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 are divided in to their “horse groups”. They are in the same group for the whole year. These are the Appaloosas and Chincos. Activities alternate between the directresses over a two week cycle. These activities include: art, baking, motor skills, and cultural studies. They do change from time to time. This is in order to increase flexibility between environments and directresses and in order to carry out more elaborate activities that can be done in these divided groups.

Optional extra mural: Swimming (half hour lessons throughout the morning, according to the termly timetable)

 Drama (half an hour, after snack time)

 Soccer (classes are after school)

Tuesday

At 11h30 playtime ends and the children do a group activity usually relating to the theme. This may also be a gross motor activity. This is followed by story time if time allows.

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

Wednesday

At 11h30 playtime ends and the children do ‘show and tell’ with their class. 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.

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

Thursday

At 11h30 playtime ends and the children do a group activity usually relating to the theme. This may also be a gross motor activity. This is followed by story time if time allows.

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

Friday

Each Friday a different child provides snack for the class. At 10h00 the work cycle ends and the children have snack after ring. They are introduced to selecting and preparing their own food.

At 11h45 playtime ends and the children do an activity with their own class and directresses. These are usually games, feeding the farm animals or grace and courtesy.

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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Building Kids

Building Kids is about learning through play – it’s fun!  It is a Lego based Education Program. The aim is to help children to work together on solving challenging problems by promoting creative thinking, improving communication and strengthening ability to acquire new knowledge.

Building Kids subscribes to the belief that learning should take place through construction rather than instruction.

Working alongside other children helps to develop confidence, encourages social interaction, communication and interpersonal skills. Building Kids understands that effective learning is driven by the emotions of curiosity, excitement, concentration, pride and joy.

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

Swimming with Swimsational at Aquativity

Half hour long Learn-to-Swim classes are offered year-round with a low three-to-one maximum student-to-teacher-ratio to ensure that the children receive the most patience, supervision and guidance. The attentive instructors are passionate about showing children just how fun it can be to learn a life skill that’s as important as swimming.

Aquativity pool is based nearby the school and a transport option is provided by Aquativity.

Website link: www.swimsational.co.za