Infant School, Kindergarten–Grade 1
The academic curriculum in our Infant School is structured around a holistic, inquiry-based approach to learning. Guided by the UWCSEA profile and learning principles, students study:
- Language other than English or EAL
- Physical Education (PE)
In developmentally appropriate ways, students explore concepts and develop their essential understandings in these subject areas through interdisciplinary units of study.
Each student is supported by a teaching team that includes their classroom teacher and teacher assistant. Specialist teachers deliver music, languages and PE. Coaches work with classroom teachers to support Literacy and Digital Literacy.
The learning activities of infant-aged children are interdisciplinary in nature, reflecting their experiences outside of school. While the Infant School learning is intentional and connects to our College curriculum, teachers adjust their plans on a regular basis to ensure students’ backgrounds, interests and learning needs are taken into account.
Some of the academic subject areas covered by the curriuclum are below.
More detail and specialist subject information can be found in:
Dover Campus Infant School overview
East Campus Infant School overview
Students engage in a balanced literacy programme made up of the following components:
- Speaking and Listening
- Language/Word Study
Each of these components is made up of a number of strategies that support children in developing skills and understandings about language.
Starting in K2, students take part in Reading and Writing Workshop. This programme, created by Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, supports children in understanding the writing process and the importance of stamina in becoming a reader or writer. Classrooms are communities of readers and writers who share and celebrate their published work.
Our literacy programme replaces a traditional phonics approach and students learn about spelling by locating patterns and rules across a variety of words. This allows children to inquire into language instead of merely memorise discrete words or groups of words.
Languages other than English/English as an Additional Language
All students have four lessons a week with a specialist teacher in the following languages:
- K1 – Chinese
- K2 – Chinese
- G1 – Chinese, Spanish or EAL (Dover Campus)
Some home language (mother tongue) classes are taught after school in small groups at additional cost.
Young children learn mathematical concepts by engaging in meaningful, practical activities that connect to their daily lives. Our students take part in a variety of activities that support them in moving from the concrete to symbolic level of understanding. In K1 for example, concepts such as addition and subtraction might be modelled and explored with use of concrete materials in practical situations. As children move into Grade 1, these concepts are recorded symbolically with numbers and the plus, minus and equals signs.
Manipulatives such as counters or interlocking cubes are used to introduce and reinforce mathematical concepts in number or pattern. Play and hands on experiences such as cooking are utilised on a regular basis to teach concepts in measurement such as capacity, mass or length.
The development of reasoning, communication and problem solving skills are integrated into our learning engagements and reflected on by students as part of mathematical inquiries.
Units of Study (Science and Humanities)
nfant School students learn about science and humanities through interdisciplinary units of study. These units allow them to explore a topic by applying their knowledge from a variety of subject areas. For example, in a unit on light and sound, students might use their knowledge of graphing skills to make sense of data collected during scientific investigations. The teaching of science and humanities also focuses on the core skills required in undertaking an inquiry. Both research skills and investigation skills are taught through “hands on” experiences and follow up discussion and analysis.