Home away from home
At Windhoek Gymnasium, our pre-primary school provides a safe, nurturing environment where children from 3 years to 6 years (Grade R) are cared for and engaged in play-based developmental activities. The classes are divided by age groups and each class has one or more assistants depending on the number of children. Our classrooms are designed to encourage educational curiosity, while our playgrounds are equipped with play structures that inspire physical development through movement and play.
We create an environment of opportunity where the child learns general knowledge, the right attitudes, ethical and moral principles. To find out what activities we have on offer, contact the school or view our fact sheet.
Namibia’s pre-primary curriculum
The curriculum is based on Stepping Stones by Grové and Hauptfleish, All-in-One, and The South African Teacher Association Manual for Teaching (3 to 5 years). Our curriculum focuses on the holistic development of the child – emotional, perceptual, motorial, social and intellectual – and is enriched by regular excursions to interesting venues and additional activities providing the learner with a basis to master specific academic skills at a later stage.
Early Learning and Development Areas
Our internally developed programme is designed with the Early Learning and Development Areas (ELDAs) in mind. The programme is designed to stimulate physical, social, emotional and cognitive well-being through developmental activities and engaging play areas. These ELDAs focus on aspects such as gross motor development, social awareness, communication, spatial awareness and arts.
The development of curiosity and imagination in early childhood is vitally important to the development of problem-solving skills and critical thinking later on. Therefore, we encourage playing with loose-parts and multi-purpose playthings, rather than single-purpose toys that don’t involve much imagination. Through loose-parts play, children use their natural curiosity to explore previously undiscovered fascinations such as stacking, rolling, sliding, fitting, colours, and more.
Grade R is the bridge from the tangible world to the world of symbols and numbers in Grade 1. Therefore, we focus on an integrated play-based programme that aims to develop the children’s phonological, literacy, mathematical, and creative problem-solving skills in a fun way that will ensure they are well prepared for primary school.