The Early Years covers the period of time the children spend in Nursery and Reception. Trident Preparatory School Kalumbila follow the guidelines of the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Early Years class is an integral part of the school and the children join in with all the school activities and events including assemblies and specialist PE lessons which include swimming in the summer months.
In the Early Years class Trident Preparatory School Kalumbila have created an environment which supports, encourages and stimulates the children to become independent learners. The Early Years Foundation Stage is based on four main principles:
Children learn the letter sounds and blend them together to read simple words and sentences. They will show an understanding of what they have read. They will learn to write simple words and sentences using their knowledge of letter sounds.
Children will learn to count reliably with numbers from 1-20, place them in order and find 1 more and 1 less. They will learn to add and take away with numbers up to 10 and solve simple problems. Children will use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money. They will recognise, describe and create patterns and will learn to name and describe shapes.
Understanding the world
Children are taught to find out about similarities and differences in relation to objects, materials and living things, through topics including 'Animals' and 'All about Me'. They will make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur. Children will talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how they might vary from one another.
Expressive arts and design
Children will use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children will sing songs, make music and explore a variety of musical instruments. All of the areas of learning and development are interconnected to the characteristics of effective learning, which are 'playing and exploring', 'active learning' and 'creating and critical thinking'.
Your child will be assessed regularly using a combination of informal and formal observations and the EYFS criteria to measure their progress. These assessments will be ongoing or continuous throughout this phase of their education and will be recorded by class teachers.
About Trident Preparatory School
Trident Preparatory School pride themselves on being a friendly and open school that offers high quality education for all children. The school has an exciting and challenging atmosphere where purposeful learning takes place. This school offers a great adventure, an exciting opportunity and a unique environment in which to begin a child's learning journey that will develop their full potential.
Trident Preparatory Kalumbila is a small school, and for this reason the classes consist of combined year groups, Year 1 and 2, Year 3 and 4, and Year 5, 6 and 7. Classes are small and children receive individual attention. The class teachers have established flexible learning environments with opportunities for class work, group work and individual work. The classrooms are large, spacious and airy and have double doors that lead onto an outdoor veranda designed to take learning outside.
Trident Preparatory School Kalumbila offers the Cambridge curriculum for core subjects including literacy, numeracy and science. The school recently adopted the International Primary Curriculum. They also ensure that the History and Geography lessons relate to Zambia.
International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
Learning with the International Primary Curriculum means that children focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning that is exciting and challenging. The aim of the IPC is to help every child enjoy the learning of a wide range of subjects and to develop an enquiring mind and the personal attributes that will help throughout teenage and adult years.
Young people are encouraged to develop a sense of their own nationality and culture and at the same time develop a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Through the IPC approach to learning, children develop the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to confidently face the world of tomorrow.
Trident Preparatory School Kalumbila co-curricular program includes tennis, hockey, cricket, rugby, athletics, cross-country, music, chess, art and craft, computing and shooting.