Students bring to school a wide range of experiences, abilities, needs and interests. They have a natural curiosity about their world. Their desire to make sense of the world provides a platform to plan and review their learning through interactions with others, experimentation, scaffolding, explicit teaching, practice and play in the classroom and beyond.
The curriculum documents used in the Prep year of schooling are:
Early Years Curriculum Guidelines
Together these documents will provide children the solid foundation necessary for successful lifelong learning.
The Australian Curriculum builds on the key learning outcomes of the national Early Years Learning Framework.
In the Foundation Year, priority in the Australian Curriculum is given to literacy and numeracy development because these are the foundations on which further learning is built.
Teaching and learning in the Prep Year also includes the Australian Curriculum Learning Areas of Health and Physical Education curriculum, Science, and Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts and Technologies.
The Early Years Curriculum Guidelines (EYCG) provide teachers with a framework for interacting with children, and planning, assessing and reflecting on an effective Preparatory Year curriculum.
The guidelines are based on active learning for children through real-life situations, investigation and play. They incorporate descriptions of 4 early learning and development phases to help teachers to monitor children's progress and preparedness for Year 1.
EARLY LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
SOCIAL & PERSONAL LEARNING
How they interact with others and how they view themselves as learners.
HEALTH & PHYSICAL LEARNING
Making healthy choices, fine and gross motor skills.
LANGUAGE LEARNING & COMMUNICATION
Oral language, listening, reading and viewing, writing and shaping.
ACTIVE LEARNING PROCESSES
thinking, investigating, imagining and responding.