Learning in Kindy
Loving Learning is an adventure that begins in Kindergarten
We believe that school at NBCS is the beginning of a wonderful, lifelong adventure into loving learning.
From the very first week, Kindergarten students are engaged in learning activities that help instil our NBCS core values of gratitude, courage, compassion and respect.
Our approach to Kindergarten
A lot of our learning occurs in small groups. Students rotate around activity stations, which include explicit teaching of new concepts with the teacher and consolidation of these ideas at various independent or small group stations.
The strength of this model is that students are able to be grouped according to need and the teacher can tailor their instruction to suit each group as it rotates through.
The small ratio of students to teacher in this model allows each child to be known and the nature of the group consolidation activities fosters relationship and collaboration from a very early stage.
Our Learning framework across K-12 is research based and combines a blend of explicit instruction, guided inquiry, discovery and curiosity. We want the start of a student’s learning journey to be filled with fun and excitement as they learn how to be at school and how to learn with others. We give students the opportunity to make connections, think together and question their world, as they develop skills across the curriculum.
At NBCS we use a multisensory phonics and spelling program to teach the fundamentals of reading, spelling and writing to students in Kindergarten. Each day, students receive instruction that is direct, structured and systematic using visual, auditory and kinesthetic-tactile pathways to enhance memory and help build a solid foundation of letter/sound knowledge. Students are also exposed to rich texts through modelled, guided reading to develop a love of reading and literature.
Committed to Improve Learning
We are committed to improving student learning in all aspects of school life, especially in literacy and numeracy. To help us achieve this we: