Upper School - Big Bug & Super Bug
4 to 5 year olds
5 to 6 year olds
The Big & Super Bugs are hungry for knowledge, eager to grasp things in greater detail and keen to have their individuality recognised. Their gross and fine motor skills are well developed and they are raring to use them. Bug’s age children are open to new challenges and we are here for them at every turn.
Bugs attend daily, Monday to Friday from 8.45am until 2.45pm
After School Classes
After School programmes include sports classes, performing arts classes, art classes, language programs and music classes. Click here to find out more.
Breakfast Club - 8.00am to 8.40am
Extension Care - 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Our school caterers, Kiwi Kitchen lunches are meticulously prepared, with attention to dietary needs, allergies, balance and presentation (and they’re delicious too!). There are 3 or 4 meals choices to select from daily and the meals are well loved by the children. Bugs children may also bring a packed lunch from home.
Teacher: Child Ratio
Classes are kept small and we manage size carefully to ensure a fantastic level of attention for each child and a high teacher:student ratio of 1 teacher: 7 students. Students enjoy time with guest teachers too and in the final year the students embark on a superb 1-1 reading and literacy scheme.
Jolly Phonics and Early Literacy
Jolly Phonics is a tried and tested programme of early phonic introduction from the UK. This method of teaching works beautifully alone but also blends well with programmes run at many other schools; thus remains the perfect grounding for every child’s road to literacy. It is a multisensory approach to learning that combines actions, stories, songs, fun activities and effective worksheets to assist children on the road to reading. In their first term of Big Bugs children will cover all 42 phonic sounds, begin blending simple words and have a good grasp of writing these letters.
The main aims of Jolly Phonics are to:
- 1. Learn the letter sounds
- 2. Learn letter formation
- 3. Learn basic and more complex blend patterns
- 4. Identify sounds in words
- 5. Spell the tricky words
These aims are achieved in a fun and imaginative way and we have been astounded at the success of Jolly Phonics.
As the children progress through the Big Bugs their reading skills are consolidated and they are fully prepared at Super Bug level to start on our fantastic reading scheme.
Although the Jolly Phonics scheme uses many books it is primarily a guide through early phonics recognition. Our Big Bugs require time too when they are being read to and are allowed to read to the group, their teacher, and at leisure. After carefully looking through countless reading schemes we have found the perfect one to compliment our style of teaching in the Fitzroy Readers. Using a similar approach to phonics as Jolly Phonics, The Fitzroy Reading Scheme builds on children’s phonetic knowledge at a gentle pace, ensuring that they feel confident at each and every step. Our Super Bugs have one-to-one reading sessions with a reading specialist and are able to take books home on a weekly basis to read with parents. We use communication books to keep teachers and parents ‘in the loop’ and find this partnership to be the very best formula for success.
Lots of fun experiments geared towards inspiring children to look closely at the world around them and the processes that make things tick.
Modeled writing – teacher models selected teaching points, makes explicit thinking processes involved in writing a text (thinking aloud), children observe the writing process.
Shared writing – teacher acts as scribe and is an equal role with students in generating ideas, planning and decision making needed to construct a written piece, students can be scribe, develops awareness of what writing is about.
Guided writing – small group or individual work.
Independent writing – students choose the topic and write independently.
Language experience – teacher scribes for the students, teacher and students discuss an event or experience, drawing can be used to help students focus, students attempt writing even if only easy parts, teacher acts as scribe and records harder parts.
The Early Science Curriculum
Children are naturally very inquisitive and our science classes tap into this enthusiasm. We fully encourage questions and experimentation and help the children to discover their inner scientist.
Our After-School science classes are well respected as stand alone education for children of this age. Whilst we draw much from them for our daily science sessions, each separate class retains its own identity. We provide children lots of opportunities for hands-on interactive science experiences and real life example of science based principles.
