How does our programme promote a holistic approach to learning?

KK Junior Early Years Programme embraces the needs of the whole child and addresses his/her cognitive, physical, social, emotional, creative and ethical development. Our curriculum is based on the six areas of learning outlined for the foundation stage’. We also incorporate music and movement, cultural awareness, environmental awareness and grace and courtesy exercises. We believe that by unlocking a child’s creative potential learning is maximised through a sensory, visual, auditory and kinesthetic experience. This creative approach, along with a focus on the important 6 areas of learning for early years, combines to offer an integrated holistic learning programme, where independent learning, curiosity and enthusiasm is developed.

The six areas of learning combine to lay the foundation for future learning. Below are the six areas of learning:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

This area of learning is about emotional well being, knowing who you are and where you fit in and feeling good about yourself. It is also about developing respect for others, social competence and a positive disposition to learn.

Children will have the opportunity to:
• Develop care of self and the environment
• Take turns, share and play appropriately
• Build confidence and self-esteem
• Understand right from wrong
• Understand and value differences between people, cultures and religions
• Develop independence
• Adjust to change
• Express feelings appropriately

Communication, Language and Literacy
This area of learning includes communication, speaking and listening, developing a love of books and stories, and developing important skills for future reading and writing.

Children will have the opportunity to:
• Enjoy listening to and using spoken and written language and readily turn it into play and use to communicate their needs with others
• Extend their vocabulary and develop language skills
• Listen to and join in with stories, poems and songs, one to one and also in small groups
• Show interest in illustrations and print in books and in the environment
• Learn how to handle books carefully and appropriately
• Engage in activities requiring hand-eye coordination and use one-handed tools and equipment
• Use puppets and props to make up or retell stories
• Listen to stories through the means of ICT and story tapes
• Contribute photo, drawings, favorite pictures, and artifacts towards child’s own personal diary and encourage turning pages, looking and talking about books
• Begin to use anticlockwise movement and trace vertical lines
• Use a variety of crayons, pencils and thick chalk and learn to hold in correct pencil grip

Problem Solving and Numeracy

This area of learning includes counting, sorting, matching, pairing, seeking patterns, making connections, working with shapes, space, volume, and developing appropriate mathematical vocabulary.

Children will have the opportunity to:
• Enjoy joining in with number rhymes and songs
• Use numbers and mathematical concepts in play
• Compare groups of objects and organize objects into groups or classification
• Use shape in play and with puzzles, and be aware of shape in the environment
• Observe and use positional language
• Have the opportunity to construct large and small equipment
• Have the opportunity to engage in sand and water play to measure and pour
• Develop an awareness of time, order and sequencing of events.

Creative Development

Creativity is fundamental to successful learning. Being creative enables children to make connections between one area of learning and another and to extend their understanding. This area of learning includes art, music, dance and movement to music, role play and drama, and imaginative play.

Children will have the opportunity to:
• Explore color, shape, pattern, form and space in 2 and 3 dimensions
• Recognize how sounds can be changed, sing simple songs from memory and make sounds and With body rhythm and musical instruments
• Listen to a range of music/rhythm/instruments
• Make constructions, collages, paintings and drawings using a range of media and materials
• Learn through all of their senses
• Use imagination and ideas, and communicate some of those ideas to others
• Use their bodies to explore texture and space
• Work creatively on a large and small scale
• Use a range of tools and materials with assistance

Physical Development

Physical development is intrinsic in everything young children do. Racing around on toy tractors, organizing the play farm or rolling out some play dough are all everyday examples of children’s’ growing physical skills. It helps children gain confidence in what they do and enables them to feel the positive benefits of being Healthy and active. Effective physical development helps children develop a positive sense of well being.

Children will have the opportunity to:
• Explore a range of outdoor and indoor large play equipment in a range of ways such as climbing, jumping, balancing, crawling, sliding and rolling
• Construct with large materials such as planks, blocks, cartons and lengths of fabric
• Operate large and small equipment by means of pushing, pulling and turning
• Engage in activities requiring hand-eye coordination such as puzzles, threading, posting, play dough, pouring, stacking and small world equipment
• Explore the dress up clothes, hats, costumes, masks and develop independent dressing skills and observe self and others in mirrors
• Show an awareness of space, themselves and others through movement to music, dance, and actions to songs, outdoor games, water play and ride on equipment
• Use a range of mark making tools both vertically (murals) and on flat surfaces of various levels (table top, floor, pavement, sand)
• Explore sensory materials such as shaving foam, slime, sand, mud, rice, and textured paper/fabric

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

In this area of learning, children are developing crucial knowledge, skills and understanding which help them to make sense of the world. This forms the foundation for later work in science, design and technology, geography, history, and ICT.

Children will have the opportunity to:
• Show curiosity and observe and manipulate objects
• Investigate construction materials and small world equipment
• Use a range of objects and tools safely and appropriately
• Observe changes in the environment, weather and living creatures
• Have opportunity to be involved in long term growing projects i.e., seeds/plants/vegetables
• Explore their environment and notice features in the place where they live and natural world
• Gain an awareness of the cultures and beliefs of others