Nursery

 

There are one or two classes in Nursery, depending on need. Please see below for our expectations for the year ahead and some information about our curriculum. Click on the + icons below to view more information.

The Nursery program follows the International School of Lusaka's Mission Statement and Philosophy. Children develop self awareness and become confident and independent. Play is an important aspect of Nursery and we aim to provide an attractive environment that will stimulate learning. Children are given the opportunity to investigate and experiment at their own pace and to their own interests. School is seen as an extension of home and it makes use of the cultural diversity present in the classroom as the basis for recognizing the values of each and every culture represented.

As adopted from the School Curriculum Assessment Association, "Nursery Educational Desirable Outcomes for Childrens' Learning", the desirable outcomes are goals for a child's learning before they enter formal education. The goals emphasize early literacy, numeracy and the development of personal and social skills and contribute to a child’s knowledge, understanding and skill sets. Presented as 6 areas of learning, they provide a foundation for later learning.

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

These outcomes focus on children learning how to work, play, cooperate with others and function in a group beyond their family. They cover important aspects of personal, social, moral and spiritual development including the development of personal values and an understanding of self and others.

1.Children are confident, show appropriate self respect and are able to establish effective relationships with other children and with adults.
2.They work as part of a group and independently, are able to concentrate and preserve in their learning and to
seek help where needed.
3.They are eager to explore new learning and show the ability to initiate ideas and to solve simple practical problems.
4.They demonstrate independence in selecting an activity or resources and in dressing and personal hygiene.
5.They take turns and share fairly.
6.They express feelings and behave in appropriate ways, developing an understanding of what is right, what is
wrong and why.
7.They treat living things properly and their environment with care and concern.

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY

These outcomes cover important aspects of language development and provide the foundation of literacy. The outcomes focus on children developing competence in speaking and listening and in becoming readers and writers.

1.In small and large groups, children listen attentively and talk about their experiences.
2.They use a growing vocabulary with increasing fluency to express thoughts and convey meaning to the listeners.
3.They listen and respond to stories, songs, Nursery Rhymes and poems.
4.They make up their own stories and take part in role play with confidence.
5.Children enjoy books and handle them carefully, understanding how they are organized.
6.They know that words and pictures carry meaning and that print is read from left to right.
7.They begin to associate sounds with patterns in rhymes, with syllables and with words and letters.

MATHEMATICS

These outcomes cover important aspects of mathematical understanding and provide the foundation of numeric understanding. They focus on achievement through practical activities and ongoing understanding into the development of simple mathematical ideas.

1.Children use mathematical language, such as circle, big/small, bigger than and more, to describe shape, position, size and quantity.
2.They are familiar with number rhymes, songs, stories, counting games and activities.
3.They compare, sort, match, and count everyday objects.
4.They use numbers to 10 and are familiar with large numbers from their everyday lives.
5.They begin to use their developing mathematical understanding to solve practical problems.
6.They know that words and pictures carry meaning and that print is read from left to right.

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD

These outcomes focus on children’s developing knowledge and understanding of the environment, other people and features of the natural and man made world.

1.Children talk about where they live, their environment, their families and past and present events in their own lives.
2.They explore and recognize features of living things, objects and events, different pattern and changes.
3.They talk about why things happen and how they work.
4.They explore and select materials and equipment and use skills such as cutting, pasting, folding and building for a variety of purposes.
5.They use technology, where appropriate, to support their learning.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

In keeping with in the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Social Studies and Science will be taught within Units of Inquiry. These Units will run for approximately 8 weeks and will incorporate as many subjects as appropriate.

The Organizing Themes with Central Ideas for Year Nursery are:

Central Idea: Clever choices help keep us healthy.
An inquiry into: Healthy lifestyle, Personal hygiene, Being responsible
Central Idea: Imagination comes alive through stories, rhymes and songs.
An inquiry into: Stories in songs and rhymes, Relating to characters, Communication through play.
Central Idea: Adaptation to any weather helps us enjoy it.
An inquiry into: Different kinds of weather, Adaptation to weather.
Central Idea: New environments help us develop new connections and understandings.
An inquiry into: Understanding routines, Adapting to new environments.

PERSONAL SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PSHE)

These outcomes focus on children’s developing physical control, mobility, awareness of space and manipulative skills in indoor and outdoor environment. They include establishing positive attitudes towards a healthy and active way of life.

Students move about the play space and freely practice throwing balls, balloons scarves, quoits in the air, and attempt to catch them. Students roll and throw balls/ balloons against a wall and make attempts to catch them on the rebound. In
swimming, students develop water confidence fundamentals through a series of varied activities in level one. The focus
will be on Stage One.

The PE Department would like to remind and encourage the Nursery students to come dressed in the recommended PE kit for PE lessons. As the season is getting hotter, it is important to bring in an extra water supply to school on PE days. Furthermore, it is mandatory for everyone to acquire the accepted ISL swimming costume unless otherwise
stated.

CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT AND ART

These outcomes focus on the development of children’s imagination and their ability to communicate and to express ideas and feelings in creative ways.

1.Children explore sound and color, texture, shape, form and space in two dimensions.
2.They respond in a variety of ways to what they see, hear, smell, touch and feel.
3.Through art, music, dance, stories and imaginative play, they show an increasing ability to use their imagination to listen and to observe.
4.They use a widening range of materials, suitable tools, instruments and other resources to express ideas and to communicate their feelings.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

They are introduced to technology through use of Learn Pads in classrooms and encouraged to use IT vocabulary, where appropriate, to support their learning.

MUSIC

We introduce the children to simple songs that match their current speech patterns. The children play a variety of
instruments that foster the learner profile. The children dance and express themselves through actions to songs.

Zambian Studies

Lessons incorporate what is learned in class, using local vernacular. We consolidate and make terms familiar and fun to learn.

LIBRARY

Nursery students visit the library once in a week and they will have experiences with puppets, books and dramatic play
to tell stories. We encourage the children to develop a love of books and reading. They also learn how to turn the pages,
take care of a book and the location of picture books. Parents are welcome to borrow up to 5 books to read with their child for 2 weeks.