Gateway Foundation schools: For pre-school children

Gateway Foundation Schools located within Gateway Colleges in Rajagiriya, Bambalapitiya, Kandy and Negombo are able to share the best practices of the British System of Education with Gateway's own four Kindergartens in Oxford, UK.

Gateway College Kandy

At Gateway, the age period of 2 ½ to 5 is described as the Foundation Stage. It is a distinct stage and important both in its own right and in preparing children for later schooling. Gateway's curriculum is carefully structured with provision at the Play Group for the different starting points and then continuously build at Nursery and Kindergarten till they reach the early learning goals. The curriculum at Foundation stage is essentially a mixed one bringing in the best practices from Montessori, Pre-School methods etc. Various themes incorporated throughout the year make learning fun and exciting.

The programme of study in the Foundation Stage as set out by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority of United Kingdom incorporates six aspects of learning. They are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

At Play Group, we practise the concept of 'Learn through Play'. Well planned play, both indoors and outdoors, is a key way in which young children learn with enjoyment and challenge. During the two years at Nursery and Kindergarten, children are provided with the necessary support to reach the early learning goals in the 6 aspects above. ICT (Computing), swimming and athletics are introduced at Kindergarten level.

Gateway's Foundation Schools consist of many colourful classrooms with separate reading corners, a spacious music room, a multi purpose room with a mini library, an IT suite and an indoor play room. The outdoor play area is equipped with the most modern equipment to providing meaningful physical development for kids.

Gateway is committed to provide a caring environment with experienced and trained staff to ensure that the children get the correct guidance required at this tender age. With modern techniques, up-to-date facilities, best of care and loving staff Gateway ensures that the children not only get the right start, but also a bright one. Gateway believes that parents too play an important role in the child's development and strongly considers them as their Partners in Progress.

Gateway College Colombo
Gateway College Bambalapitiya
Gateway College Kandy
Gateway College Negombo

With the recent developments in the higher education sector, Gateway now offers education from "Foundation to Graduation".

Gateway believes in getting children to read early
Literacy is a learned skill, not a biological awakening. It is for this reason that the Gateway College Foundation School, ensures that all children are provided with the necessary language, cognitive, and early reading skills for continued success in school.

In order to develop reading skills very early, Gateway introduced the "Jolly Phonics" programme two years ago. Jolly Phonics, the most popular synthetic phonics programme in the United Kingdom is now widely accepted and used in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The programme initially introduces young children to 42 sounds rather than the 26 letters in the alphabet. The scheme has the following as the basic skills:

1. Learning the letter sounds
2. Letter formation
3. Blending
4. Identifying sounds in words
5. Tricky words

Scientifically based reading research into all aspects of the programme has shown that the Jolly Phonics children's reading skills were 11 months above the level expected for their age. The synthetic phonics classes also outperformed the whole language classes on 16 out of 19 reading and spelling measures. The results demonstrated that Jolly phonics produced effects that were long lasting.

For further details contact Gateway Colleges:
COLOMBO : 011-2888288
KANDY : 081-2233670
NEGOMBO : 031-2227722
COLOMBO 04 : 011-2500621

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