Junior preparatory phase: Grades R to 3
Why we do sport the way we do it at Grantleigh
The philosophy of sport at Grantleigh is one of instilling a love for competitive sport from a young age with the main aim being that of having fun. We strive to make our sports teams as competitive as possible without losing focus on the fun aspect, love of the game and the importance of always giving of one’s best. Our sportsmen and women are taught to win with humility, lose with dignity and show good sportsmanship at all times.
To achieve this, we take guidance from the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model as this is considered to be most suitable to our situation. It governs the sports policy formation, as well as aims and objectives. This model of athlete development is internationally recognised and underwritten by SASCOC in the South African Sport for Life programme. The LTAD guides us on what the appropriate learner ages are to introduce the various aspects of sport with the ultimate goal of developing a love for sports participation that will be life-long, creating healthy, lifestyle-disease free adults.
Large motor co-ordination; balance; spatial awareness; laterality and core muscle development are encouraged in this educator directed activity. The children work with various apparatus to achieve this.
This area is extended daily with different apparatus. Apart from water and sand play equipment, wheel toys, climbing apparatus and swings, we have a sensopathic garden and a vegetable garden. The educator on duty also extends imaginative and cooperative play in the garden with adventure play equipment.
A learning table is set up for the children to explore various themes. It is an interactive table. The children also go on outings and have guest speakers for some of the themes. Visits have included: Enseleni Game Reserve; a nearby farm; the Kwambonambi air strip and the local post office to post letters to Father Christmas. Visitors have been the fire department, a nurse, a dentist, a spider enthusiast, the SPCA and an empathy dog.
Other activities that are our ‘special days’: Entrepreneurs' day, galas, fun athletics day, baking or a braai at school, mini-Olympics, parents’ days and concerts.
Other activities offered by private tutors/coaches held on Curro Select Grantleigh premises: