Jump Start (Pre primary)

In pre-primary we have taken special care to create a warm, welcoming and cheerful atmosphere, in which children feel secure and happy.

Classrooms are bright and spacious, opening into enclosed garden spaces that allow children to explore the world of grass and sand and flowers
Pre-primary children enacting Ginger Bread Man
Pre-primary children enacting Ginger Bread Man

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, EVS, and Jolly phonics. 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.

A special children's playground provides ample space for supervised play. The three-acre private park adjoining the school, part of the residential campus in which the school is located, is perfect for nature walks.

Teachers become one of the most important people in the young students life. Our teachers live up to a trusting child's expectations—caring, friendly and fair yet firm and discipline-conscious when needed. A carefully selected range of toys, learning aids, craft materials and books complete the picture.

With the confidence that our pre-primary children gain in this nurturing environment, their transition to primary school becomes a smooth and happy progression.

JUMP START ADVANTAGE IN PRE-PRIMARY

The child's first experience at formal education starts with the nursery level. It is an anxious time for both children and parents. 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.

The next year in LKG, while 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!

A LOVE FOR LEARNING

Ideally, learning at the pre-primary stage should be an experiential, enjoyable experience, one that leaves a child with a lifelong love of learning.

Leading educational specialists and child psychologists believe that the best learning takes place through playing, listening and asking questions. Not to mention observation, reflection and exploration.

At The Brigade School, experiential learning is encouraged and facilitated through child-friendly teachers; individual attention to children; group discussions and interactions and carefully selected books and learning aids. Our method of learning is to first listen, then speak, then read and finally write. Children are encouraged to learn about themselves and the people and things around them, including abstract concepts. The emphasis is on anxiety-free learning rather than reading and writing by rote. Outdoor activities like singing, painting and storytelling are much loved aspects of everyday school life.

Children learn other important lessons too: to share, abide by simple rules, get on well with other children and accept the authority of adults.

OUR GOALS

Happy learning, self-confidence, concern for others and a safe environment.

The Jump Start advantage seeks to make children independent in looking after themselves, in reading confidently and thinking logically. Self-reliance is the greatest gift that can be given to Children

Their social skills are enhanced during meal times and play. Special events like Grandparents’ Day and Pet Day inculcate filial values and compassion in them. Exposure to public speaking at a very young age enhances their confidence. Day trips and overnight stay at school help in bonding with friends and teachers

Under the watchful eye of caring teachers the pre-primary section is a safe environment

FACILITIES UNDER JUMP START

Spacious and safe classrooms that open into enclosed garden spaces with sand pits and greenery.
Children's playground with swings, see-saws and slides.
A private, three-acre landscaped park that is adjacent to the school (part of the residential campus in which the school is located).
A range of toys, craft materials and learning aids.
Age-appropriate books and audio-visual material, selected by experts, to stimulate the imagination and encourage pleasurable learning.

Structure and Staffing

Sections
Pre-primary
Nursery, LKG and UKG.
Primary
Standards 1 to 8
Secondary
Standards 9 and 10
Senior Secondary
Standards 11 and 12
Academic Terms
First term
May - September
Second term
October - April
Timings
Nursery
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
LKG & UKG
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Standard 1 - 12
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Note:
  • Our school works a 5-day week.
  • Special practices and rehearsals may be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays too, if required.