Curriculum Modules

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Sensory Mathematics
Develops the ability to analyse the external, visual qualities of objects using sensory standards such as colour, shape and size. It builds the foundation for the development of mental abilities
Sensory Mathematics helps children to recognise and apply fundamental sensory standards of colour, shape and size. It enables them to begin to analyse objects and their relationships using culturally defined sensory norms.
The natural world is almost overwhelmingly rich in its diversity of colours, shapes and forms. Our senses give us the ability to perceive this diversity, but it is culture that teaches us to understand our perceptions, for example, how to look and what to look at. Human cultures organise experience, systematising and classifying it in ways that allow us to make sense of the world and to operate confidently within it. Sensory abilities, shaped by our cultures, are the foundation upon which mental development builds.

cm2-story-grammarStory Grammar
Develops a love of story, ownership of story language and a profound understanding of story structure by following a specific set of procedures known as visual modelling
The Story Grammar programme follows a specific set of procedures (Visual-Spatial Modelling) for helping young children develop a love of story, ownership of story language and a profound understanding of story structure.

cm3-dev-gamesDevelopmental Games
Playing in small and large groups children develop productive imagination, symbolic literacy, language and communication skills, flexible thinking, creative problem solving, self-regulation and self-esteem
The Developmental Games programme helps children to develop the ability to imagine and to solve problems creatively, looking for their own novel solutions and learning to check that these solutions are plausible. They learn to look at a single simple feature and visualise an entire structure. They learn to consider how a given situation changes when we apply a set of rules to it. The programme emphasises language and communication skills, as well as helping children learn to concentrate, to recognise symbols, and to develop the social and emotional skills they require to work co-operatively in both small groups and in larger ones.

Cultivates the essential skills required both for writing and creative artistic expression. Develops ‘art vision’ and introduces different symbolic tools – composition, rhythm and colour
The Artographics programme helps young children to develop the skills they require both for writing and to express themselves creatively in art work. They have opportunities to develop the fine motor control and spatial awareness both tasks require. They learn that they can use marks on paper or manipulate plasticene, to create visual models of aspects of the world, using a variety of media to create expressive images. They learn how to represent subjects in movement as well as at rest, and how to use contrasting features of posture and facial expression to convey different emotions. They also learn to use colour to express emotion and create contrasting mood.

Develops mathematical language and goal directed behaviour. Children analyse the structure of objects , plan, articulate their plans and execute them using wooden modular building blocks
The Construction programme develops children’s ability to plan; to articulate what they have planned; to analyse the structure of objects (e.g. buildings, bridges, fences etc); and to analyse the relationships between their different parts. To do this they learn to use an important mental tool. This is a scheme (a drawn plan or a structure) which acts as a visual model of a structure that the children will build for themselves using a set of modular building blocks. Through the use of a range of schemes in a variety of tasks, children learn to look at objects from different perspectives and to think carefully about what they need to do to build a given structure before they start building.

cm6-creative-modellingCreative Modelling
Through shared activity children discover symmetry and pattern by manipulating geometric shapes to create artistic compositions of the world around them. Develops co-operative and social skills
Creative Modelling develops creativity and allows children to work together to realise different ideas and to create artistic compositions by exploring materials, colours and textures. Through Creative Modelling we are able to help children learn how to create representations of aspects of the real world; and in this process we help them to develop mental models of, and emotional responses to, the realities they learn to represent.

cm7-expressive-movementExpressive Movement
Develops emotional intelligence, non-verbal communication skills, creativity and productive imagination through body movement, gestures, facial expressions and music
This programme offers young children the opportunity to develop emotional intelligence, and non-verbal communication skills with the help of movement, gestures and expression. It fosters creativity, asking children to use their bodies to produce their own imaginative representations of emotional states, animals, people, and scenarios.

Professional says about this curriculum:

“I am sure that this initiative has implications for the nation as a whole. I have seen preschools all over the world. There are some excellent examples, particularly in New Zealand, USA and Northern Italy, but this one is outstanding. I do not believe I have seen a better one the world over.”

Sir Christopher Ball, Chancellor of the University of Derby, Co-author of Start Right Report ‘The Importance of Early Learning’

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