The Kindergarten section at the Ananthamurthy International school is designed to be in tune with the Cambridge International Early Years Programme that gives a structure for teaching and learning in three stages: LKG-1(for ages 3-4), LKG-2(for ages 4-5) and UKG/Stage-1 Primary (for ages 5-6). We attempt to cover the following areas:
Personal, social and emotional development: Children are helped to learn how to get along with others, to share, to take turns, and to work through conflict peacefully.
Developing fine-motor skills: Children are provided occasion for developing fine-motor skills that enable such functions as writing, grasping small objects, and fastening clothing. They also involve strength, fine motor control, and dexterity.
Letters and Sounds: Letters and Sounds is a systematic approach /programme brought out by the Department for Education and Skills, Government of UK, which teaches children to read using phonics in 6 Phases. By the end of UKG, children will have learned most of the common letter-sound correspondences and will be able to read familiar words automatically without needing to sound out and blend.
1. Phase 1 of the Letters and Sounds Programme (age 3-4, LKG-1): supports children’s developing speaking and listening skills and linking of sounds and letters. Activities cover environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body percussion, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds, oral blending and segmenting.
2. Phases 2, 3 and 4 (age 4-5, LKG-2): Phase 2 introduces simple letter-sound correspondences. As each set of letters is introduced, children are encouraged to use their new knowledge to sound out and blend words. In Phase 3, children build on the letter-sound correspondences learned in Phase 2. They learn consonant digraphs and long vowel sounds. Children will consolidate their knowledge during Phase 3 and learn to read and spell words which have adjacent consonants.
3. In Phase 5 (age 5-6 UKG/Stage1) Children will explore alternative pronunciations for known graphemes and go on to learn alternative spellings for known phonemes. By the end of UKG/Stage-1, children will have learned most of the common letter-sound correspondences and will be able to read familiar words automatically without needing to sound out and blend.
Learning Readiness Pre-Science and Pre-Maths : Children’s natural curiosity is systematically encouraged and their natural ability to learn carefully nourished, so that they are equipped to reflect, question, explore and interact to construct their understanding of the world. This area of the curriculum lays foundations for a range of different subjects in primary education including ‘pre-science’ and ‘pre-mathematics’ concepts and skills.
Physical development: The KG Curriculum encourages children to develop movement skills through play, promoting positive attitudes towards exercise and laying the foundations for healthy, active lives.
All children are introduced to Kalarippayattu and Karnatic Classical vocal music in UKG / Stage-1.