Somerset College offers extra mural activities such as Ball Skills, Kinetics and Swimming as well as an extensive arts and crafts programme in order to promote all aspects of physical development. Outdoor play and the use of large apparatus, wheeled toys, water and sand play is part of the daily programme.
This learning area is divided into two components: fine motor and gross motor development. Gross motor development refers to the activities that stimulate and strengthen the development of large muscles to facilitate balance, coordination, locomotion and builds core strengths. Fine motor development focuses on the small muscles required for manipulating small objects and tool. However, attention is also given to aspects of physical development that affect gross and fine motor development, such as laterality, dominance, core strength, crossing the midline and coordination.
How well you are able to respond to situations, control your emotions and behave in an age-appropriate manner when dealing with others indicates your level of social and emotional development. Many activities and lessons in the daily school routine include elements to help the growth of the child’s sense of identity and self-worth, an understanding of social interaction and of relationships, which all aid the child to mature socially and emotionally.
Cognitive development is the development of the ‘thinking’ and ‘organizing’ systems of the brain. It involves language, mental imagery, thinking, reasoning, problem solving and memory development. As cognition develops, children build on prior experiences, using these to help them make sense.
Perception develops through information that is gathered from the senses, which allows children to make sense of their environment. As they grow, young children learn to discern information from the environment that is significant to them. This ability to filter information helps children interpret and attach meaning to objects and events.
The purpose of this learning area is to broaden a child’s knowledge of self and the world he or she lives in and to develop appropriate life skills. At Somerset College discovery learning forms part of an integrated daily routine consisting of adult guided and self-exploration activities. This is done through the exploration of nature and living creatures, energy and change, planet earth and beyond and matter and materials.
Through preschool art activities children develop sensory perception, eye-hand coordination, fine-motor control, pleasure and satisfaction in their own work and work of their friends, and self-expression. The performing arts provides the opportunity for the children to sing, make music, dramatize and explore movement. The visual arts includes two- and three-dimensional work where the art materials offer children the opportunity to experiment with colour, shape, design, and texture.