Early Years in St. Austin’s Junior Academy is the perfect foundation for young developing children aged between two to the end of Reception Year in Primary School.
- The Playgroup class for 2- 3 year olds help develop early tasks e.g. potty training, eating manners and colouring, enables children to enjoy school.
- The Kindergarten 1 (K1) for 3-4 year olds, build children’s learning skills and prepares them to be able to understand educational concepts.
- The Reception class for 4-5 year olds enables them to read and write in preparation for Year 1.
Play is at the centre of the Early Years curriculum. It is the child’s work. Children develop social, emotional physical and creative aspects of their characters through this natural activity. Young children are active leaners. They need time to explore a variety of first hand experiences in a well planned environment.
Children encounter learning opportunities in the outdoor area everyday, and additional activities, such as Drama & Music, P.E and Swimming, Cookery and Gardening.
Afternoon Club (Playgroup – Reception)
The afternoon club offers play based activities each with a focus on developing the skills acquired during the morning classes.
Typical activities include Art, Music and Drama, Story telling, Physical Education and Swimming.
Socialization interpersonal skills receive a special emphasis.
THE PRIMARY CURRICULUM
The Primary Years are split in two stages
- Key Stage 1 5 -7 Years
- Key Stage 2 8 -11 Years
At the end of each Key stage 1, the children have Standard Assessment test (SATs) in June every year. Key areas of Assessment at this stage are Literacy and Numeracy.
The Key Stage 2 on the other hand sit for the Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Exams in April every year, in Science, Literacy and Numeracy
Meanwhile, Cambridge Primary Progression Tests take place in June every year from Year3 through to Year 5. Both The Checkpoint and Progression Tests are from the U.K.
There is a lot of emphasis placed on encouraging children to understand the relevance of Mathematics in everyday life. Through enquiry and investigating, we strive to promote positive attitude towards Mathematics through fun activities. We support this by developing mental ability with numbers and learning to apply tables.
Literacy combines important skills of reading and writing. It also involves speaking and listening skills. Good oral work enhances pupils understanding in both oral and written forms of language which can be used to communicate with ease.
In Science we aim to develop a child’s natural curiosity about the world, by enabling children to find out about themselves and begin to understand the way things work in the world around them. We encourage the development of scientific skills, knowledge and understanding of the use of these in the wider aspects of learning.
History & Geography
Our two main aims in teaching History are to develop a sense of identity through learning about our roots, the development of Kenya, Britain, Europe and the world and also to develop a range of skills necessary to carry out historical enquiry and interpret available evidence. Geography helps our children gain an insight into the nature of the world in which we live. We investigate, describe and explain the pattern of human activity in the world today and interpret the interaction between people and their culture.
Information Communication Technology
Our pupils work independently with computers from the beginning of their time with the Early Years Unit. As the children progress through the school, they learn to handle computers, discs and CD-ROM’s independently. This enables them to retrieve and interpret information, uses databases, solve problems, make decisions, word process and develop drawing and graphic skills.
As one of Kenya’s national languages, Kiswahili is a gateway to the cultures of Kenya and Eastern Africa. The course, taught in Year 1 and initially orally only, places emphasis on confidence and intelligible communication; as there are achieved reading, writing and the cultural components of the languages are introduced.
French is a useful language for Communication. French is taught from Year 1 and onwards. The emphasis is on speaking and listening but as they progress, they start reading and writing French. We particularly want to encourage the children to become confident in speaking French.
Children are taught the creative, imaginative and practical skills needed to express ideas, feelings, record observations, design and make images and artifacts using a variety of media. Art education involves 2 or 3 dimensional work as well as exploring art through Information Technology. We also look at the work of artists and designers from different cultures and traditions.
Music & Drama
Performing, composing, listening and musical and dramatic appreciation are the four major components of this programme. Students are given many opportunities to perform and the programme is enhanced by concerts and plays. We have a state of art Music Studio with an excellent range of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, which the children use to accompany singing as well as for their own compositions.
Dance as a subject helps develop children’s fine and gross motor skills, sense of rhythm and spatial awareness at Early Years Foundation Stage, and personal, social and emotional development in later years.
Dancing develops bodily control, coordination, flexibility and balance. Dancing also enables children to be aware of the changes within their bodies when active. Dancing as a whole enhances self-esteem and self- discipline. Dancing styles also help children appreciate and become aware of other cultures and beliefs
Physical Education and Swimming
Pupils are taught specific athletic and sporting skills while also learning how to move, take care of themselves, and keep fit and stay healthy. Regular P.E. and Swimming lessons also help to foster team spirit and a sense of fair play.
St. Austin’s Junior Academy promotes family involvement through a variety of programme.
Parent Teacher Consultations, (PTC) which takes place every end of term to discuss child’s progress throughout the term.
Friday Class Assemblies from individual classes involve parents of the performing class.
We have several events
- Sports Day
- Swimming Gala
- Cultural Day
- Graduation Day
- Prize Giving Day
- End of year Musicals
Sports Day and Swimming Gala – Our annual sports day fetes are good spirit of competition and team building develops between staff, parents and pupils. On this day, the four houses, Simba (Red), Chui (Blue), Impala (Yellow) and Twiga (Green) are all actively involved.
Cultural Day – This is a biannual event. The school being of diverse nature, a day is set aside to honour all the nationalities represented in the school. This important day sees parents, teachers and pupils come together and put up some amazing presentations.
Graduation/Prize Day – Every year children transit from our Reception Class to Primary and from Primary to High School. This happens through a very colourful Graduation Ceremony on the Prize Giving Day.