Learning at Lomagundi

We offer Early Childhood Development to 3 – 4-year olds and to 4 to 5-year-olds.

Grade 1 is for children aged 5 - 6 years and Grade 2 is for children aged 6 - 7 years.

Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced, with a mix of both young and mature, offering a good balance for pupils. Our classrooms are spacious and equipped with a variety of games, visual media and educational toys.

Open five days a week, this class enables children to interact socially, to explore their surroundings and learn the routines of the school. Gross motor activities help to build core muscles and enable children to become familiar with their body image. Fine motor skills are introduced through experience with paint, cutting out, printing, building, and sorting. They will then develop a larger vocabulary through stories and discussions.

Here we continue gross motor co-ordination improving posture and core muscles so that writing becomes easier when it is introduced later in the year. They learn to cross the mid-line and move from left to right. Listening skills are developed through stories, discussions and following directions. Children learn to work in groups and co-operate with one another. Letterland and Numberland stories are introduced in the Second Term. Fine motor skills are further developed as they discover new media like paints, wax, charcoal, sand, water, twisters and later pencil. Cutting, folding, threading and gluing are all part of the ECD experiences. Children are encouraged to experiment and to use their imaginations through free or directed play as well art and crafts. Pre-reading, pre-number and pre-writing activities help to prepare the children for the more formal learning required in Grade 1. This is the foundation year for all future education.

In Grade 1 we begin the formal introduction to reading and writing. We follow the Government syllabus for core and content subjects. Our Math and English scheme is based on the well-recognised Letterland and Numberland scheme, which is briefly introduced in Grade 0. These lay solid foundations for the concepts taught right up to Grade 7.

We do not write any formal exams or tests in Grade 1 and Grade 2, as the children are still very young. We rather assess class work, and write reports each term on pupil's individual progress.

All Infants participate in the first term athletics Sports Day, Second Term “Grandparent’s Day” and Third Term Swimming Gala. All Infant classes are involved in plays at the end of the year and Grade 0 has a Graduation ceremony to mark their entry into “Big School”.

During the course of the year, several class trips are organized to further enhance the children’s education. All children from Grade 0 – 7 have lessons in Music, Shona, Computers, Swimming and Physical Education as part of the core curriculum.

We follow the Zimbabwe syllabus for all core subjects and these subjects are taught by the class teacher who is trained to cater for the needs of the age group. Any extra subjects like Music, Shona, Computers and Physical Education, are taught by specialist teachers.

Class examinations are completed twice a year in June and November. The exams allow the teachers to accurately assess how the children are managing with all their academic subjects. Specialist tests such as the Schonell and Vernon Schemes are used to test the children’s spelling, reading, comprehension and mathematics ages to ensure they are at their right level.

Any child that struggles in the core subjects is referred to the Progress Centre, where our remedial teacher is able to provide them with one on one attention. We have an educational psychologist who visits once a year and carries out tests for children that teachers may have concerns about.

In Grade 4 the children are invited to go on an overnight camping trip to Kuimba Shiri.

Our qualified teachers work towards covering all content set out in the Zimbabwe syllabus. The content taught is based on the Zimbabwe Government syllabus with topical issues and projects that the teachers add. The classes are kept small in both Grade 6 and 7 to allow for individual attention.

At this stage, teaching is directed towards preparing the children towards the examinations they will take in Grade 7:

  • Chisz Examination
  • Zimsec Examination

The children also do regular class exams in June and November which are set by their teachers to assess their progress.

In Grade 6 the children are invited to go on a camp to Bulawayo and the Matopos for a week where the focus is on teamwork as well as education.

In Grade 7 the children go on two camping trips in the year, the first one is to Tree of Life Adventures in July, where the focus is on team-building, leadership and co-operation and the second one is to Rifa in November. The focus here is for environmental education, conservation, and preservation of our natural resources.

Our Progress Centre is a place where children who require academic support can be assisted. Our remedial teacher has many years of experience and expertise in the area of academic support and remedial tuition. The children

Our remedial teacher is highly qualified and has many years of experience and expertise with academic support and remedial tuition. Children who attend our Progress Centre are given individual attention and any extra help to ensure they succeed in mainstream education.

In addition to this, we offer an internationally recognized programme called NILD, for children with learning gaps, but who have a high IQ. NILD is offered to children aged 8 – 12 years.

In addition, we offer a programme for younger children, ages 5 - 7years, called Search and Teach.

More information about these programmes can be found by visiting the NILD website here www.nild.co.zw

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