Early Childhood Curriculum
The Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2 early learning program is founded on the social constructivist theory and the Early Years Learning Framework. The curriculum content is responsive to the children’s interests and based on a combination of the National Australian Curriculum and the Western Australian Curriculum Framework.
A balanced approach to teaching and learning, using play based pedagogy is used to engage and empower children, and explicit intentional teaching used to focus on literacy, numeracy and scientific investigation skills. Learning occurs through sustained shared thinking, active investigation, listening and responding to children and making learning visible. From 3 years of age our children are encouraged to wonder, ask questions and explore to strive to understand the world around them.
This holistic approach to developing the whole child provides firm foundations for success in the life-long journey of learning. This approach includes strategies to develop effective communication, creativity, problem-solving and thoughtful risk-taking to enable our children to become increasingly independent and confident learners as appropriate. The outdoor environment is highly valued to extend and develop thinking and investigation skills in all areas of learning. We place importance on providing a rich and vibrant program and have specialist teachers from Pre-Kindergarten.
Close observation of children’s development in social, physical and academic growth enables teachers to assess student learning and devise learning programs which best suit individual children. Standardised, non-standardised tests and analysis of work samples also provide useful data to inform teaching and learning programs. We work in partnership with parents who are regularly informed of their child’s progress. The Junior School focuses on providing opportunities to challenge and inspire all students and we offer targeted intervention to students who experience difficulty with literacy and /or numeracy.
Information and Communication Technology is a tool integrated into the curriculum with extensive use of Interactive Whiteboards from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 4, touch screen computers in the Early Childhood classrooms, iPads in Year 1 and Year 2. ICT is used as a powerful medium to communicate and record student learning in the early years and to bring the outside world into the classroom. Throughout the Junior School from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6, there is a continuity and progression of skills and concepts with clear lines of development, with the overriding emphasis on making learning engaging so that we engender a life-long enthusiasm and love of learning.