The Prep Program at St Catherine’s begins… the moment your child enters the school. The way we interact with your child reflects the type of program we offer. The Australian Curriculum provides a framework for us to explore, investigate, discuss, think and do. “It acknowledges the changing ways in which young people will learn and the challenges that continue to shape learning in the future.” (The Australian Curriculum 2012)
Our teaching objectives are to provide engaging, relevant, and challenging learning experiences for children. We understand that students in their first year of formal schooling come to us with a variety of individual differences in social, intellectual and emotional development.
A typical Prep day is made up of time devoted to Individual Thinking Activities and Reflection Time, Focused Learning and Teaching, Routines and Transitions, purposeful play, negotiated learning teachable moments throughout the day, and real-life situations.
We are using The Australian Curriculum in conjunction with The Early Years Curriculum Guidelines. There is a significant focus on investigation and enquiry-based learning, which is our key philosophy for the Early Years teaching team.
Major relationships between the Early Learning Areas and the Australian Curriculum:
Making healthy choices
Imagining and responding