Tate Junior School
Play is the highest form of research
- Albert Einstein -
Tate Pre-School is split into three different age groups:
Toddlers (ages 2-3)
Pre-Reception (ages 4-5)
Reception (ages 5-6)
The younger classes are primarily focussed on play based learning. A major cornerstone of this is the integration of the Reggio Emilia approach, whereby students are encouraged to:
have a say in their own learning trajectory
learn through sensory experiences of listening, touching, moving and observing
learn through relationships with other peers, as well as the adults in their lives
learn through playing with natural objects like wood blocks, corks, twigs and other natural items, inspiring creative thinking and planning
express themselves freely
In the Reception year, there is also gentle introduction to the more formal side of learning through activities and tasks to prepare them for the transition to Grade 1
In Grade 1 the main focus is on laying the foundations to learning through:
learning to read
understanding what is read
learning to write, in order to create stories and express learning
Beyond the obvious reading, writing and mathematics, Tate International School’s students are exposed to an array of subjects which encourages their imagination and love for the greater world around them. This includes Human Anatomy, Botany, Zoology, Geography, History and Literature.
Once again, focus is put on promoting the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of all kids through play-based learning.
Grade 2 & 3
Grade 2 & 3 focus on reinforcing and practising the foundations and subjects introduced in Grade 1.
It is all about learning to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in Grade 1. Touch typing is added to their skillset of "written" communication mediums.
The students are given the opportunity to start working in groups, learning about group dynamics and then problem-solving together. Critical thinking becomes a large part of the learning experience and students are encouraged to question the status quo.