The Orange Environment

  • The Orange Environment consists of the children aged 3 to 6 years old.

  • The Orange class is equipped with Montessori apparatus across the five main areas, namely practical life, sensorial, mathematical, language and cultural

  • This class has a large playground with age appropriate outdoor equipment.

School Hours

  • There is an optional early drop off at 07h00.

  • The Green Environment’s school hours are 07h45 to 12h00 (18 months – 3 years).

  • The Orange Environment’s school hours are from 07h45 to 12h30 (3-6 years).

  • The Junior Primary’s hours are from 07h45 to 13h30 (6-9 years)

  • There is an optional aftercare service until 16h30.

  • The school calendar is based on the three term independent school calendar. Slight variations may exist.

School day

  • Our official school starting time is 7h45. Children may arrive at school from 7h00.

  • Each day commences with an uninterrupted work cycle followed by ring then snack and break

  • In the Orange and Blue environments the children place their belongings in their lockers and enter the classroom independently. They then begin their work cycle.

  • They generally select work that ‘settles’ them into their school day. This is unique to each child.

  • One of the key components of the Montessori approach is the unlimited, undisturbed work cycle.  This is the time when children utilize materials to achieve their learning potential.

  • Throughout the work cycle children select and carry out activities that have been presented to them at this time or previously, and then return materials to their rightful place. They do so independently. However, the directresses actively engage with the children throughout their work cycle. They work across all areas of the classroom, namely practical life, sensorial, mathematical, language and cultural. The directresses ensure the classroom is free of disturbance and that constructive learning takes place for each child daily and in accordance with their learning needs and potential.

  • All individual apparatus is packed away and a group lesson takes place ‘on the ring’ at approximately 10h15 for the Orange environment (3-6 years). The calendar is changed, facts are shared and discussions are held on the theme of the week.
  • The children then eat snack together on tables outside. When they are finished their snack the children play outside under the supervision of the directresses.

Monday

At 11h30 playtime ends and the children divide into two groups for Afrikaans and isiZulu lessons. In these lessons the students are introduced to conversational language and the basics of the languages. They learn the greetings, numbers and counting, as well as the days of the week. Common vocabulary relating to topics such as animals, clothing, the home, garden and so forth are covered and repeated. This is reinforced with songs and artworks relating to these topics. The lessons are provided by ‘visiting teachers’ from within the school and in this way the children are exposed to working in groups with other teachers.

The children visit ‘the farmyard’ on the school property. The children feed are rabbits, ducks and chickens. They enjoy safe and respectful interaction with the animals.

Optional extra mural:  Soccer (half an hour, after snack time)

Tuesday

At 11h30 playtime ends and the children do a group activity. One group of children completes an art and craft activity, often relating to the theme. The other group takes part in a gross motor lesson. This is followed by story time if time allows.

Optional extra mural: Drama (half an hour, after snack time)

Wednesday

At 11h30 playtime ends and the children divide into two groups for Afrikaans and isiZulu lessons. If a child received an isiZulu lesson on the Monday of the week, then they will do Afrikaans on the Wednesday and visa versa. In this way every child completes both isiZulu and Afrikaans lessons every week.

The children then divide into small groups to do ‘show and tell’. There are three to four Wednesdays per term that have set ‘show and tell’ topics known as ‘special show and tell’. On the other Wednesdays, children may bring any item of interest, with the exception of live animals and dangerous items. By carrying out this activity the students are introduced to oral presentation skills in a fun, supportive and gentle way.

Optional extra mural: Playball (half an hour, after snack time)

Thursday

At 11h30 playtime ends and the children do a group activity. One group of children completes an art and craft activity, often relating to the theme. The other group takes part in a gross motor lesson. If a child took part in a gross motor lesson on the Tuesday of the week, then they will do art and crafts on the Thursday and visa versa. In this way every child completes both the art and craft activity and the gross motor lesson every week.

This is followed by story time if time allows.

Optional extra mural: Dance Mouse (half an hour, after snack time)

Friday

At 11h45 playtime ends and the children do a fun activity, play games or listen to stories.

Extra Murals

  • The following extra mural activities are offered at the school.

  • These take place from 10h30 onwards.

  • Children taking part in extra activities therefore still benefit from an uninterrupted work cycle.

Playball

Sport and Movement Development Specialists

Playball introduces children to 7 different sports and develops: listening skills, perception, life skills, self-confidence, gross motor skills, co-ordination, left / right dominance, concentration, rhythm and timing, midline crossing, independence and balance. Groups consist of 4-8 children per class. Coaching is creative and individual attention is given in a non-competitive environment.

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Dance Mouse

The Dance Mouse syllabus is aimed at boys and girls. It introduces various dance forms with a focus on body conditioning and pilates techniques.

The primary aim is to encourage children to enjoy dance expression and to increase the passion and love of dance in South Africa. It allows the child technical training, spatial awareness, rhythm and exercise.It builds this through self confidence and is fun.

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Soccer

Soccer takes place once a week on a Monday.

Drama with The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy

This programme empowers young children through creative drama, working with children to build confidence, communication and interactive skills though drama techniques, for example: storytelling, improvisation, devised theatre and play, mime and dance and much more.

This curriculum runs throughout school terms. The sessions run set and seasonal themes throughout the year. The lessons are structured and devised to allow creative development.

Website link: www.dramaafrica.com