(Early Stage 1)
At William Carey Christian School, Kindergarten is a learning adventure where students are inspired and equipped to be life-long learners, critical thinkers, confident communicators and caring members of the school and global community.
Kindergarten involves meeting lots of new people, learning to be more independent and self-sufficient, discovering new things, interacting with new authorities, becoming a part of a new community and each child establishing his/her own position in the social fabric of the classroom and playground.
Above all, at William Carey Christian School, we offer opportunities for your child to grow in his or her understanding of God and encourage a desire to love and serve Jesus in all areas of life.
“I’m off to Big School: A Smooth Transition to Kindergarten” is a short film produced by WCCS in order to help children as they move from preschool to Kindergarten.
Students in Kindergarten study the following subject areas:
Each class studies the Bible on a daily basis, following a set curriculum. The students learn to pray together and sing Christian songs. Each subject is taught from a Christian perspective in which God and the Lord Jesus Christ will be seen as real, relevant and knowable.
- Reading focuses on enjoying and understanding quality literature, picture books and digital media. It involves the recognition and identification of individual sounds, the ability to perceive a spoken word as a sequence of sounds, ‘sounding out’ of words, reading rate and fluency, and development of comprehension skills.
- Spelling is taught as children learn to read and write. In Kindergarten students learn to: write the sounds that they hear in words; use some common letter patterns, e.g. c-a-t, s-u-n, b-i-g; use their visual memory of words; clap syllables in words; and develop word banks of word families such as bee, see, tree and three.
- In Writing, children learn about the structure and grammar of written language as well as learning to hold a pencil correctly, write interesting sentences and create digital texts.
- Speaking and Listening is an important part of Kindergarten and involves the development of oral language through everyday conversations in the classroom, discussions and group problem solving in all curriculum areas. Students are given opportunities to develop confidence and clarity as they speak in front of their peers.
- The study of Numbers focuses on reading, writing, naming and ordering of numbers, including using and working with money.
- Number operations addresses addition, subtraction, two-dimensional and three-dimensional space, position, working with flat shapes, solid shapes and where something is placed in relation to other things.
- Measurement explores length, weight, area, volume and time.
- Students will learn to make and read Graphs.
- Problem solving involves students using mathematics, reading and thinking skills to develop ways of solving mathematical problems.
History and Geography
- Students investigate personal, family and community histories. In Geography, Kindergarten students locate familiar places on maps and learn how to take care of their local environment.
Science and Technology
- Students develop a sense of wonder and expand their natural curiosity about the world around them through their understanding of, interest in and enthusiasm for Science and Technology. They develop competence and creativity in using the processes of Working Scientifically and Working Technologically in a range of hands-on scientific investigations and design projects.
Creative and Performing Arts
- Visual Arts involves exploring techniques such as painting, printing, creating tone and texture, and sculpting. Often these activities are linked to studies in other areas of the curriculum.
- Music allows Kindergarten students to explore beat and rhythm patterns, to learn the glockenspiel and to sing both Christian and non-Christian songs. Opportunities for extracurricular music tuition on various instruments are available.
Physical Education, Sport and Health
- Sport – provides the opportunity for students to engage in activities that help them learn to work together and as well as developing their gross motor skills. Such skills include balance, spatial awareness, movement and ball skills. Until Year 2, all sporting activity is non-competitive.
- Health covers such areas as rules and safety in the classroom, school and family, hygiene, body parts, cyber safety, road safety and safety at home.