About Tenderville School

Our Daily Schedule

A typical day in Tenderville consists of work and play. Play can be indoor or outdoor before lunch and after afternoon snack. Work time is used for learning and exploring the different activities within the prepared environment which includes Exercise of Practical Life, Sensorial, Numeracy, Language, Writing, Science, Art, Story time, Music & Movement and Geography.

We understand that each child is unique and are at different stages of development, so our objective is not to compare their abilities with one another, but observe their interests and build their individualized lesson plans around them.

So at the end of their time in Tenderville, they have mastered what they like to do and achieved what they need to know to proceed to the next level.

We operate a 2-hour work cycle in the mornings of uninterrupted, self-chosen work. There is a snack break after this, followed by outside time and our culture activities finish off our day's activities.


Our curriculum guidelines are:

  • Cultural
  • Physical Development
  • Practical life Skills
  • Sensorial Development
  • Communication & Language
  • Mathematics Development/Numeracy
  • Literacy & Language Development
  • Knowledge & Understanding of the world
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Expressive Arts:
    • Music
    • ICT
    • French
    • Arts & Craft

Areas of Learning

Practical Life
Young children have a strong urge to become independent. Practical Life activities help them to perfect the skills they need in daily life. Whilst learning essential life skills, the children are also developing hand-eye co-ordination and the capacity to focus their attention for the entirety of an activity. Successful completion of such tasks gives children a real sense of their own achievement, and this builds their self-confidence.

Sensorial Exploration
Children are vividly aware of the world, constantly exploring it and taking in impressions through all their senses. The sensorial materials encourage children to order and classify the physical properties of the world they live in. These activities stimulate and develop the senses, refining children’s powers of observation, perception, exploration and communication.

Numeracy materials enable even a very young child to achieve a natural appreciation of mathematical concepts through his or her own efforts. This avoids the mental blocks which so often occur in children faced with purely abstract concepts. Specially designed equipment helps children to grasp concrete ideas along with sensory experience of numbers, quantities and mathematical operations. Gradually children can move confidently to complete abstract mathematical problems. Children educated this way, would leave with a genuine love of numbers and mathematics.

In Tenderville, children learn to express themselves. The freedom offered to the children creates many opportunities for them to communicate with their peers and the adults. We emphasise the development of vocabulary based on real experiences and the early preparation required for reading and writing. Advanced activities take the child well beyond the basic skills into reading and writing for interpretation, creativity and pleasure.

Understanding & Knowledge of The World
This area covers a wide range of subjects which reflect the broad interests of young children. In Tenderville, the environment stimulates these interests and extends knowledge and understanding of art and crafts, geography, history, music and science and the natural world.

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