PRE-PRIMARY: THE FOUNDATION STAGE: Foundation years are the beginning steps towards school life. During these Foundation years children develop their understanding of school life and learn to follow routines. It is an exciting time for children to explore, learn, interact with other children and have fun while at the same time to gain confidence, grow independently, and develop cognitive and motor skills. At GEMS Cambridge International School, our goal is to foster a love for learning that prepares students to become lifelong learners. In our Pre-Primary world the joyful journey starts at the age of two and half+. The learning and joyous journey continues for three consecutive years. The Foundation years plan focuses on all the essential skills that help in overall development of the child. Skills, knowledge and activities in these areas prepare young students socially and academically for entry into primary school. The skills developed in Pre-Foundation and Foundation Stage I are strengthened up in Foundation Stage II.
Pre-Primary curriculum at GCISH is designed to enable students to achieve their full potential. At this level learning is accomplished by doing, touching, and seeing. In school children happily spend four hours in the world of letters, numbers, knowledge of the world around, play, rhymes and stories. For these years’ Time Table is set to engage young children in different activities to develop their academic, social and other skills required for their growth. This being the foundation stage, the curriculum is activity oriented and multi-sensory modes of learning are emphasized to encourage strengthening of language and communication, Mathematical and logical Thinking, Knowledge of the world around, development of motor skills, emotional and social skills, as well as creative and rhythmic skills.
CLASSROOM SETUP: Our specially-designed classrooms and school set up allows children to experience safe and exciting learning. Classrooms are set with colourful and learning display. As child discovers the world, our teachers are there to nurture, encourage and guide. In these early years, every day is an opportunity for astounding growth. As per our school motto ‘Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day’ we believe that all students are capable of learning and meeting academic and social standards by providing the right environment.
PARENTS’ INVOLVEMENT: We value role of parents. Parents and teachers together, can strengthen the foundation for child’s personal, academic and global future. Parent involvement in early childhood education can extend the school activities to the real-world experiences at home. Time to time we invite parents for productive involvement with their child in the school. They are acquainted with the teaching methodology of the school by specially planned ‘Teaching Sessions for Mothers’.
ASSESSMENT: Assessment at the Pre-Primary level is a continuous process of observing the child’s progress, as he/she participates in different writing and classroom activities. There are no formal exams. Time to time, growth of developmental milestones and learning outcomes are assessed and shared with parents.