Pre-School

...more than a school, a way of life.

Oakwood is undoubtedly the busiest part of our school. A place of learning through play where children get to be the best they can be – celebrating their strengths and unique individuality in readiness for the demands of formal schooling.

Both the Oakwood and Junior Primary staff ensure that the transition is seamless between the different phases of the school.

The Oakwood curriculum is carefully based on modern trends and the latest research, best practice and in keeping with the needs of 21st century learning.

We aim to educate the children for life – encouraging independence, self-sufficiency and a true passion for learning. In building a child’s self-confidence and self-esteem allows a child the opportunity to develop sound and innovative problem- solving skills, creative thinking skills, exercising self -discipline, accountability and resilience.

We follow the Singapore Numeracy programme which allows for “out the box” thinking skills. Our literacy programme uses the Letterland programme in Grade 000 and 00, where it transitions to Jolly Phonics in Grade R to ensure the transition to the Floppy Phonics approach when they begin their formal reading tuition in Grade 1 in the Junior Primary. The emotional intelligence of our children is paramount, their sense of well- being and the opportunity to develop life skills that will hold them in good stead for their future endeavours to achieve and achieve their true potential.

The Oakwood journey of learning prepares a child for the formal learning environment at the Prep school. We strongly believe that each child learns at their own individual, and unique pace – the curriculum, daily and weekly planning are therefore scaffolded, differentiated and tailor made to allow every child the opportunity to make the very best of the stimulating, exciting learning experiences that are provided according to their specific learning needs.

  • To develop a child’s emotional intelligence and the ability to demonstrate the qualities of resilience, accountability and the empathic consideration of others.
  • To develop the necessary social skills in order for them to develop meaningful relationships with their peers, work collaboratively and enjoy healthy friendships.
  • To develop a child’s cognitive and scholastic ability having ensured that their pre- reading and pre- writing perceptual skills, gross and fine motor skills are honed to the best of their ability.
  • Oakwood is an integrated and inclusive learning environment where differences are celebrated! Should children experience a developmental lag in any particular learning area, early intervention is recommended where necessary to ensure timeous intercession.
  • We endeavour to create an experience where children have an inherent love of learning and strive to be and feel their true self- worth!

Our Mission

Somerset House is an independent preparatory school that strives to provide an excellent all-round education for children preparing them thoroughly for their futures.

Our Philosophy​

Somerset House is a family school and is welcoming to all. Somerset House endeavours to teach us all to live unselfishly, considering others. Non Nobis Solum. 

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Mission

We are firmly committed to recognising and developing each child’s individuality and potential.

We embrace change as a challenge and an opportunity, whilst respecting tradition.

We choose to provide a unique small school environment for a stimulating and demanding academic programme, emphasising child-centred education, deep-thinking and the development of life-long learning habits. 

We are a caring, Christian based environment, where self-esteem is nurtured, initiative is encouraged and children are able to develop self-discipline while maintaining an awareness and concern for others. 

We understand the valuable role that the arts, sport, extra-mural activities and leadership play in the development of rounded children. 

We are committed to the development and retention of top quality staff and to remaining up to date with appropriate educational and technological progress. We will allocate financial resources responsibly to ensure the delivery of world-class educational standards. 

We are committed to playing our part towards building a better South Africa. 

Philosophy

Somerset House is special in that it seeks to embrace a modern, dynamic, diverse and changing world while underpinned by sound values.

Somerset House is an independent school which makes its own decisions regarding curriculum and learning, while taking cognisance of national and international trends in education.

Somerset House is a disciplined environment where effort, participation and excellence are honoured.

Somerset House has a specialness and smallness which in this day and age is quite unique. The historic buildings and natural grounds are appreciated by all.

For seventy years Somerset House has remained a caring environment based on Christian values where self-esteem is nurtured, initiative is encouraged and children are able to develop self-discipline while maintaining an awareness and concern for others.