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  1. The Prep Year curriculum Learning oral language, mathematics, social skills and problem solving through play

  2. The prep curriculum is based on international studies of the most effective ways of helping young children learn.

  3. What does the research tell us about effective programs for young children?

  4. Effective programs • Use play-based and enquiry-based learning and teaching. • Involve children in active, multi-sensory learning experiences. • Involve children in collaborative learning. • Develop self-management skills and independence. • Develop early literacy and numeracy understandings. • Develop children’s positive dispositions to themselves and learning. • Monitor children’s learning. • Provide continuity between settings.

  5. Early years programs … should focus on children: • making decisions • solving problems • developing thinking processes • developing effective communication • developing collaboration strategies • developing positive dispositions towards learning • developing a positive sense of self.

  6. What are the factors associated with later success in school? • social and emotional competence • health and physical wellbeing • language development and communication • early mathematical understandings • active learning processes • positive disposition to learning.

  7. Differences from preschool • children at least six months older • full-day, five-days-a-week program • curriculum built around identified factors for success in schooling • identified learning expectations that lead to the Year 1 curriculum • expanded learning situations include investigations, real-life situations, play, routines and focused learning and teaching situations • children’s progress monitored using an earlylearning record with phases of learning that lead into the syllabuses used in Years 1 and 2

  8. What will your child learn in the Prep Year? The learning experiences in the Prep Year will help your child to: • take on responsibilities • become more independent • respect other people • cooperate with others • make sensible choices about their health and safety • develop their physical skills • develop their oral language …

  9. What will your child learn in the Prep Year? • develop their early literacy understandings • develop their early mathematical understandings • learn how to be thinkers and problem solvers • use their imagination and creativity • learn about their environment.

  10. What might you see your child doing in the Prep Year? Your child will participate in a range of learning situations.

  11. Your child will learn through …

  12. You will see your child … • investigating interests • making choices • planning with their teacher about the things they might do, and carrying out their plans • talking with teachers and other children • designing and making things • singing, dancing and painting • listening to stories • playing games indoors and outdoors • climbing, balancing, jumping

  13. You will see your child … • planning and sharing in make-believe play • using computers to draw pictures, make signs, play games and find out about the world • taking part in everyday experiences like gardening, cooking and tidying up • writing and copying signs during their play • learning about size, shape, weight and measurement as they construct things indoors and outdoors.

  14. How will this help your child in Year 1? The prep curriculum is designed to form a foundation for, and to lead into, the Year 1 curriculum.

  15. How will teachers monitor your child’s learning? • Evidence of your child’s learning will be collected throughout the year and kept in an individual folio. • This evidence will come from observations, talking with your child and adults, and collecting examples of the things your child does. • Your child’s progress in relation to the early learning areas will be recorded in your child’s early learning record.

  16. The information from monitoring your child’s learning is used in several ways • It helps teachers to plan for your child’s continuing learning. • It is used in conversations with your child about his or her learning. • It builds an overall picture of your child’s learning and development as they make the transition to Year 1. • It is shared with you during the year so that you have a picture of your child’s learning progress.

  17. More information about the early years curriculum and a copy of the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines can be found at QSA’s website: