Little Elephants Pre-Primary School

Private Property South Africa
Claire Fraser

Located on the beautiful Garden Route, Little Elephants Pre-Primary School in Knysna provides foundation level education in an exquisite setting. With two jungle gym areas, playgrounds with large, old oak trees, a fully-secured big grass sports field and newly-renovated buildings, Little Elephants provides premium facilities for the pre-schooling of your children in a happy and safe environment. Under the guidance and tutelage of experienced and qualified teachers, the curriculum is fun and stimulating, aimed at preparing all learners for primary school and giving them a thorough grounding for all of their future pursuits. With puzzles, books and games, children learn numbers, letters, sounds, colours and shapes. Fantasy and creative areas within the classroom develop life skills as well as gross fine-motor skills, eye-hand co-ordination, problem solving and social skills. Class time in the traditional sense is balanced with adequate time to play – as many important lessons are learned on the playground, and learners are encouraged to attend the various fun and informative excursions that happen frequently as part of the curriculum. Character-building is considered an important aspect of the education at the school, and puppets and persona dolls are used as a tool to address important issues. Little Elephants also has a relatively new media centre, erected in 2008. This gives children the added benefit of learning computer literacy, tape-assisted literacy, a library and audio visual equipment to enhance their learning experience. The school also boasts a prolific music department, where the learners are given a sense of music appreciation, which is considered important in the development of children at a young age. There is a focus within the department on percussion instruments, and the school’s orchestra is often asked to perform at functions. The learners at Little Elephants are also given a sense of social responsibility through the school’s outreach initiatives. Currently, the focus lies with Vermont Old Age Home, where toiletries have been collected and distributed to the elderly. As part of the programme, Vermont can look forward to new-look interior design with the children’s colourful drawings as wall hangings. Later in the year, the elderly at Loeriehof Old Age Home enjoy a concert put on by the children with tea and cake, which is enjoyed by all. The school has also embarked on a few environmental projects, such as recycling and the development of a child-friendly garden on the periphery of the bottom field. The school recognises the importance of sport and, as such, offers a list of sports available to the children to develop ball skills, such as netball, rugby and cricket, as well as ballet, hip hop, pottery and Clamber Club – the motor sensory programme. Little Elephants also plays host to six other schools from the area for the Knysna Pre-Primary School Athletic Meeting. It also has an annual Spring Fun Run on the calendar. At the end of the academic year, the school also has a school concert for the children to showcase their talents, as well as having special family days for moms, dads and grandparents during the course of the year.

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