Our School - Early Years

The Early Years (Reception – Year 2) curriculum is based on a ‘hands on’ approach that enables students to be involved actively in their learning.

 

Early Years classes teach Literacy and Numeracy each day.  Lessons are developed to explicit teaching of skills and integrated into all curriculum areas throughout the day.  Lessons are based on enriched tasks that are relevant to real life learning.  We see early development of reading skills as a strong indicator of future school success.

 

Your child doesn’t stop learning from you when he/she starts school.  Meetings with your child’s class teacher are helpful in letting you know what your child is learning at school and what you can do to continue this learning at home.

 

To help connect the skills learned in the different curriculum areas, teaches often plan learning activities which include more than one subject, for example, a topic like Water, provides opportunities for children to learn concepts and skills in, Health and Physical Education, History, Maths, English, Music, Drama and the Visual Arts, as well as in Geography and Science.

 

Not all students are ready to learn the same thing at the same time in the same way.  With this in mind students in the Early Years learn best through structured play.  When students learn through play and are actively engaged in learning; new understanding, capabilities and dispositions develop.  Students engaged in play also learn about themselves, their environment, people and the world around them; how to solve problems, get along with others, develop healthy personalities and leadership skills, and also develop fine and gross motor skills needed to grow and learn.  Students will become problem solvers and critical thinkers as they explore mathematical problems and scientific questions.