JUNIOR PREPARATORY (Grade R to 3)
'Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.' William Butler Yeats
At Grantleigh learners are individuals and are loved unconditionally. Through teaching of the highest calibre, Junior Prep learners are encouraged to think for themselves, to use the skills they have acquired in various contexts to express their own enthusiasm and to rejoice in the differences that exist between them.
This passion for bringing out the unique talents in each learner lies at the heart of our education philosophy, ensuring that learners will want to go on learning all their lives. This is achieved through a caring and dedicated staff, well-adjusted learners and a very supportive parent body.
For effective learning to take place, learners must be actively engaged, therefore they are exposed to cooperative, integrated and varied learning experiences. To ensure this, educators keep up with modern and innovative teaching trends. We always endeavour to create an environment that is safe both physically and emotionally, where authentic relationships can develop between educators and their learners.
To support the academic programme, the learners receive specialised teaching in certain subjects. They do this in groups of no more than 13 to optimise the learning experience.
Junior Prep computers
Grantleigh is following the 'Why Not Computing' curriculum, which provides all the components learners require to master the computer. The computer is used as a tool for problem-solving, creative expression and communication. It provides learners with motivation and the means to improve their learning capabilities. In short, it supports other areas of learning and enables them to master their world.
Junior Prep music
The benefits of music for young children in their cognitive, physical and emotional development seem to be limitless. At Grantleigh we use music to improve the learner’s concentration, memory, coordination, fine motor skills, listening and communication skills, as well as their confidence. And then there is the most important reward of all — music is fun!
Junior Prep media
The well-stocked library provides a haven in which learners can explore their new-found reading skills and they have a weekly opportunity to exchange books which they enjoy at home.
Junior Prep art
The Junior Prep art room is a place of creativity and fun. The learners are exposed to a variety of different mediums and the wonderful young talent is showcased in a variety of places around the school.
In conclusion, learners at Grantleigh are encouraged to think independently and actively participate in the learning process and in this way they are led to independence and self-discovery.