Singapore Math is about “Why the math works” not just “How to do it”. It teaches students to understand math, not just recite rules to answer a given problem. With Singapore Math, our students understand the concepts and make connections between numbers. Our teachers have discovered it is not just a curriculum, it is a methodology of teaching math that engages children to see math from different perspectives and incorporate it into everyday life. Our students are taught great visual tools, such as number bonds, that help pictorially explain the relationships between numbers. They are using numerous hands on math tools to create their answers. Our teachers are exposing students to concepts that are beyond their grade or achievement level with the result of raising the expectations gradually over time.
Singapore Math is based around problem-solving skills that help our students persevere, reason, and communicate mathematically. We at Kspace realize that not all students learn the same way. Singapore Math offers various methods to develop a strong conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts and number sense. Through intensive training, our enthusiastic staff has gained strategies for teaching math, as well as they have transformed their approach in teaching other areas for deep understanding. Our teachers know that there is not just one way to answer a problem, but a variety of ways. Kspace teachers are teaching their students to be problem solvers and to think about thinking. Mathematics is a vehicle for brain development in all subject areas, and we pride ourselves on our student development.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Our Bugs children have the opportunity to study a different country every 6 weeks in order to develop cultural awareness and curiosity. We learn about climate and geography to people, food and culture.
Our Japanese programme has proved a great success and we receive overwhelming praise and compliments from delighted parents ñ and our children love this class. Through imaginative stories, games, songs and activities children absorb the language at a very fast pace. They also be learning about important cultural events on the Japanese calendar which should make their stay here even more memorable and ensure it is a holistic learning experience.
Personal and Social Development (PSE)
From sharing stories from other cultures, to talking about friendship and helping, PSE encourages children to empathise and consider themselves and others as valuable. Our children are wonderful beings and we want them to feel that way and treat each other accordingly! We also encourage good personal hygiene habits and practice skills like getting dressed/undressed and putting on/taking off our shoes. Dangers in the environment, traffic safety and safe practices are also covered in this section.
Gymnastics, team games, personal challenges, balancing skills, obstacle courses, racing, rolling and simply keeping VERY healthyÖ are all on our agenda for our children! Our gym and roof garden provide light, ventilated, safe and hugely spacious areas for them to let off steam. We enjoy time with gymnastics trained teachers, and have wonderful specialised teachers who visit us to add even more sparkle to the childrenís week. Children wear delightful PE kits and they love getting changed and switching mood.
Kspace Special Curriculum
"Brain Gym" may sound rather strange but the title is perfectly descriptive! The movements devised in Brain Gym effectively trigger learning and it is indeed a warm up for the entire system; before moving onto desk based work, and areas that require concentration.
Creative Development (Art)
Our art programme at Kspace is infamous!! Through use of amazing materials we have encouraged some fabulous art projects. Children who are moving up from our Butterfly class are already familiar with our methods of teachingÖ.but we have many surprises in store! We of course continue with a very varied and expressive art programme and basing art projects around the monthly theme. For example; if the theme is space then we make mobiles of the solar system or use different combinations of paint and texture to produce the different surfaces of the moon/sun etc. Children are allowed more space to continue projects involving much thought and parents are free to view art work when they enter the Big Bugs classroom.
At Kspace we believe that inside everyone is a budding thespian waiting to emerge. In this module we hope to tap into that and encourage expression and creativity through dance and drama.
Peer Massage is often viewed by new parents to us as one of the more ëalternativeí teaching techniques used at Kspace, but it has become a popular tool in UK schools since its introduction 7 years ago. A belief that respectful touch can encourage self-esteem got the programme under way and our children are proof that ALL schools could benefit from such a module!
This little addition to the Big Bugs day allows for a great deal of team building and a nice spot of relaxation before we move onto more focused activities!
Cookery and Nutrition
We know that teachers and peers can play a valuable role in educating the children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. As well as studying the foods eaten in the country that relate to our monthly theme, the children learn the importance of exercise/stretching, personal hygiene (including teeth brushing!!) and taking care of oneself.
Our programme of music awareness allows the children to spend focused periods studying the music relevant to our current theme; along with dance steps, tempo, musical instruments and music classifications. Over the year they will enjoy great diversity, from classical to native American Indian; trance, brass band, jazz, rock and basically EVERY music genre!