GRADE R

Greyville Primary pre-school is in existence since 1978. The then principal Mr. E Patel was proud that his school was one of the first to establish a pre-school serving the Lenasia area. The first two Pre-school classes were held in the afternoon. Later on morning sessions were held. For the past thirty years our Pre-school has been instrumental in providing the necessary early childhood development to the children in the immediate vicinity of Greyville. Currently learners from as far as Soweto and Vlakfontein are admitted at our pre-school. We are proud to say that our school is fully integrated.

Presently the Grade R [Pre-school] follows the National Curriculum Statement. [NCS].
Included in the curriculum is the school readiness programme. At our school the learner is equipped with the necessary readiness skills so that he/she can start his/her academic career with a strong foundation. Our Grade R is the feeder class for Grade 1’s at Greyville Primary School.

Our educators are all trained in the NCS programme. They have many years of pre-school teaching experience. The current educators include Mrs. V. Govindasamy, Mrs. M. Dookoo and Mrs. A. Dullabh. Mrs. V. Govindasamy has been an educator for the past 23 years at this school. We strive for the holistic development of the learner by engaging in the social, physical and academic process of education. The educators are committed to the Pre-school’s motto – TO PROVIDE QUALITY LEARNING EXPERIENCES.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP

No pre-school programme would be completely effective without some input from parents.
Here’s how you can help prepare your child for Grade 1:

Take an interest in your child’s school activities and, where possible, complement these with Field Trips. For example, if the school has “Birds” as a theme, take out your binoculars and bird-watch in your garden or park.

Help your pre-schooler become more independent – encourage him to dress himself and do chores (tidy the room or feed the family pet). Praise him when he does things by himself and for good behavior.

Keep an eye on notices issued by the school and notify your child’s teacher of problems at home so that she knows if your child needs extra attention.

Encourage your child to listen\n attentively, use his name and make eye contact when giving instructions. Teach your child his name, address, telephone number and safety rules.

Always ensure your child has a calm start to the day, with a nutritious breakfast!

Language Development

Join the library and help stimulate your child’s language development by reading to him, re-telling well-known stories and making up stories. Encourage your child to add his own endings to the stories. Develop his sense of humour and stimulate imaginative, creative thinking and problem solving by asking open-ended questions like “ What do you think would happen if…”

Be selective about TV programmes and computer games, and limit the time your child spends on either activity. Stimulate his imagination by encouraging dressing-up and fantasy play, and every so often put on a “concert” together.

Pre-Reading Skills

Help develop Fine Motor Skills by encouraging your child to cut, draw, paste, paint and colour in; roll and mould palydough; thread items onto a string play with pegboards and construction toys; make button or seed colleagues. Help him become aware of lines, angles and shapes by tracing over letters with his finger, in the sand or in the air; play join the dots and tracing between maze lines.

Number Literacy

Pre-schoolers enjoy learning about numbers by singing number rhymes and songs, for example, “One, Two, buckle my shoe”. Help your child learn the names of the days, weeks, months and birthdays (make a calendar together), and the concept of yesterday, today, tomorrow, next week and tonight.