Pre-primary, being a child’s first experience in the formal educational system, can be an anxious time for both children and parents. Which is why we have taken special care to create a warm, welcoming and cheerful atmosphere, in which children feel secure and happy. An environment that makes them want to come to school each morning.
Classrooms are bright and spacious, opening into enclosed garden spaces that allow children to explore the world of grass and sand and flowers. A special children’s playground provides ample space for supervised play. The three-acre private park abutting the school, part of the residential campus in which the school is located, is perfect for nature walks.
Teachers become one of the most important persons in a pre-primaryers life. Our teachers live up to a trusting child’s expectations —caring, friendly and fair; yet firm and discipline-conscious when needed.
A carefully selected range of toys, learning aids, craft materials and books complete the picture.
And with the confidence that our Pre-primary children gain in this nurturing environment, their transition to primary school becomes a smooth and happy progression.
A Love of Learning
Ideally, learning at the pre-primary stage should be an experiential, enjoyable experience…one that leaves a child with a lifelong love of learning.
Leading educational specialists and child psychologists believe that the best learning takes place through playing, listening and asking questions. Not to mention observation, reflection and exploration.
At The Brigade School, experiential learning is encouraged and facilitated through enlightened, child-friendly teachers; individual attention to children; group discussions and interactions and carefully selected books and learning aids. Our method of learning is to first listen, then speak, then read and finally write. Children are encouraged to learn about themselves and the people and things around them, including abstract concepts. The emphasis is on anxiety-free learning rather than reading and writing by rote. Nature, singing and painting are a much-loved part of everyday school life.
Children learn other important lessons too: to share, abide by simple rules, get on well with other children and accept the authority of kindly adults.
There are many things we want our young charges to gain in their years at our Pre-primary, amongst which the most important are:
A healthy self-confidence and a positive self-image.
Respect and concern for other children and adults.
A sense of wonder and curiosity about the world around them.
Structure and Staffing
• Lower Kindergarten (LKG)
• Upper Kindergarten (UKG)
The Nursery and LKG have three sections of 36 children and 2 trained teachers each, along with support staff. The ratio between boys and girls is approximately even.