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 an explicit phonics program called ‘Get Reading Right’ to teach the fundamentals of reading, spelling and writing to students in Kindergarten. Each day, students receive thirty minutes of direct instruction to help build a solid foundation of letter/sound knowledge.