The transition to Primary School is an important and key step for our Preschool students. In order to provide a successful transition and ensure that it feels as natural as possible, our teachers provide comprehensive preparation so that both parents and students feel supported. The basis for this is the consistency of our school program, whereby our teaching methods and structure remain the same from Kindergarten through to the end of Grade 6. The type of learning, working with a portfolio, and project work is already familiar to our students from the Preschool years. In addition, they already have a solid foundation of knowledge and skill that they are able in turn to transfer to Grade 1.
Preparations for Grade 1 follow clearly defined pathways that are based on the professional experience and recommendations of our teachers and educators. In order to facility this exchange, our Preschool team meets regularly with our Grade 1 teaching team. Our teachers share mutual curriculum planning time, make regular visits to both ELC and Primary classrooms, and have regular meetings to fully prepare our Preschool students to begin Grade 1. In addition, this information is used to further develop our curriculum in the Early Years as it provides our staff with a continuous assessment of the needs of our students. Our goal is to enable our students to start their new routines with confidence, achieve a high degree of self-organization, and devlop an empowering degree of self-confidence. Moreover, our transition program prepares our students to learn how to concentrate for longer periods of time in the classroom, in order to successfully navigate a longer school day in Primary School.
In addition to preparing our students with the necessary academic preparation, we place keen focus on the social and emotion needs of our youngest students. Each May we begin the process and actively preparing our students for the transition, guiding them at each step, and ensuring that a strong connection is made to the Primary School. Primary School students regularly read to the preschoolers and present the results of their project work, preschoolers visit the first-grade classrooms and take part in project days and assemblies. This facilitates a regular dialogue that increases our preschoolers’ enthusiasm for the next step in their development. The program is accompanied by teacher-parent communication that is organized by our Preschool team, including consultations for the parents with regard to their child’s development. Our Primary School team welcomes the new parents with various information events in order to provide them with all the information they need with regard to their child’s enrollment at Primary School. In addition, the curriculum and parent handbooks provide an in-depth insight into the world of BMS Primary School.