Our teachers work with structured planning files, based on a curriculum that covers literacy, numeracy and life skills. Each day our children engage in a range of learning activities facilitated and guided by our qualified and specially trained teachers and helpers. Our lessons are based around incorporating as many of the five senses as possible, thereby encouraging formal and informal learning.
At Hakuna we encourage active classroom discussions, learning about a variety of different themes, teach maths concepts, such as colours, shapes, sequencing and prepositions, just to name a few. Arts and crafts, music, movement and drama also form an important part of our curriculum.
Each class begins with an interactive morning ring. The children are encouraged to discuss weekend news, things from nature, the weather, they are taught about the value of greeting one another and manners.
We have an extensive range of age appropriate puzzles for each class. The children engage in classroom puzzles once a week, they are taught how to systematically and effectively complete puzzles. We also offer a separate Puzzle Library. The children can take home a puzzle once a week, where they are able to enjoy and build puzzles, with family members at home.
Reading and the exposure to books, is one of the greatest gifts you can offer your child. Our classrooms are filled with beautifully illustrated books and stories for the teachers to read and children to page through and “read”.
Our Jungle Library is a “quiet peace of Heaven at Hakuna”, where the children go down with their teacher once a week. The children select a book of their choice, to take home for the week to enjoy with a family member. During library time the children are taught about books and library etiquette.
We pride ourselves on our excellent quality games, that offer our children the opportunity to extend their maths, literacy and life skills.
Hakuna has a wide range of inside and outside toys, that support and promote fine and gross motor development, as well as allowing the children time for exploring fantasy and free play.
Our boys and girls have a big choice of building blocks made of a variety of materials, such as Lego, big wooden blocks and plastic blocks.
We have an inside fantasy corner made up of beautiful themed costumes, including super heroes, princesses, cloaks and hats. Outside we have a lovely wendy house kitted with miniature appliances and house fittings, as well as a fort for the children to play in.
Our large equipment which is comprised of a climbing wall, swings, tumble tunnels, slides, monkey bars and rocking horses, is geared to promote gross motor development. A bike track with age appropriate bikes, road signs and a petrol pump, provides fun for all.
Toys and Apparatus are added to the playground to enhance playtime.
Structured age appropriate movement lessons are offered once a week. Our musical instruments are used to teach a variety of musical concepts.
Painting easels outside provide exciting free time to paint during outdoor play. Our classrooms are all equipped with painting materials for our children to create many “works of art”.
Troughs outside are filled with exciting items for water and sensory play, to ignite the five senses.
Friday is Baker Baker day and is a wonderful way to end off a busy week. This is another crucial part of a child’s development and learning experience that offers many life skills that are needed for expanding little minds. In the Red and Blue Group class, the children engage in “hands on” baking, where they have the opportunity to mix, stir, measure, taste and so much more.
The Grade 000 to Grade R children will have Baker Baker. Each child will have an opportunity to bring any baked or bought goodie from home, to share and enjoy with their friends. The other children in the class sing to the Baker and pay R2.00 for their baked goodie, teaching them money and buying skills, along with sharing and manners.