Academics
Nursery
Safeway-Nursery

We are conscious of the singularities of various levels of child development and we continuously assess each child’s progress. Children’s capabilities are assessed at the beginning to determine their level of development and coordination. Life skills are developed and a foundation is laid for future years of study and social orientation. Much pre-reading work is done and a majority of students are reading with confidence by the time they leave the school.

Apart from the basic skills in reading, writing and mathematics, emphasis is placed on new subjects such as computer science, current affairs, French, aptitude and creative writing. The children are also introduced to primary school mathematics.

By the end of nursery 2, children are able to name and distinguish all the colors, use prepositions, express their feelings and follow instructions. They are able to dress themselves, distinguish between left and right and recall stories and songs. They are familiar with numbers up to 20 and are able to play simple number games, the words ‘take away and ‘add; having been introduced. They begin to learn French by singing songs in French. They can at this stage be given certain responsibilities.

By the end of nursery 3, the children can read short stories from ‘read it yourself’ books by sound reading, write dictation and spell 3 to 6 letter words. They are introduced to the 42 main sounds of English and not just the alphabet sounds. They understand nouns, pronouns, verbs and prepositions. They can subtract and add with carrying, they know the times table 1 to 7, they can count 1 to 1000, they can write roman numerals I to L (1 to 50), do simple fractions and identify at least 10 geometrical shapes. They are taught French songs and can respond to simple commands in French and converse in short sentences. They are introduced to painting and appliqué and can type short words on the computer.