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PLOT 26, Marvel Parambariyam, Kalapatti Main Road( Opposite to SMS Mahal),
Saravanampatti, Coimbatore - 641035, Tamil Nadu

Curriculum

If we teach our children as we did yesterday, we rob them of the future.” –  John Dewey

The Curriculum to be followed is the National Curriculum followed in England and evaluated by Key Stages.
Dinokids will host only the two stages

KEY STAGE DESCRIPTION AGE GROUP
Early Learning Stage Foundation Ages 2-5
Key Stage 1 Years 1 and 2 Ages 5-7

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a framework for children , setting out six key areas of learning around which activities should be based. Children from birth to five years of age are in the Early Years Foundation Stage. This is recognized as a separate stage of learning, laying the foundations for when children begin more formal education. There is an emphasis on learning through active play, with children encouraged to build on their individual needs and interests. The details of the development area can be found in the sections below.

Area of Learning Development Aspect

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EYFS (Reception Year)

“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to their full potential. The children’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and it provides the foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.” (From the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage)
At Dino Kids we provide an environment of love and care in which we explore and celebrate the qualities that define and unify us all, and a curriculum which develops the intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects for every child. This creates a confident and happy community where all are valued and encouraged to develop their own talents. Children are introduced to the practice of beginning and ending activities in stillness, a connection with something peaceful and unchanging in today’s busy world.

We embrace the EYFS Early Learning Goals and these consist of

Personal social and emotional development

Here at Dino kids we help children to learn how to share and take turns, to develop friendships and learn about feelings and their own and others’ needs. We encourage them to develop their confidence and independence as well as becoming motivated to find out and enjoy learning

Communication, language and literacy

We help children to develop confidence and competence in speaking and listening.  We encourage them to talk freely and exchange ideas through their activities and experiences. We also encourage a love of books, stories and rhymes. We help them to recognise the sound and shapes of letters using games, matching, pictures, books, songs and rhymes. Fine motor control is developed to support pen control and letter writing.

Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy

We provide the foundations for numeracy, encouraging the children to use numbers throughout their play. We offer them opportunities to understand the need and use of numbers in their environment. They learn to count, recognise and write numerals using a variety of games, activities, songs, rhymes and equipment. We develop their understanding of shape and size and the use of the appropriate vocabulary. We help them to develop confidence to estimate through  games.

Knowledge and understanding of the world

We encourage the children to develop confidence to investigate how and why things happen. We use a range of activities to help them learn and find out about time and place and to be able to talk about what they observe and experience . We provide a range of tools and materials for them to learn how to construct and join materials together. We give them opportunities to use a range of equipment to develop their use and understanding of ICT.

Physical development

We focus on encouraging the children to develop their physical control, mobility and awareness of space and also their manipulative skills in both the indoor and the outdoor environments. Here at Dino Kids we have more than one open space which are well equipped with a range of equipment to encourage the children to have fun as they explore and extend their physical abilities. The 2nd Term ends with a Sports Day enjoyed by the children and their families.

Creative Development

Free play is an important part of the day where the children can allow their imaginations to lead their play and develop a storyline. This is supported by a wide range of toys and equipment. They also have access to a variety of materials and resources for painting, drawing, cutting and sticking, collage and model making to encourage their creativity and free expression. Music, drama and dance teachers come on a regular basis helping the children to develop rhythm, spatial awareness and story telling.

WEEKLY CURRICULUM*: EARLY YEARS – Pre-Kg and LKG

The children have a timetable determined by the class teacher, following the needs of the children and the  overall guidance of the Head.

Lunchtimes are between 11.30 and 12.15; the rest of the timetable can be very flexible. Time will regularly be spent both inside and outside the classroom.

Their activities will fall within the Early Learning Goals as defined earlier

Early Learning Goal Activity

Communication, Language & Literacy -English Personal, Social & Emotional Development Assemblies Problem Solving, Reasoning, & Numeracy Maths Counting Knowledge & Understanding of the world Science Physical Development P.E. Creative Development Art
Handwriting Philosophy Reading Days at a Farm Dance, Music & Movement Music
Reading Writing History Needlework
Speech Adding/Subtracting Geography
Tamil/Hindi Shape, space, measure Cookery
Library
Show and Tell

WEEKLY CURRICULUM*: UKG 

  • Subject to the timetable for visiting teachers, class teachers have discretion to arrange lessons as best suit the class subject to the following principles:
  • Core subjects taught every day
  • Some physical exercise every day
  • Regular singing
  • Regular craft activities in addition to timetabled Art lessons
  • This chart gives a guide to the typical numbers of lessons for each subject:

SUBJECTS UKG

Core English 7 classes Maths 7 classes Guided Reading 3 classes
Language Sanskrit/ Tamil/ Hindi 3 classes
Sciences Science 2 classes Geometry 1 class Geography 1 class
Humanities Philosophy 1 class History 2 classes
Arts Arts 2 classes Music 1 class Singing 1-2 classes Drama 1 class
Sport Gym 2-3 classes Dance/ Music & Movement 2 classes

In addition to these classes , we also will have:

  • Cookery
  • Needlework
  • Farm Schools

*There are seven periods a day, but not all periods are of the same length. The figures give a typical number of  35 minute periods per week per subject.

Our Methodology

We believe that Thematic approach, where we organize teaching around themes or topics, integrate instruction across core areas. Here classroom subjects overlap with one another, thereby bringing together numerous aspects of the curriculum that reflects the real world. Hence the kids learn to use what they learnt in one context to solve and complete task in another context i.e. they learn how to use the skills that they have acquired. The kids develop both an awareness and understanding of existing connections across ideas.

Thematic teaching create an atmosphere in which every kids remains interested in the lesson thus combating any boredom and increasing the pupils’ potential for learning.

We also include the use of the sensorial area of the Montessori principle to develop the five senses of the kids. Montessori recognizes that each child learns at a different pace and allows that growth to take place. Being a child-centered environment, all the materials are easily within the child’s reach and placed on shelves at the children’s eye level. This environment provides a natural sense of discipline. This method also teaches children an “I can do it” attitude that will ensure their future success in all aspects of their life.

We in Dino Kids make sure that the children remain with the same teacher for each three-year cycle of the program. This ensures a collaborative approach to learning to take root.

Having the goodness of both these methods will ensure that the kids know how to learn things that they do not know, not for grades but because they can see the value in it and apply what they have learnt to other areas. Basically they would develop a love of learning and enjoy work, which will stay with them throughout their life.

 

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