At Reach Forward, our learning programmes are based on three broad developmental spans of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Each group has their own unique needs and as such we plan accordingly.
Throughout the day our teachers, take small groups of children for lessons in Creativity (Art or drama), Literacy, Numeracy, Music (instrument knowledge and experience) and Science.
At Reach Forward, children experiment. Our creative activities are varied and diverse. Examples of creative activities available within the learning experience include painting, drawing, discovering the master artists techniques, crayons and dye, modeling, use of natural materials, cultural creative works, cutting and pasting, design and construction, use of technological tools, story sharing, inventing rhymes, puppets and drama plays.
Reach Forward offers children a wide range of experiences to support literacy, including: oral language games, phonetic alphabet activities, children’s own writing books, structured and graduated first reading books, lots of group reading, letter manipulation activities, poetry and a “print rich’ environment. Children are supported as they move from one understanding to another. Repeated practice brings success.
The materials are designed to make abstract concepts concrete. Counting is a complicated process. There is much more to it than just repeating the sequence of numbers. One of the concepts our children learn is one to one correspondence which is the ability to make a connection between the name of a number and the actual amount of objects present. Other mathematical concepts that our children are exposed to include counting, estimation, volume, shapes, colours, measurement, time, calculations, money, seriation, classification, symmetry and patterning.
Reach Forward’s music curriculum is designed to foster in children the foundations of music. Experimenting with the bells, children learn about same and different tones, high and low notes, intervals and scales. Children develop understandings of how to compose simple songs and melodies. We sing each day at “together” time; learning to move to music.
Super Science an understanding of how our world works. Experiments allow for hypothesis, estimation and conclusions to be made. The natural, physical and material worlds are explored. We see how it affects our lives, how we can use it for our benefit and we discover our responsibility to think of the future.
Specifically for the 4 year old
Reach Forward Education has designed a programme to specifically cater for the 4 year old; preparing them for their transition to school by equipping them with essential learning skills and behaviours.