Staff in the nursery section at our school have been developing highly-effective approaches to teaching literacy and numeracy – and this is enabling the children to achieve measurable greater success.
For example, by the end of their three years in our nursery section, our pupils enter primary phase with reading ages comparable with English learners in the UK. And in Maths they are working with numbers up to 100, and understanding shapes, patterns, measures and money.
Staff are applying phonics to improve the children’s reading and writing, with culturally-relevant stories that engage their interest.
Meanwhile, in a break with traditional Ugandan practice, corporal punishment is not used in our school. Instead, our staff are learning to implement a positive behaviour management policy based on fairness and consistency.
Currently there are 124 pupils in our nursery section, served by four teachers and six teaching assistants.