Learning in the Primary Years
Primary School (Grade 1 – Grade 5)
Ages 5 – 10
The Primary School Curriculum celebrates the uniqueness of the child, as it is expressed in each child’s personality, intelligence and potential for development. It is designed to nurture the child in all dimensions of his or her life— moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical.
The curriculum seeks to develop and to foster in each child an ethical sense that will enable him or her to acquire values on which to base choices and form attitudes; it endeavours to equip children with the knowledge and skills that will serve them not only in their lives as children but later as adults; it is concerned to develop their capacity for creative expression and response; and it promotes their emotional and physical development.
Our Primary children are nurtured in a stimulating and secure environment with warm, caring and qualified teachers, who give individual attention to each child. Indoor and outdoor play areas, colourful classrooms and planned activities and events ensure that our younger ones are engaged in learning in an invigorating ambience.
In the early Primary (Grades 1 and 2) study is based on the environmental approach. In the late Primary Stage (Grades 3, 4 and 5) the emphasis is clearly on concept formation.
Students in these grades become more confident with their abilities and begin to use their knowledge of core subjects to interpret and understand their world. However the structure of learning is still heavily based on understanding concepts. In a rapidly changing society effective interpersonal and intrapersonal skills and skills in communication are essential for personal, social and educational fulfilment. The ability to think critically, to apply learning and to develop flexibility and creativity are also important factors in the success of the child’s life. The curriculum places a particular emphasis on promoting these skills and abilities so that children may cope successfully with change.