Our Curriculum: The Foundation Key Stage #igslekki

Our Preschool children are encouraged at all times to progress in their physical and mental development by ensuring that their playing  and learning materials include sensory, physical and musical stimulations . In addition, the importance of fresh air and exercise to children’s general well-being is respected on a daily basis. We ensure that the atmosphere of learning, warmth and caring is transmitted to our parents by communicating each child’s progress to them regularly.

Our children are encouraged to work by themselves, thereby acquiring an active discipline, a practical independence and a gradual increase in knowledge.

Our programme is child-centred and based on the beliefs that play is the best way for children to learn. Our approach is individualized to meet the child’s needs and interest.

The 3-5 year olds have stimulating classrooms where various materials and equipment are carefully organized and presented to enhance and enrich the children’s learning, complimenting the wide range of play and creative activities within which they participate. Weekly themes are introduced through developmentally appropriate stories and presentations that are carried out through art, games, songs and play.

​Imperial Gate School Anthem #igslekki

We are born of a seed

That was planted with love,

As we follow in His footsteps

We will stand like a rock.

From our beautiful small world

We will reach out to the nations.

In our strive there’ll be vict’ry

As we touch our gen’ration.

Like an eagle we will soar

Lift up your head, oh IGS

As we wave Imperial flag 

Above the rest

Like an eagle we will soar

Lift up your head, Imperial Gate

May your light shine brightly

Alma mater

Across every border

Helping Kids with Homework #igslekki

Naturally some parents are anxious about this responsibility, some are barely involved in their child’s schoolwork and when they finally do, they get very strict, rather than to be supportive with explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging their child to take a 5minute recess. 

For parents who might be confused of steps to take, here are some tips to guide the way:

  • Have a relationship with your child’s teacher. Attend school events, such as PTA meetings, have quick meeting with your child’s teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
  • Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies – paper, pencils, glue, scissors etc. – within reach.
  • Create a study time. Some kids are in their best mood in the afternoons, after lunch, while some may prefer to wait until after dinner.
  • Help them make a plan. On days that come with loads of homework to tackle, arrange a schedule where the assignment could be broken into bits. Heavy homework could be draining and exhausting for kids, set little 10minute breaks to help them blow off steam
  • Eliminate every form of distraction; this means no TV, loud music, or phone calls (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful).
  • Do not be too helpful. Encourage them to think by themselves. They won’t learn if they don’t think for themselves. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it’s a kid’s job to do the learning.
  • Be a good role model. Do your kids ever see you sorting out your budget list or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parent examples than their advice.
  • Cheer them up, give them recognition for their efforts and mention academic achievements to friends and relatives.

Teach your child to imbibe reading culture #igslekki

One thing parents of now-a-days don’t know is that a child’s reading culture depends on the time they devote to their child. Teachers are left with the burden of imbibing reading culture into the child; meanwhile, parents have a lot to do when it comes to the reading culture of their child.

How do we teach our children to imbibe a reading culture? Children need to be stirred not just by teachers, but by parents as well. They need to be pampered and encouraged to embark on the journey of loving to read because Leaders are Readers. So how do you then prepare your child to be a leader?

These are five parenting tips parents should adopt in order to help the reading development of their children.

Let there be a connection between what your child is reading and real life Situations.

Children are able to relate to things happening around them. Children also appreciate when the things they experience in their culture are shown in vivid examples like a primary school book that shows a child going to the market with his/her mother. There is a great feeling when a child sees himself/herself in a story he/she can relate with.

Find out what your children naturally have interest in.

One of the best ways to develop a good reading habit in your children is to find out what fascinates them. It may surprise us when we sit down and have a good long chat with our children we would find out that they have a lot of things running through their little minds. You could help them by purchasing books on what they are interested in; enroll them to participate in things that are intriguing to them. The more they learn from exploring, the more they will desire to read further. Discover what your child is passionate about and then use his or her interests as natural motivators to increase a reading culture.

Give them the free will to choose what they want to read

This should not be in all cases, but sometimes give them this opportunity.  Children are naturally empowered to read more anytime they are given the free hand to make their own choices. You could also encourage them to read by taking them to the bookstore and let them select books that naturally catch their fancy.  Encourage them also, to form study groups among their peers, or what is otherwise known as a book club. This could also encourage a high level of serious reading as children most times are competitive in nature.

Monitor your child’s reading culture and reward their efforts

The best way to get a child to undertake a task effectively and efficiently is when they realize they are being carefully monitored while they undertake the task. Not strict monitoring as this may scare the whole idea out of the child (and that wouldn’t get you anywhere in the long run). Rather, checkup on the child’s reading progress and encourage with a constant dose of love and kindness.

Read with your child. 

When they are younger, read to them and as they get older you can discuss books of interest together with them. Reading is fun and the best way to explore and learn about the world.

​What IGS expects from parents #igslekki

IGS is founded upon the dedication of academic staff, non-academic staff and supportive parents. IGS’s partnership with parents means that what we teach our pupils apply beyond the immediate grounds of our school. Together, with parents, we foster a framework by which our pupils can be raised to become fruitful members of the society.

Our Culture #igslekki

Imperial Gate School is a very friendly, welcoming and caring school. We believe that people achieve more when they feel happy, secure and valued. Our philosophy is to educate the whole person; we want the children to enjoy their learning and we have high expectations for their academic, creative and social progress. 

Team spirit is very much part of the ethos here and there are high expectations of all staff, pupils and parents to work cooperatively, to make a positive contribution to the life of the school and to give their best

APP OF THE WEEK: aMath Numbers Eng

​This week, we recommend aMath Numbers Eng for kids.

The app is an educational mathematics game based on Tetris principle. The game helps preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children learn numbers from 0 up to 100 in a fun way by combining visual and audio elements.

It contains 4 ranges of numbers: 1 to 10, 11 to 20, 1 to 20 and 0 to 100, plus 5 levels of difficulty for each range that makes it useful for 3-5year olds.

After learning how to count numbers from 1 to 10, kids can easily upgrade to counting from 1 to 20.

With the help of this game, kids can name and put in order numbers from 0 to 100.

aMath Numbers Eng aspires to be the first educational game for kids learning mathematics. The math game can be used for lessons at school and home tutorials. Enjoy!