Orange Group: Turning Five

In their pre-Grade R year, we prepare the orange groupers for their big step into ‘big school’. Our teachers pride themselves on graduating Earlybirders who begin Grade R with a head start — ready to catch the worm!

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If you are looking for learning and development activities for your little one while on lockdown, have a look at our Earlybird@Home guides for the red age group:

Development and Learning Objectives for the Orange Group:

Language, Literacy and Creative Expression

Maths and Scientific Reasoning

Physical, Social and Emotional well-being

  Language, literacy and creative expression

Creative Expression

1. Engages in music, art and dramatic play

Oral Language Development

2. Receptive and expressive vocabulary development

3. Coherent expression of personal ideas, thoughts, and feelings

Emergent Literacy

4. Response to text

5. Phonological Awareness

6. phoneme-grapheme correspondence

Emergent Writing

7. Print awareness/concepts

8. Tracing, transcription, and writing

  Maths and Scientific Reasoning

Quantitative Concepts

9. Estimation

10. Verbal and object counting

11. Numeral recognition, depiction, and cardinality

12. Relative magnitude and Measurement

Geometry and Spatial Relationships

13. Shape recognition and manipulation

14. Position, Directions and Time


15. Classification and Patterning

16. Planning

17. Hypothesis Formation

  pHysical and social emotional wellbeing

Social Emotional Development

18. Self-regulation

Response to expectations

20. The positive sense of self and cultural identity

21. Persistence in the face of challenges

Physical Development

22Gross motor coordination

a. Throws a bean bag/ball towards intended target

b. Catches a bean bag/ball two-handed

c. Kicks a ball towards intended target

d. Catches a bean bag/ball one-handed

e. Hops or balances on one-foot

f. Runs for at least 20 meters

23. Fine motor coordination

a. Finger thumb opposition (touches thumb to all other fingers one at a time)

b. Navigates touchscreen of a tablet with swipes and taps

c. Holds crayons or paintbrushes to draw or paint effectively

d. Uses scissors to cut simple paper shapes

d. Holds pencil with a three-point grip to write letter-like lines and shapes

e. Ties shoelaces independently

Orange Group Daily Routine:

Special supports for Orange Group children and families:

  • Developing logic and reasoning skills
  • Getting ready for Grade-R