Junior Prep School (1 – 3)
Speak, Read, Write, Count
Encourage Inquisitive Minds
Awakening Creativity and Imagination
Bishop Bavin Junior Prep School
In Grade One, we as educators, constantly strive to create a home away from home….an environment of caring, loving, nurturing as well as moulding and shaping each child by challenging their minds and touching their hearts. We focus on social, emotional intellectual and physical skills on a daily basis.
Our main learning areas include Language, Mathematics and Life Orientation. These are all integrated in order to ensure a meaningful learning experience.
With the introduction of Reading Eggs and Mathletics, our little ones are streaks ahead with our new technology and are learning while “playing”. We are so proud of their achievements!
In Grade One the learners have rights:
- Be safe;
- Be respectful;
- Be responsible and;
- Be healthy
We strive to work together as a team, involving teachers, parents and children.
- Team Swimming (Grades 1 – 3)
- Learn to Swim (Grades 1 – 3)
- Mini Cricket (Grade 1 – 3)
- Cricket u/9
- Mini Tennis (Grade 1)
- Mini Basketball (Grade 1 – 3)
- Chess (Grade 1 – 3 )
- Drama (Grade 2 – 3)
Academic Support Nominal or private costs:
- Gardening Club (Grade 1)
- Squash (Grade 1 – 3)
- Karate (Grade 1 – 3)
- Flip flop (Grade 1 – 3)
- PlayGolf (Grade 1 – 3)
- Ballet (All Ages)
- The Nutty Scientist (Grade 1 – 3)
- Arts and Crafts (grade 1 – 3)
As the children enter Grade 2, they are becoming more proficient in working independently and developing greater social skills. They are now able to verbalize more clearly and progress as confident readers, able to recognize words and construct meaningful sentences.
Their language, punctuation and comprehension skills are developing and story writing is becoming more evident. In the Grade 2 classroom, there is a lot of focus on number concept and number sense. The children become aware of different methods and strategies in calculations and problem solving is promoted.
Measurement, time and money are concepts that are reinforced throughout the year. It is imperative for the children to listen attentively and follow verbal and written instructions adequately, and this is achieved through assessment tasks which are completed during the term.
Life-skills is a subject done on a continuous basis as creative Artwork is completed and personal and social knowledge skills; discussed. The Grade two’s also complete projects and 3D constructions related to specific themes. With the integration of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support) into our Life-skills program, the children are encouraged to be safe, be responsible, be respectful, and be healthy.
These morals and values are incorporated weekly by discussing “A Moral of the Week” and in this way children take initiative and responsibility. Grade two is a wonderful phase where children at Bishop Bavin School can use opportunities to expand knowledge and skills vital for Grade 3. The teachers are nurturing and encourage children to reach their potential and value their capabilities; as they move forward with knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary for their progressive growth.
Simpson House’s Busy Little Bees spend a productive day buzzing through activities in Mathematics, English and Life Skills. All learning areas are integrated in order to provide a meaningful learning experience.
Music lessons and computer classes as well as the teaching of swimming, netball, ball skills and soccer form part of the curriculum and are performed by experienced and dedicated staff members.
In our daily activities we concentrate on the holistic development of the child – social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual. Academic excellence is one of our top priorities, but in order for learners to reach their full potential one requires gentle, caring, and nurturing teachers.
In the words of Carl Jung, “An understanding heart is everything in a teacher and cannot be esteemed highly enough.”