Early Years: F – 2 Curriculum

At East Preston Islamic College, we aim to provide your child with a safe, nurturing environment in which to make new friends, discover the world around them and explore the endless possibilities that come from independent, collaborative and whole class activities. We provide a strong emphasis on the literacy and numeracy skills that form the foundation for their future and our teachers are committed to giving your child a caring and positive experience at school as they begin their journey of lifelong learning. In partnership with parents we are delighted to guide each child as they grow into all that Allah has called them to be.

Our curriculum nurtures your child’s natural curiosity. It encourages exploration and discovery in a supportive, enriching, multi-sensory learning environment. Your child will thrive when given opportunities to engage in hands on learning that provides opportunities for movement and space; they love to construct, investigate, experiment and question. Through inquiry based learning, our teachers guide your child to discover and explore new concepts. We are dedicated to tailoring our teaching methods to support how your child will learn best.

Literacy and Numeracy skills play a pivotal role in the early years for a student as part of the school curriculum.

Early Years English Program

East Preston Islamic College uses the frameworks of the Australian Curriculum. This is centred around a regular literacy block where children participate in reading and writing activities. Reading is based on whole class and small group work, with the children being involved in modelled reading, explicit reading instruction during group guided reading sessions in Prep to Year 2. All students have independent reading opportunities. During writing the students are involved in modelled, shared, guided, interactive and independent writing. The English curriculum is organised into Reading and Viewing, Writing, and Speaking and Listening and is studied through the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Australian Curriculum Standards are embedded into our English curriculum. Children are immersed in and surrounded by language. The premise that language permeates all aspects of curriculum and programs naturally is essential to our program. An approach is followed which allows for the integration of each main aspect of language – listening, speaking, reading and writing.

The learning of spelling is a developmental process. It involves the use of strategies which focus on the features of written language such as spelling patterns, rules and the relationships between words. Children use these strategies in their daily writing as they attempt to spell unknown words. Spelling strategies are taught in groups or class lessons. Spelling is explicitly taught using a variety of strategies including the THRASS strategy. Prep to Year 2 emphasise the use of phonological skills, listening for sounds at the beginning, middle and end of words through the study of word families and rhyming words. Teachers also use techniques and strategies to assist children to make correct choices of letter patterns. They also study homophones, contractions, and plurals. As the children progress, they develop visual strategies to complement their phonological knowledge. At East Preston Islamic College we advocate the use of both phonological awareness and whole language approaches. It is important that spelling is linked to writing for the students to apply their spelling skills in context.

A wide range of published and electronic resources are used to support the English program, including PM Benchmark, Reading Eggs. Oxford Reading Program, readers, guided reading sets, Big Books, Author Study books and Australian Curriculum Documents.

 

Early Years Mathematics Program

At East Preston Islamic College we understand that students learn numeracy skills at different rates and in different ways and teachers use a variety of strategies and materials to present ideas.  Importance is placed on the learning of number facts, accuracy and recall. The school provides opportunities for the children to:

  • Become mathematical problem solvers – as far as possible the problems presented are of relevance to the children and grow naturally out of the children’s environment. Emphasis is placed on the process of working to a solution, rather than just getting the right answer.
  • Learn to communicate mathematically – children are taught the signs, symbols and terms of Mathematics. Practical materials are used at all levels as aids to illustrate and develop concepts and the true understanding of processes.
  • Learn to reason mathematically – making conjectures, gathering information and building an argument to support ideas is fundamental to Mathematics.
  • Become confident – children are encouraged to explore, discover, make guesses and take risks.
  • Realise the importance and relevance of Mathematics in everyday living.

We encourage all children to develop:

  • A good sense of number, including working with money
  • An understanding of space and position in space (shapes, maps, models)
  • An understanding of patterns in space and number to help problem solving and logical thinking
  • The ability to estimate and measure length, area, perimeter, capacity, mass and time
  • Skills to collect, organise, display, interpret and analyse data
  • Skills in applying and using the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • The ability to think deductively and laterally when solving problems.

Mathematical tools, such as iPads, calculators and computers, are used from the earliest years as a learning aid as well as a calculating device. All children in the primary section have access to these tools. A wide range of published and electronic resources are used to support the Mathematics program, including Maths Plus, Mathletics and Australian Curriculum Documents.

Early Years Inquiry Learning Program – History, Science and Geography

East Preston Islamic College has adopted the Kath Murdoch approach to Inquiry Learning.  There is a process that each student goes through to gain skills and strategies that will assist them throughout their life.  The process includes;

  • Tuning in – This is about the student identifying what they already know about the topic and what they hope to discover by identifying questions that they want answered.
  • Finding out – This is where the students become active in their own learning by identifying how they will find out the answers to their questions.
  • Sorting out – This is where the students sort through the information that they have discovered and see if it is relevant to their questions.
  • Going Further – Deciding on how the student is going to present the information that they have researched and decide on the format of the presentation.
  • Making Conclusions – What is the main point that the student in relaying about the information that they have researched and does it answer the initial questions that the student had.
  • Taking Action – How have I felt about the Inquiry Process and what have I learnt and do I feel the same about this as I did when I began my inquiry.

When students are involved in the Inquiry Process they demonstrate that they are learners who are interacting with the world in a variety of ways and they find themselves observing, questioning, hypothesising, predicting, investigating, interpreting and communicating interactive experiences like excursions, incursions, experiments, hands on activities and videos.

We are committed to ensure that our students from East Preston Islamic College have every opportunity to develop independence and initiative.

Early Years Specialist Programs include;

  • Visual Arts
  • Arabic as Language Other Than English
  • Islamic Studies
  • Qur’an
  • Physical Education
  • Wellbeing Program
  • Digital Technologies

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss

“It is better to know how to learn than to know.” Dr Seuss