Pre Primary



Academics form the back bone of any educational organisation. WeCan Schools firmly believe in this principle and is determined to deliver the best learning and growing experience to every student. In our endeavour to strengthen academics WeCan has developed a team of well qualified and experienced educationists working towards research and development of curriculum according to the guidelines provided by the Educational Ministry. The entire Pre-primary curriculum has been revised and rebuilt to meet the global standards.

CHILD - CENTRED CURRICULUM

The curriculum at WeCan is designed to meet the needs of a child. Understanding the learning requirements of a child at different ages is the key feature around which the curriculum revolves. It is also ensured that the curriculum is framed in such a manner that it contains lot of activities and practical teaching practices to develop the interest of the students.

Understanding the need and ability of a pre – schooler, we have introduced basic compulsory exercises with them to strengthen the Gross Motor skills. Similarly, fine motor activities like colouring, scribbling, paper folding, sponge dabbing, paper crumbling, playing with dough, paints and various other art and craft activities are being practiced on a wider scale for better eye – hand and finger coordination .


LEARNING THROUGH ACTIVITY

Love, care, attention and patience are what a child experiences when he or she opens the eyes for the first time in this world. Similarly when a child steps into the school for the first time he needs the same love, care, attention and patience in the entirely new environment.

A child’s development takes place rapidly in the initial years of his childhood. The child shows development of many types like:

  • Physical Development
  • Mental Development
  • Social Development
  • Emotional Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Fine Motor Skill Development
  • Gross Motor Skill Development

The various learning of art and craft activities stimulates the imagination and creativity of a pre-schooler. They enhance the various types of development. Such activities include painting, drawing, moulding, colouring, scribbling, dancing, singing, etc. These activities are enjoyed naturally by a kid. Such type of learning is called Activity Based Learning or ABL which describes a range of pedagogical approaches to teaching. Its core premises include the requirement that learning should be based on doing some hands on experiment and activities. The idea of activity based learning is rooted in the common notion that children are active learners rather than passive recipients of information. If the children are provided opportunity to explore on their own and provided an optimum learning environment then the learning becomes joyful and long lasting.

There are social, physical and psychological advantages for children who participate in school activities. Rather than allowing kids to spend all of their leisure time parked in front of the television or playing video games. Parents who encourage children to participate in activities of the home are aiding in their development.


MONTHLY THEME – WISE PLANNERS

A child tends to learn a lot from the things that are seen in our surroundings. He or She develops curiosity and readiness to explore and know more. Based on this simple fact we have selected various monthly themes like Our Community Helpers, Animal World, Fruits & Vegetables, Seasons, Festivals, etc to provide a clear insight about the topic. Every month a child learns all possible things on the given theme, does picture reading, oral and conversation to conceptually understand the topic. Various activities are also framed around the theme to maintain a balance between interesting and practical teaching practices.

A child tends to learn a lot from the things that are seen in our surroundings. He or She develops curiosity and readiness to explore and know more. Based on this simple fact we have selected various monthly themes like Our Community Helpers, Animal World, Fruits & Vegetables, Seasons, Festivals, etc to provide a clear insight about the topic. Every month a child learns all possible things on the given theme, does picture reading, oral and conversation to conceptually understand the topic. Various activities are also framed around the theme to maintain a balance between interesting and practical teaching practices.


INTEGRATION OF VISUAL AIDS

Picture talk, charts, flash cards, etc. have been integrated with monthly themes to develop child’s conversational and interactive skills, stimulating his/ her ability to think.


SOCIO - DRAMATIC PLAY

Introduction to “Socio – Dramatic Play” has been one of the major milestone in the new designed curriculum. It is designed “FOR the children and BY the children”. Students get acquainted to general surroundings through rhymes, drama and enactments. This interesting format allows the student to be an active participant in the drama thus enabling them to exhibit their creativity and imagination as they grasp the basic principles with ease.

A simple example can be quoted where students learn about what is a Supermarket and it’s functioning. To introduce the concept rather than taking students to a Supermarket where the student becomes a passive observer, a Supermarket scene is created within the school. Here a student becomes the customer, salesperson, guard, manager, cashier, etc thus following the principle of “FOR the children and BY the children”. Active participation makes the experience unforgettable for each student.


COMPETITIONS

We encourage learning through healthy competitions which instils confidence among children and spurs positive approach. Competitions like role play, recitation, fancy dress, dance, storytelling reduces the hesitation and enhances communication skills. Students are also appreciated through certificates for participating in such competitions. This provides them the necessary motivation. It also helps in bringing out the hidden potential within a child.

Working on the same principle we have also initiated “Writing on Stroke pattern”. During the child’s preschool years, an important milestone begins to emerge. This is the development of pre-writing skills. Pre-writing skills are used to encourage, develop and support opportunities for the preschool child to begin writing.

When the child begins to show interest in writing, it is really an exciting time which should be encouraged. As a parent, you may find it difficult in knowing where to begin.

Pre writing skills involve the skills a child needs in order to learn to write. These skills include sensor motor skills which enable a child to hold and use a pencil which gives them the ability to copy, trace, draw and colour. One of the fundamentals of pre-writing skills is pattern writing. Pattern writing is specific stokes that comprise in all letters and numbers. As a child practices pattern writing through copying and tracing this will give them the confidence and ability to write letters and numbers correctly.


PRE - WRITING SKILLS TASKS

“Writing on Stroke pattern” is an important milestone that begins to emerge during the child’s preschool years. This is the development of pre-writing skills. Pre-writing skills are used to encourage, develop and support opportunities for the preschool child to begin writing.

When the child begins to show interest in writing, it is really an exciting time which should be encouraged. As a parent, you may find it difficult in knowing where to begin.

Pre writing skills involve the skills a child needs in order to learn to write. These skills include sensor motor skills which enable a child to hold and use a pencil which gives them the ability to copy, trace, draw and colour. One of the fundamentals of pre-writing skills is pattern writing. Pattern writing is specific stokes that comprise in all letters and numbers. As a child practices pattern writing through copying and tracing this will give them the confidence and ability to write letters and numbers correctly.

There are a number of pre-writing tasks that WeCan uses to encourage and support a child in their pre-writing skills. These include but not limited to:

  • Pattern writing
  • Tracing shapes and patterns
  • Dot to Dots
  • Colouring In
  • Drawing
  • Copying lines

All the above strategies help the child to pick up writing with utmost ease and comfort.


HOLDING A PENCIL CORRECTLY

This is one of the most basic principles in developing your child’s pre-writing skills – holding a pencil correctly. The child may already be able to grasp a crayon with their whole fist. When holding a pencil the child will need to learn to use their thumb, pointer and middle finger (dynamic grasp) to grip around the bottom of the pencil to gain better control of writing. This is also considered the correct grasp to use when writing. It is fairly common at this stage that the child will still be learning how to correctly hold their pencil. At WeCan we gently remind and show our students the correct grasp, when it comes to writing.


PATTERN WRITING

Pattern writing aims to help the pre-school child in the development of pre-writing skills. It provides the child the ability to use cognitive development, observations, hand-eye co-ordination and encourages the child to draw in a specific direction. The basic lines and curves (that are traced over broken lines) which are included in pattern writing are essential to the development of learning to write letters.

  • Standing Lines and Sleeping Lines – helps the child to learn to write the following letters E, F, H, I, L and T.
  • Slanting Lines: Left to Right and Right to Left and Up and Down – helps the child to learn to write the following A, M, V and W.
  • Curves: Upwards, Downwards, To the Left and To the Right – helps the child to learn to write the following C, O, Q, U.

This revamped curriculum is now “Child-Centred” and “Child- Friendly”.

  • Many new educational activities designed and implemented to make learning fun filled.
  • Curriculum designed to match the Early Childhood principles. Yearly planners handed over to parents as well to understand the progress of their ward and develop a transparency between the school administration and parents.
  • Emphasis given on participation of students in various events, celebrations and activities. This will enable the students to develop confidence, enhance their speaking skills and expose them to outer world.
  • Classes equipped with better teaching aids and educational toys.
  • Child friendly methodology of assessment introduced.
  • New book sets designed to make learning simple and easy.