Ev­ery­thing on hand for kids

Central and North Burnett Times - - KINDY MATTERS -

GAYN­DAH State School prep stu­dents have ac­cess to up-to-date tech­nol­ogy and re­sources and pro­fes­sional and car­ing staff.

Chil­dren are el­i­gi­ble to ac­cess the prep pro­gram at school if they are turn­ing five years of age be­fore June 30 that year.

The prep cur­ricu­lum is play-based and, since the be­gin­ning of 2012, has in­cor­po­rated the National Cur­ricu­lum.

The prepara­tory year is of­ten the first ex­pe­ri­ence of for­mal ed­u­ca­tion for most chil­dren.

At Gayn­dah State School they par­tic­i­pate in an oral lan­guage pro­gram as well as be­ing im­mersed in lit­er­acy, nu­mer­acy and science.

Th­ese key learn­ing ar­eas oc­cur within the five con­texts of learn­ing in prep – fo­cused and ex­plicit teach­ing and learn­ing, play, real-life sit­u­a­tions, in­ves­ti­ga­tions and rou­tines and tran­si­tions.

The his­tory cur­ricu­lum for prep stu­dents was in­tro­duced this year and stu­dents en­joy a va­ri­ety of “hands-on” ac­tiv­i­ties to de­velop fine and gross mo­tor skills.

Out­door and in­door play en­cour­ages so­cial in­ter­ac­tions as well as the de­vel­op­ment of ac­tive learn­ing pro­cesses in­clud­ing role play and imag­i­na­tive play.

Stu­dents are able to ac­cess the In­ter­ac­tive White Board and iPads and are en­cour­aged to set goals each term re­lated to their learn­ing and per­sonal am­bi­tions.

PHOTO: BRAN­DON LIVESAY

HAPPY PREP­PIES: Gayn­dah State School Kindy has a colour­ful learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

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