Pacific Lutheran College’s early childhood program provides a strong foundation for young learners. The Foundation College, from Kindergarten to Year 2, provides a warm, stimulating and nurturing learning environment.
Pacific’s Foundation College is characterised by:
- Age appropriate, engaging learning activities that are focused on literacy, numeracy and problem solving;
- A learning environment which is based on Christian values, enhances students emotional and physical wellbeing and aims to foster imagination and creativity;
- Strong parent partnerships to support and facilitate each child’s learning and development;
- Dedicated teacher aides for each classroom; and
- Specialist early childhood teachers who engage in collaborative planning across year levels to ensure a seamless transition for students.
Prep: Nurturing and Stimulating Inquiry
This important foundational year builds on learning that has already occurred at home, in the community and at preschool or kindergarten. Pacific Lutheran College’s welcoming, warm environment enables children and parents to develop life long friendships as they come together from a variety of life experiences and backgrounds. Pacific’s Prep program aims to assist each child to make a smooth transition from home or kindergarten to school in a nurturing and supportive environment. In recognition of the importance of maturity and other developmental factors, children will need to turn five by 30th June of their year of entry.
The child-centred program caters for individual needs and interests, through a carefully planned learning environment where the child feels accepted, secure and comfortable. Drawing on the Reggio Emilia approach and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Guidelines (QCAA), the program aims to stimulate each child’s curiosity and development across the Early Learning Years study areas of:
- Creating and designing;
- Investigating and understanding;
- Sense of self and others;
- Social living and learning; and
- Christian Studies.
In Prep, foundations are laid for the development of literacy and numeracy skills and each child is supported to develop these skills at a rate that is appropriate to them. Specialist teaching in Japanese, Health and Physical Education and Music enriches children. These specialist programs assist in the development of gross and fine motor skills and build linkages between the left and right brain, which will support a higher level of performance for the present and the future.
Learning becomes more formalised and structured as the year unfolds, to ensure a smooth transition into Year 1. Parents play a key role in the support of learning within and outside of the classroom.
Years 1-2: Opening Exciting New Worlds Together
This exciting period is characterised by rapid development. Building on learning already attained in Prep, the Year 1-2 students experience a warm, nurturing and stimulating environment. Enthusiastic about learning, new worlds open for children as they begin to explore and develop the foundational skills of human learning. With a strong focus in literacy and numeracy, children also develop knowledge, skills and understanding of Science, Health, SOSE, the Arts and Information Technology including introductory coding. The nationally developed Christian Studies program begins to develop understandings of Christianity as well as laying the foundation for knowledge of other world religions.
At this stage of a child’s learning journey, partnerships with parents are particularly critical. Once formally trained, parents are welcome to assist teachers in the classroom on a rostered basis. Through guidance from teachers, parents are expected to support their child’s development of literacy and numeracy skills through individualised practice at home. To assist this process, parents have the opportunity to be trained to support their children’s development of literacy and numeracy skills through formal courses offered by the College. Regular and detailed reporting to parents also enables them to monitor and support their child’s learning.
Specialists staff in Health and Physical Education, Japanese and Music enrich each child’s learning. Involvement in activities such as sporting carnivals, concerts, excursions, and extra curricular activities further expand the child’s learning opportunities. Linkage with older students and specialist staff in the Middle and Senior College provides opportunities for exploration not often encountered in the Foundation Years.