EARLY YEARS CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
Kindergarten (KG1 and KG2) to Foundation (Ages 3 to 5)
Our Early Years education draws on the best global research and practice of how young children develop and learn most effectively. Central to our work is the Early Years Learning Framework for Australia, ‘Belonging, Being and Becoming’ which is closely related to the English Early Years Framework. In Early Years, children are guided to ‘Learn through Play’, creating a positive attitude towards learning and developing children's abilities and talents.
Play is a context for learning that:
- Allows for the expression of personality and uniqueness
- Enhances dispositions such as curiosity and creativity
- Enables children to make connections between prior experiences and new learning
- Assists children to develop relationships and concepts
- Stimulates a sense of wellbeing.
Early Years focuses on improving children's social skills, listening skills, questioning skills, gross and fine motor skills, eye/hand coordination, learning to be part of a group, creativity, learning that print holds the message and early numeric skills. Learning takes place within a thematic framework; themes are selected regularly, maintaining children’s interest and placing learning within a real world context with which children become quickly familiar.
The Early Years curriculum outcomes are:
- Have a strong sense of identity
- Are connected with and contribute to their world
- Have a strong sense of wellbeing
- Are confident and involved learners
- Are effective communicators.
Our Early Years team carefully assesses each child and plans activities so that all children are intentionally taught to achieve these outcomes through their play. All the classrooms offer a bright learning environment, with a wide range of resources. The students also take part in Music, Art, Physical Education and visits to the Junior Library and language activities.
It is vitally important to our approach that Early Years education is not just about preparing children for later learning. At the Multinational Schools we want our children to experience the joy of these precious years. In fact, we know that their enjoyment is essential to their successful Belonging, Being and Becoming.