Program for Kindergarten Education

School-based program for children aged 3-8 includes basic skills development, pre-reading, drawing, singing and school preparation.

At Notre dame international academy we use the Uganda curriculum written by the National curriculum Development Center following the learning framework for early childhood development (3-6) years of age. The curriculum is based on the (five) Developmental needs of children; 1. Physical needs 2. Emotional needs 3. Social and moral needs 4. Spiritual needs 5 and Intellectual needs.

Physical needs

Children are put on proper feeding and healthy environment, exercise and play, sleep and rest, given adequate clothing and shelter with a “touch of class care and attention.

Emotional needs

Children are given parental love and security, trained to succeed and self worth, they also get opportunities to express anger, fear, tenderness and happiness.

Social needs

Children live with and relate with others, belong to a group, learn to lead and follow, learn right and wrong, learn to become independent.

Spiritual needs

Children need to understand the creator and creation need to understand God as a loving Father who cares for them and others.

Intellectual needs

Need for stimulation, need for opportunities to explore experiment and discover, need for opportunities to use language, need for purposeful play.

Jolly Phonics

Children are taught letters by the way they sound in the words (Jolly Phonics), it is widely recognized as the most effective way to teach children to read and write in English. Jolly Phonics, teaches children to read and write using synthetic phonics. The method had been used in developed countries for over 25 years and now used in over 100 countries worldwide.
At Notre dame International Academy Jolly Phonics is widely used in almost every area of the child’s learning. This means that we teach letter sounds as opposed to the alphabet. At the most early years children are taught the first 42 letter sounds which are the phonics building blocks, with the right tools, used to decode the English language. When reading a word, they recognize the letters and blend together the respective sounds; when writing a word they identify the sounds and write down the corresponding letters. These skills are called blending and segmenting. These are two of the five skills that children need to master phonics: