Learning and Wellbeing


At Padthaway School-Based Preschool we believe learning is a lifelong journey and realise early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. We acknowledge parents as children’s first teachers and that collaborative relationships between educators and families are vital to ensure children reach their full potential.

We offer a play based programme encompassing all areas of the curriculum. We view children as competent and capable learners and as individuals, and build on the skills and knowledge they have previously acquired. The wide range of open-ended experiences provided allow for all children to engage with, take ownership of and be extended in their learning. Opportunities for social interactions, inquiry, exploration and self-directed learning are continually available for all children.

Junior Primary

In the R/1/2 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/1/2 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.

Middle Primary

Our aim in the Middle Primary class is for all students to work towards achieving their personal best- academically, physically and emotionally. Learning to work independently and to problem solve are very important skills to develop in Middle Primary, which are also life skills. Fostering a thirst for knowledge and a positive willingness to have a go are encouraged. Hands-on activities, individually, with a partner or a small group, make the learning more meaningful and engaging for the students. During class meetings students have the opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas to improve our classroom and school.

Upper Primary

Our aim in the Upper Primary class is developing students who can work independently, use their initiative and demonstrate leadership skills. Strong expectations are placed on students to take responsibility for their learning, challenge themselves and strive for excellence.

As a student-centred classroom, children are provided with many opportunities to pursue topics of interest and offered choice about how to best present their understanding and skills. Critical thinking and democratic skills are fostered through regular class meetings and discussions. The Upper Primary Class works with the JP Class to develop their leadership skills, whilst engaging in activities which teach the School Values.

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