The Lance Holt School Kindergarten program is play-based and draws on children’s natural wonderment about their world. Young children are curious beings. They want to explore their environment and discover more about themselves and ways of being in the world. The Kindy program focuses on the child’s own world and how they experience it. Children are often asking why and how questions and rather than providing the children with the answers we look to explore the possibilities together.
The learning program is an emergent curriculum that builds upon the interests of children. Topics for study and investigation are captured from the talk of the children and through community or family events, as well as known interests of young children (colour, water, light, shadow), and the school and Fremantle community.
All children have preparedness, potential, curiosity and interest in social interaction, establishing relationships, constructing their learning, and negotiating with everything the environment brings to them. Teachers are deeply aware of children’s potentials (Gandini 1997).
At Kindy we offer an environment where children can wonder, where they can collaborate about their ideas and where they can engage in purposeful investigations. It is a place of possibilities where children can explore and play with friends. It is a place where the children’s opinions and thoughts are valued and where we treat each other with respect.
The Physical Education program at Kindy focuses on the development of Fundamental Movement Skills with our specialist sports teacher. The skills form the basis for individual and team games learnt in later years.
Throughout the year the Kindy class will focus on a number of units of work or projects. Some of these will be teacher initiated, coming from the world around us or from children’s literature. Others will come from the questions, thoughts or interests of the children. The projects may be ongoing over a term, or year or last just a couple of weeks. This will depend on the interest of the children. These units of work allow a great scope for adult–child interaction. The activities and excursions that arise from these extend children’s thinking, questioning and hypothesising. Children realise quickly that their thoughts and opinions are valued.
Learning to be social
The development of social skills is a major focus of our learning throughout the Kindy year. The kindy program aims to provide children with experiences that enhance and build on their personal and interpersonal skills and enable them to participate at different levels as an effective and considerate group member.
Part of the Whole School
The Kindy class is part of the whole school. Each morning the Kindy kids attend school meeting and share news, stories, school made movies and work with the older classes. During morning tea time the Kindy class have supervised play where they are sharing the room or yard with older children.