Teaching, learning and assessment in Kindergarten and Pre-Primary is based on the Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines. It draws from the key ideas and related content from the Early Years Learning Framework to construct curriculum to ensure that all children in Kindergarten experience quality teaching and learning.
Kindergarten children are connected to family, community, culture and place. Their learning takes place through these relationships. As children participate in everyday life, they develop interests and construct their own identities and understandings of the world.
The following figure illustrates how dynamic, responsive and educational Kindergarten programs are developed at East Hamersley with a focus on each component when making decisions about curriculum.
Connections to the content of the Pre-primary curriculum in the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline have been made so that teachers, parents and colleagues see the transitional yet continuous nature of learning across the early years.
The five areas of learning and development are based on the five outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework. They are:
- IDENTITY – Children have a strong sense of identity.
- CONNECTING & CONTRIBUTING – Children are connected with and contribute to their world.
- WELLBEING – Children have a strong sense of wellbeing.
- LEARNING and THINKING – Children are confident and involved learners.
- COMMUNICATING – Children are effective communicators.
East Hamersley Primary School reports twice a year on a student’s achievement according to the achievement standards of the Australian Curriculum. Teaching and learning in PP – Year 6 is based on the Western Australian Curriculum and Australian Curriculum.
The following figure illustrates how the EYLF establishes the foundations for effective learning from birth through to age five and beyond.
East Hamersley Primary School provides a balanced approach to learning in the early years. Students are given the opportunity to be creative and learn through play based activities. Learning rotations combine teacher structured activities where intentional teaching and learning can take place, and free play activities where student’s creativity can be tapped into.