“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats
The Christ – Centred purpose of the Early Years team is to partner with parents and the church in raising and discipling children in a learning environment that develops character and inspires every student to excel in their unique gifts and talents to realise their God intended potential. Our curriculum promotes a sense of God in all things and biblical perspectives are integrated throughout all curriculum areas. Students are encouraged to learn through play, investigations, questioning, hands-on approaches and from their peers.
In the Early Years, students’ literacy is supported by the reading program “I Love Reading”. ILR is a unique literacy program designed to facilitate the rapid learning of reading English.
This program takes the complexity out of the English language and makes decoding words easier and faster by helping early learners to grasp the English language from a young age. For more details see the Reading page.
From the first day students arrive in Prep they have opportunities to express themselves in written form. As they progress towards the end of Grade 2 they will increasingly be able to write a correct sentence, begin to express themselves in paragraphs and create texts for different purposes.
Speaking and Listening
Appropriate speaking and listening skills are practiced throughout Early Years including tone, pace, eye contact, expression, projection etc. Share and Care is a formal opportunity for students to demonstrate and develop their skills.
Mathematics is a key curriculum focus in Early Years. Each year level experiences a range of teaching methods in individual, small group and whole class settings and time is dedicated to allowing students to develop their skills and understanding through investigation of topics using many concrete materials. At Wyndham Christian College, a collaborative approach to mathematics is undertaken. Combining the best practise of several programs to ensure that each child is supported to develop their mathematical knowledge immediately. Focusing on skills such as problem solving, students apply the skills they have learnt in investigations to solve everyday problems.
In Early Years our Integrated topics cover Science, Geography and History. Within these subject students are given opportunities to explore the world around them.
In Science, students develop an awareness of scientific concepts and explore these in practical ways through experiments and investigations. Students are encouraged to discuss, describe, label, classify, communicate and represent their observations and experiences in ways which are meaningful to them. Some of the topics covered are: Weather, Minibeasts, Falling and Flying, Materials Matter and Let’s Make a Move
Specialist Learning Areas
Students will also begin taking classes in Physical Education, Art, Music, Indonesian, ICT, Christian Life and Up & Go.