Preschool Room Program

Our Preschool room caterers for children aged between 3-5 years. Our program in this room develops the children socially and academically in preparation for kindergarten. Our program includes mathematics and problem solving, music, expressive art and craft, science and discovery, health and nutrition, literacy and writing.

We recognise the importance of each child developing their own sense of identity within the context of their families, Chilverleigh and the wider community. We work with the children in a holistic way nurturing and supporting social relationships and friendships with other children within the group. We aim to build your child’s skills, knowledge and self esteem so they can transition to kindergarten with confidence.

Our program is based on the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)(2009) and it covers the following curriculum areas.

MATHEMATICS AND PROBLEM SOLVING

  1. Number sense: counting numbers 1-20 or higher depending on child’s skills
  2. What numbers mean
  3. Simple addition and subtraction
  4. Colours – Primary and Secondary
  5. Shapes – Basic to advanced
  6. Mathematic Concepts – empty/full, similar/different
  7. Matching, sorting, ordering and seriation, classifying
  8. Measurement, time and money

MUSIC, MOVEMENT AND DRAMA (DRAMATIC PLAY)

  1. Sounds of music
  2. Instruments
  3. Movement to music
  4. Nursery Rhymes
  5. Listening to various music types e.g. jazz, classical, ethnic music
  6. Songs
  7. Spontaneously engage in dramatic play
  8. Structured drama activity, act out stories, engage in role playing

EXPRESSIVE ART AND CRAFT

Daily art and craft sessions in conjunction with children’s interests, themes and observation.

BLOCKS AND CONSTRUCTION

Block play teaches children about gravity, stability, balance and weight – as well as offering experiences in trial and error, inductive thinking and discovery!

  1. Various types of blocks – wooden blocks, duplo, lego
  2. Construction from materials – cardboard boxes, pipes, yoghurt containers etc.

COMPUTERS

Letterland (phonics) program is provided in conjunction with mathematics and science software programs.

SCIENCE AND DISCOVERY

The science curriculum in particular is often dictated by the children’s emerging interests.

  1. Plants – care of plants, environment, life cycles
  2. Our body
  3. Reflections
  4. Transport
  5. Magnets
  6. Sink and Float
  7. Solar Systems
  8. Fire Fighter visit – awareness of fire and what to do in a fire
  9. Police visit – Stranger/Danger
  10. Water Safety – Cherrybrook pool – water safety awareness talk
  11. Road Safety – road and car safety
  12. Sun Smart – being aware of slip, slop, slap
  13. 5 Senses
  14. Textures
  15. Weather: wind, rain, sun
  16. Seasons: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
  17. Energy: saving energy
  18. The Ocean
  19. Exploring water
  20. Natural disasters
  21. Animals – care of animals – our pets
  22. Farm Animals – Kindy Farm
  23. Reptiles and Insects
  24. Australian animals – mammals

HEALTH AND NUTRITION

  1. Healthy eating – Healthy Food Pyramid
  2. Dental Procedures
  3. Hygiene
  4. Exercise – Kindy yoga – various types of exercise

LITERACY AND WRITING

  1. Phonological awareness: Letterland Program (phonetic program)
  2. Poetry
  3. Finger Rhymes
  4. Comprehension
  5. Speaking (News)
  6. Listening (News)
  7. Reading
  8. Concepts of print
  9. Writing

GROUP TIME

Pre-programmed daily age group sessions, created from interests, observations and age appropriate development.

SENSE OF IDENTITY AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

  1. Friends/Friendships
  2. Our emotions
  3. Our family – multicultural wall incorporating family photos
  4. Family participation e.g. pictures of your home, cultural traditions at home, share a family heirloom
  5. Being responsible for self care

CULTURAL IDENTITY

  1. Aboriginals: art and culture
  2. Australia – states
  3. Flags around the world
  4. Dances from around the world
  5. Anti Bias approach: recognizing existing bias, discrimination and injustice throughout the year
  6. Multiculturalism – including all cultures: different cultures within the room, different ethnic backgrounds
  7. Chinese New Year

PHYSICAL WELLBEING AND MOTOR SKILLS

Outdoor pre-programmed activities based on interests and needs of the children

DOCUMENTATION

At Chilverleigh we believe in keeping you informed of your child’s progress. We provide half yearly and yearly reports which outline your child’s individual social and academic achievements which are linked to the EYLF outcomes. At the end of the year you receive a comprehensive portfolio which contains your child’s key development milestones. It includes observations of your child as an individual and as part of the group. There are examples of your child’s artwork and photographs and anecdotal records of your child’s special moments.

We understand the powerful role creativity plays in developing self expression and throughout the year your child will bring home examples of their individual artwork. In addition our experienced educators keep a daily record of the room’s activities for you to review when you pickup your child. There is also a photographic slideshow depicting your child’s day at Chilverleigh.