Kindergarten Curriculum

The Kindergarten Curriculum Guidelines draw on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF, Commonwealth of Australia, 2009) to focus on the Kindergarten year in Western Australia. The curriculum is centred on the belonging, being and becoming. At Ocean Reef much of the curriculum is taught through intentional play. Intentional play differs from free play as the teacher has set up learning activities with a specific learning goal in mind. Sometimes these activities can take place during in the classroom or at recess and lunchtime. The intentional play aim is to develop your child’s social and emotional, cognitive, physical and creative learning, as well as more traditional academic areas.

Reading

Raising a confident reader:
Watching your child become a confident reader and sharing the journey with them is a wonderful experience. A large part of our everyday life depends on reading. Helping your child to read will open their minds to a whole range of topics. There are many ways you can help your child build their confidence and develop strong reading skills every day. One of the easiest and most valuable things you can do at home is to read to your child and show them how much fun you can have when you read.  Discover simple ways to encourage your child’s reading.

For more information on how you can help your child with reading view the resources described below.

Kindergarten to Year 3 – A quick guide to helping your child with reading
Discover simple ways to encourage your child with their reading here

Kindergarten to Year 3: Raising a reader- Helping your child learn to read

Discover more way you can help your child with their reading here

Years 4 to 6 – A quick guide to helping your child with reading
Discover simple ways to encourage your child with their reading here

Years 4 to 6: Raising a reader continues
Download a copy of Raising a reader continues: Years 4 to 6 here

These resources have been produced by the Department of Education and can be found on the Schools and You website.

Spelling

Knowing your A, B, C’s:
Children learn about words through experiences such as reading books and seeing words in and around your home and community. As a parent, you play an important role in shaping how your child feels about spelling. You can help your child gain confidence and skills with letters, words and spelling by playing fun games at home. Discover simple ways to encourage your child with their spelling.

Explore the shapes of letters, and the sounds and words they make with some fun activities for you and your child in the quick guides described below.

Kindergarten to Year 3 – A quick guide to helping your child with writing and spelling
Discover simple ways to encourage your child with their writing and spelling here

Kindergarten to Year 3: At home with spelling – Helping your child learn to spell
Discover little ways you can help your child with their spelling here

These resources have been produced by the Department of Education and can be found on the Schools and You website.

Mathematics

Maths is more than numbers. It also involves shapes, direction, position and measuring.
You can help your child build their confidence and develop strong maths skills by including fun and easy activities into your child’s daily routine. Support from you at home can often make the difference between your child enjoying or being scared of maths at school. Remember – your child is counting on you and the little ‘lessons’ will really add up! Discover simple ways to encourage your child’s understanding of maths.

For more information on how you can help your child with maths view the resources described below.

Paul Swan website – Our staff have been involved in professional learning with Paul Swan and use his resources to teach maths.

Kindergarten to Year 3: Counting on you
This information is for parents/carers of children from Kindergarten to Year 3 to help them as they discover and learn about maths.

Download Kindergarten to Year 3: Counting on you

Kindergarten to Year 3: A quick guide to helping your child with math
Support for parents/carers helping their children with learning maths.

Download Kindergarten to Year 3: A quick guide to helping your child with math

Years 4 to 6 – A quick guide to helping your child with math
Discover simple ways to encourage your child with their maths.

Download Years 4 to 7 – A quick guide to helping your child with math

Science

For more information on how you can help your child with science view the resources described below.

Fun with science Years 4 to 6 Inspiring curiosity in your child. For parents/carers of children in Years 4 to 6. Learn with your child and find out the answers. This booklet has ideas about how to help your child become interested in science and how things happen. It also has some easy and fun experiments to spark the whole family’s interest in science.

http://subiacops.wa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/DT28350-Science_WEB.pdf (download fun with science Years 4-6 Inspiring curiosity in your child)

These resources have been produced by the Department of Education and can be found on the Schools and You website.

Science link https://primaryconnections.org.au/   (visit the Primary Connectons Website)

Link to Scitech   http://www.scitech.org.au/​ (visit the Scitech website)

Western Australian Curriculum

At Ocean Reef we follow a curriculum mandated by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. SCSA is responsible for Kindergarten to Year 12 curriculum, assessment, standards and reporting for all western Australian Schools. WA’s curriculum is based, like all of the states and territories on an Australian Curriculum, it currently encompasses ACARA’s (the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) Australian curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history.

In addition, year-level syllabuses for Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, Technologies and The Arts have been released within WA.

The Western Australian syllabuses remain broadly consistent with the Australian curriculum but have been contextualised to make them more suitable for Western Australian students and teachers.

The achievement standards for Humanities and Social Sciences and Health and Physical Education have been published with Technologies, The Arts and Languages.

In addition to the discrete ‘traditional’ curriculum areas, the Melbourne Declaration identifies essential skills for twenty-first century learners.. It describes individuals who can manage their own wellbeing, relate well to others, make informed decisions about their lives, become citizens who behave with ethical integrity, relate to and communicate across cultures, work for the common good and act with responsibility at local, regional and global levels.

There are seven general capabilities and three cross curriculum priorities that are built into the teaching at Ocean Reef Primary School:

General Capabilities

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) capability
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding
  • Intercultural understanding.

Cross-curriculum priorities:

  • Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability

At Ocean Reef PS, more than 50% of our curriculum time is spent in the areas of literacy and numeracy.

Ocean Reef Primary School’s learning and support programs caters for students ranging from Kindergarten through to Year 6. Specialist teachers are employed in the areas of:

  • Science, including a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
  • Physical Education
  • Digital Technologies
  • Performing Arts.

As a school we use some key resources to support learning:

  • Letter and Sounds assists with phonological awareness and phonics in the early years
  • Words their Way assists with spelling
  • CARS and STARS assists with reading comprehension
  • Stepping Stones assists with mathematics
  • Talk4Writing assists with creative and narrative writing
  • SURFS – Home reading program