Pre-Primary (Pre-Nursery to Class II)
student-centered approach to make ‘learning’ a pleasant and inspiring experience
The ethos of the Pre-Primary Section of HHS is to provide our youngest students with lots of tenderness and a colourful, stimulating and happy setting, to make coming to school fun and exciting! We strive to create a home outside of the home where children develop a sense of belonging and begin their academic journey in a friendly and caring environment.
At HHS we believe that children learn by doing, and take a student-centered approach to make ‘learning’ a pleasant and inspiring experience for the child. The School’s unique Pre-Primary model of education, developed over decades, combines play, material use, and experiences, with a high standard of traditional literacy and numeracy skills to provide a solid academic foundation for our students.
Development of language skills is crucial in helping children understand and follow verbal directions, communicate in full sentences, and use words to express their needs. Some of the following steps help with this process:
HHS is an English-medium school and the language of instruction and communication in the School is strictly English. A child is learning all the time, about things, people, animals and whatever he/she sees, around him/her. Keeping this in mind, all our pre-primary campuses are vibrant and full of information all around, so the child can learn every step of the way.
We read aloud to children for similar reasons why we talk with them, which is to reassure, to entertain, to bond, to inform, to arouse curiosity and to inspire. But reading aloud goes further than conversation because it teaches the student to associate reading with pleasure, which ultimately builds vocabulary and improves communication skills.
Social Emotional Development
Gross Motor and Fine Motor Skills
There is a keen focus on development of motor skills right from an early age, which helps the children demonstrate basic large motor skills (running, jumping hopping, galloping) and exhibit hand-eye coordination.
We encourage children to ‘get out there’ and explore- the early years’ curriculum focuses more on experiences than on classroom learning.
Cognitive Development & Problem Solving Skills
Learning starts from observance of surroundings- we encourage the children to observe and examine objects to gather information and which helps in development of problem solving skills.
There are no examinations in classes Pre-Nursery to Class-I. From Pre-Nursery to Class Prep the children’s progress and performance are assessed by the work that they do in class while in Class I it is also based on class tests, which are held at regular intervals.
Along with the academic courses, co-curricular activities are also highly encouraged, to keep the childhood spirit alive:
Art Classes motivate children to express themselves. Students are encouraged to take part in International and National Art Competitions.
Singing Classes are regularly held and students are given a chance to sing in various activities and events, and improve their vocabulary and language skills by learning and acting out songs and poems.
HHS pays special attention to Physical Education to ensure physical health and fitness.