From Monday 24, April 2017, The Kip McGrath Dumfries Centre is running special weekly classes for children aged 4/5 who are starting Primary 1 in August 2017. Classes are run by qualified teachers and early year specialists to help children be fully prepared to meet the new and exciting learning experience that Primary 1 offers and be fully confident on their first day at school.
Commencing Monday, 24th April, we are offering weekly lessons over a period of ten weeks specifically for pre-school children. Available time slots are below. To book your slot or find out more, please call Alison Pinkerton on 01387 640740 or fill in our contact form at the bottom of this page.
Children will learn that everyone has a name and that this name can be written. They will learn to recognise, trace and write their name, as well as label with and use their own names.
Basic greetings are an essential part of communication and children will practice saying good morning/afternoon, saying goodbye, using people's names and answering specific questions.
LISTENING TO INSTRUCTIONS
During the programme children will be required to follow directions individually and as part of a group. These directions will come from the teacher, as well as from a computer. They will also practise using good manners.
SHARING AND TEAMWORK
Children learn about sharing by sharing items, space and the attention to their teacher. They will also focus on teamwork, with many activities requiring them to work together to achieve a goal.
USING A COMPUTER
Children are taught to independently use a computer. They operate the mouse and use the Enter key.
HAND AND EYE CO-ORDINATION
Hand and eye co-ordination is practised during the programme. Children are required to draw straight and wavy lines, trace curved lines and reproduce shapes.
During each week of the programme, children will learn a new song. Some will really appeal and be easily remembered whilst others will be more challenging.
NUMBERS AND COUNTING
Children will learn to read, write and count the numbers one to ten.
dAll of the primary colours will be learnt an reviewed.
GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
Gross motor skills are important for many school activities. Children will learn to march, hop, balance, clap in patterns and throw objects at subjects.
How to cut within spaces both straight and curved, cutting out pictures an cutting and pasting shapes will be covered in the programme