Extramural activities offered by private tutors/coaches for all ages, genders and interests, are held on our premises and include:
- The musical concepts such as timbre; tempo; dynamics; pitch; pulse; melodic recognition and graphic notation are taught. The children have an opportunity to play non-melodic instruments and soon develop an appreciation and love of music.
Drama and discussion
- These activities allow for self-expression, creative thought and cognitive development. The children are able to conceptualise and internalise many themes and topics in this language [both expressive and receptive] rich activity.
- We realise the importance of books, and stories are read to the children on library day. It is important for educators of small children to have eye contact when telling stories and to not only develop the young child’s love of reading but also their imagination. The educators therefore also tell stories using drawings, puppets, soft toys and other three-dimensional objects.
- This area is changed bi-weekly. Themes have included the shoe shop; bank; restaurant; hospital; camping; veterinary surgery; post office and beach. It encourages language, life and social skills.
- Puzzles are graded and are rotated weekly. Educational games and construction, manipulative toys are available. The educator on duty also extends the block area, by adding wheel toys, soft toys and plastic creatures
- Creative activities are done in the art room or outdoors. The children have an opportunity to work freely with paint; play dough and various drawing mediums. They also construct or complete collage activities using different waste or recyclable materials. When all activities are planned, the educator bears in mind that as we are an open-plan school, she will have to have activities that all ages can enjoy.
This concept was developed by Lise Harrison, a pre-primary educator. It is a readiness programme for children ages 3 to 5 years. It is a small group activity, involving practical exploration of concepts, collaboration and two-dimensional application and consolidation. The concepts start with the concept of ‘self’ initially and then we move into the children’s environment. The concepts are more concrete; then become more abstract. The carefully planned activities help the children develop listening skills, problem-solving skills, pre-reading and pre-writing skills and above all, self-confidence and a positive attitude to learning.