One of the major aims of the prep year is to make links between children’s prior experiences at home and in other settings and their future learning in the school context.
During the prep year children will learn through a combination of play and focused learning and teaching.
Prep uses the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines. The guidelines are based on active learning, which includes inquiry and play. In prep, children will be:
- Making choices about what and how they learn;
- Planning collaboratively with the teacher;
- Participating in music and language experiences;
- Investigating and playing independently, in pairs, small groups and as a class;
- Participating in dramatic play to build an understanding of themselves and the world;
- Drawing and painting to encourage oral language, and fine motor skills;
- Constructing, using blocks and creating collages to develop early mathematical concepts and skills.
Children learn by working and building relationships with others and most importantly through effective play.
Through play, children develop thinking and problem solving strategies. They use and extend oral language capabilities, learn literacy and numeracy practices, explore a range of ways to symbolise experiences and develop imagination and creativity. Play-based experiences provide children with opportunities to build their personal identities as successful and responsible learners.
The Early Years Curriculum promotes a flexible learning environment where teachers purposefully create five main contexts for learning and development.
All experiences will be imbedded in the following contexts for learning:
- Real life situations
- Routines and transitions
- Focussed learning and teaching.
Building Partnerships is also a major aim of the prep Year. Partnerships between:
- child and child
- child, teacher and teacher aide
- child, teacher and other educational or support staff
- child and parent in the prep setting
- children, families, community members and school.