Cultural - 11/04/2015
We value the unique richness of every individual child. The children are taught to love each other and to respect each other’s differences. Cultural activities form an integral part of developing balanced children. The Pre-Primary strives to lay a strong foundation for all areas of development.
Music is one of the components of Arts and Culture and is presented in a fun-filled manner, by our well qualified ECD teachers. Listening activities, singing, music with movement, dancing and playing instruments are included in our differentiated curriculum.
The children sing and move creatively to children’s rhymes, songs and stories. The children are encouraged to discover and experiment with sound, by being exposed to music corners in the classroom, listening to a variety of music, drumming, classical music appreciation and the playing of percussion instruments.
The basic concepts of music i.e. mood, tempo, dynamics and rhythm are experienced through body movement. Percussion work allows for joyful participation and promotes group identification. It encourages creativity and improvisation, and rhythm and beat are reinforced.
The children participate in art activities daily. Experimenting with different materials and textures, creative thinking, planning, sensory development, self-expression, endurance and the development of fine motor skills, are a few of the benefits of our exciting creative art programme.
The children are given the opportunity to display their artwork at an annual art exhibition.
One of our most anticipated annual events is our Pre-Primary School Concert. With all things fun in our school, there is always a well-planned purpose. During our concert we strive to build the children’s self-confidence whilst performing in front of other children and adults. Their social skills are developed as they perform cohesively as a group. They work on auditory memory and listening skills as they rehearse and learn all the wonderful songs, and try their best to follow their teacher’s instructions. Finally, their gross motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination are strengthened through each movement and dance.
During our exciting theme discussions, we explore our rich South African Heritage and Rainbow Nation. We sing songs in different languages and practice different greetings. “Boerewors rolls”, biltong, “koeksisters” and Mopani worms have also become an annual treat during our South African week.
At Trinityhouse Pre-Primary, learning is always a fun experience!
Jacky de Blocq
Heritage Hill Pre-Primary