Infant 1 - 6 to 18 months:
During this stage, our students are making babbling sounds and by 18 months old, begin to know 8 or more words. We are aware that as this stage our students copy sounds and gestures from our teachers and those in their learning environment. As such we implement a variety of learning activities that stimulate their learning through kinesthetic and sensory play
Infants will develop a love for learning, exploration and acquisition of creative and imaginative thinking
By 11 to 13 months our students may take a few steps forward and we as teachers encourage and engage with them through physical play and activities. At 12 months old, our students recognise what ordinary things are for e.g. telephone, spoon, doll. We use many toys and props to engage their interest, thinking and learning. They also begin to understand 1 step verbal commands without any gestures e.g. sit down, clap your hands. At Stamford, our current school curriculum has different topics throughout the year and new vocabulary and concepts are introduced to our students’. They are delivered in a way that engages our students’ interest, and we also encourage the use of creative play with musical instruments, chants and songs
Infant 2 - 18 months to 36 months:
As our students near 36 months old, they begin to know one or two body parts and can follow a few simple instructions e.g. please get your shoes. They will use 8 or more words and although they are unclear, you can tell what they mean.
At 2 1/2 years old, our students begin to imitate adults and older children more so, and will show more independence and begin to include other children in their playing time. At Stamford, our students participate in group activities that allow for peer play and exploration. By this age, our students will know names of familiar people and say short sentences of 2 to 4 words, and follow simple instructions. They will begin to know some shapes, and colours.
At Stamford, our current school curriculum has different topics throughout the year and new vocabulary and concepts are introduced to our students’. They are delivered in a way that engages the students’ interest through creative play, musical instruments, chants and songs .We also encourage our students’ to be engaged with books and listen to popular fairy tales and fables.