Jump Start (Pre primary)

In pre-primary we have taken special care to create a warm, welcoming and cheerful environment for the children.

The Jump Start system has been created by our in-house curriculum development team and is the basis of pre-primary education in all our schools.
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Circle time - pre-primary class in progress

The Jump Start curriculum is a perfect blend of the traditional and the Montessori method of teaching. In this curriculum, the practical approach of Montessori is used for teaching the concepts of mathematics and EVS. The Jolly Phonics programme is designed to teach children to read and write. Children learn the 42 letter sounds of the English language, rather than the alphabet. They are then taken through the stages of blending words to develop reading and writing skills. The Montessori method of teaching aims at the development of the whole child, ultimately preparing him for life's many rich experiences.

Here in the Jump Start curriculum the method is adopted to suit the traditional set up without compromising the principles of the method.

Jump Start introduces pre-primary students to different subjects and ideas in comfortable, age-appropriate steps-so that learning is interesting, not intimidating.

Advantage

The child's first experience at formal education starts at the nursery level. It is an anxious time for both children and parents. The goal of the nursery is to keep children safe and secure and have a happy time at school. The welcoming environment at The Brigade School with caring and friendly teachers ensures that the children are excited and happy to come to school each morning.

The nursery year is spent in learning social skills and how to get along with other children of their age. They also learn the initial skills of logical thinking using Montessori methods and equipment. They learn to work within a time frame and focus quietly, again using the guidelines of the Montessori methods. They learn the English language by listening and speaking. They begin to hear and understand the sounds and shapes of the alphabet.

Next year in LKG, the child learns the letter sounds and starts reading independently and not by rote. Abstract concepts of mathematics are introduced through concrete Montessori material. They also learn a lot about the world around them and the community they live in.

By the end of UKG, children are able to read English fluently and apply the four basic operations of mathematics—addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, to solve simple problems. Through the Montessori method children are introduced to Biology, Geography and History which evokes an interest in nature and items of human culture. They have got a great Jump Start and are more than ready to join the main school!

Comparison with traditional system

Traditional System
Jump Start System
Focus on imparting information
Focus on developing the child's personality
Teacher-centred learning environment
Child-centered learning environment
A rigid, strictly defined curriculum
Flexible curriculum
Somewhat non-scientific learning methodology
Learning methodologies based on scientific research and observation
Pace set by teacher
Pace set by individual learners
Teacher decides what the child has to learn
Child has some flexibility in choosing preferred activities
Use of reward and punishment in motivation
Self-education through self-correcting materials
All children are treated alike
Recognition of sensitive periods in each child
Play materials for non-specific skills
Multi-sensory materials to develop specific skills
Rigid rules on sitting in specific place
Freedom to move
Silence is, on many occasions, enforced
Liberty to speak (without disturbing others) as one pleases