Our Kindergarten programmes aim to nurture a love of books and reading, giving students a thorough grounding in the language and literacy skills they will need to succeed in primary school. We use books and stories to engage the children's interest and as a springboard for developing their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

Kindergarten 1

For children 4 to 5 old
Class duration - 2 hours

Building a strong foundation in the English language, children are involved in 7- 8 different language activities each lesson, to ensure that they are suitably stimulated and engaged.
In Kindergarten 1 we build confidence in the following skills:
  • recognise a range of high frequency words
  • read simple books with understanding
  • identify all the initial letter sounds (phonics) and be starting to blend sounds together
  • appreciate stories and be able to retell a story in their own words
  • listen to others and participate readily in group work and class discussions
  • use a pencil correctly to draw and write simple sentences of their own composition
  • have a knowledge of simple spelling patterns when writing
  • use a sufficiently broad vocabulary to be able to express themselves clearly

Kindergarten 2

For children 5 to 6 years old
Class duration - 2 hours

Kindergarten 2 is an important year for our students, as it is the year when they start preparing in earnest for their transition to Primary 1. We give students a thorough grounding in the language and literacy skills across speaking, listening, reading, writing and phonics for success at primary school.

In Kindergarten 2 we build confidence in the following skills:
  • speak clearly and in full sentences
  • read and spell a range of high frequency words
  • read age appropriate books with understanding, and be able to predict a simple storyline
  • use phonic sounds and blends to assist with decoding and spelling
  • appreciate stories, retell a story in their own words and sequence the main events of a story
  • listen to others and participate confidently in group work and class discussions
  • write a short story of their own composition comprising of at least three or four simple sentences
  • understand and apply basic punctuation conventions
  • use a sufficiently broad vocabulary to be able to express themselves clearly

Fun with Phonics

For children 4 to 6 years old
Class duration - 2 hours

Fun with Phonics is a unique new phonics programme designed by our curriculum team at Lorna Whiston to support children with reading, writing and spelling. It is a systematic, sequential programme that teaches students the individual letter sounds and the skills of blending and segmenting that are necessary for them to learn to read and write. The children are taught to listen carefully to the sounds of words, to identify the sounds they hear and to relate them to the words on a page.

The programme is taught through a wide variety of fun, multi-sensory activities. Puppets, puzzles, stories, songs, rhymes, art and craft activities and phonic games all feature regularly, ensuring that phonics is taught in an effective and enjoyable way.

There are three distinct levels to the Fun with Phonics programme:
  1. Ready! - introduces children to the initial letter names, sounds and shapes. Having grasped these concepts, the children are then introduced to simple blending.
  2. Steady! - focuses on CVC blending (a word made up of a consonant, vowel and consonant), two letter consonants blends, consonant digraphs and rhyming words.
  3. Go! - reviews letter blends before moving on to more complex phonics such as word endings, vowel digraphs and three letter blends.
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