Learning and Wellbeing
Attending preschool provides children with opportunities to grow in all areas of development – intellectual, physical, language, social and emotional. Children are viewed as competent and capable learners. We acknowledge parents/carers as children’s first educators and aim to build on children’s previously acquired skills and knowledge. We provide engaging play-based learning experiences along with intentional teaching times. We aim for children to become self-motivated with and take ownership of their own learning. The Preschool works closely with the R/1 Class to share learning experiences and to assist with transition into school life.
Children are entitled to access 15 hours of preschool each week. Children attend 18 hours per week in odd weeks of the term (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday morning) and 14 hours per week in even weeks (Tuesday, Thursday). Preschool hours are 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8:30am to 12:30pm every second Friday.
In the R/1 class, the process of developing motivated, respectful and responsible individuals continues. The play-based approach to learning allows the teacher to meet the needs of each student in a flexible and holistic way, while still meeting the curriculum standards for each year level. Students are viewed as capable and life-long learners. They are expected to take an active role in each learning opportunity and develop ownership of their learning needs and choices. Students use a variety of hands-on resources and play-based experiences to apply their understanding, extend their thinking and engage with the Australian Curriculum throughout the year.
In R/1 we recognise that students are unique learners, with different sets of needs and in turn their progress is supported individually, in collaboration with parents. Throughout the year, students learn to follow routines which best support their individual needs as well as the needs of the classroom community.
Students in the 2/3 Class are encouraged and supported to develop their independence as learners. They foster strong connections within the classroom community and use these to create a unique and collaborative learning environment, where they can both teach and learn from one another. The 2/3 Class are supplied with a variety of tasks and resources to meet their individual needs and guided in how to choose and use the best resources for problem solving and extending their own learning independently.
Children in the 2/3 class have opportunities to pursue interests and topics of their choice while accessing the curriculum. They are supported to enhance their ability to research, collect information, present and apply their understanding in a way best suited to their needs.
Year 4/5 students have the opportunity to learn in a positive and dynamic learning environment. Through practical activities and student led investigations across the curriculum areas, the students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning. The teacher fosters a sense of wonder through these activities and in turn motivates students to pursue learning in an independent way.
In the 4/5 Class, children are expected to meet high expectations. They are expected to show initiative and leadership in regards to their learning, challenge themselves, treat others with the upmost respect and strive to achieve excellence with all aspects of their schooling.