Kindergarten at NBCS

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.

NBCS Kindergarten
NBCS Kindergarten

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.

What Kindy readiness looks like

It is important to determine when your child may be ready to start school and if ready, how best to prepare them for this exciting milestone. At NBCS, the whole child’s development (physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional areas), is considered when deciding if a child is ‘ready for school’.

NBCS Kindergarten

Emotional readiness

Children who are emotionally ready, are able to regulate their emotions and use words rather than actions to describe how they are feeling, particularly when they are upset. They display self-control in most situations.
NBCS Kindergarten

Social Readiness

Children who are socially ready play well with others, inviting them to participate in games and share toys. They can share an adult’s attention with others and follow rules.
NBCS Kindergarten

Language

Children who are ready for school can speak clearly and in full sentences, follow a multiple step instruction and concentrate for the full length of a story being read to them.
NBCS Kindergarten

Cognitive Readiness

Children who are cognitively ready are curious about learning new things. They can count up to 10 objects, notice patterns and letters in the world around them, and identify shapes and colours.
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Physical Readiness

Children should have good spatial awareness and be able to move around competently, without bumping into things. They should be learning to hop, skip and jump and be exploring a variety of writing tools such as textas, crayons and pencils.

Preparing for your child’s first day

We travel alongside families as they make these important decisions and we are on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Our process begins with an informal interview in May/June of the year before your child starts school. Parents and children will be invited to meet with an NBCS staff member so we can get to know your family and to give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about NBCS and starting school. There is also a Kindy readiness assessment during the interview.

Children who are offered a Kindergarten place are invited to return to NBCS in November for two Orientation mornings where the Kindergarten teacher begins building a relationship with them and facilitates friendships amongst the students. Year 6 buddies play a special role on these days and help the new Kindergarten students to sing, create and play.

Parents are invited to hear more about the Kindergarten program during this time, with a specific focus on what to expect in the early weeks. Once again, there is the opportunity for questions to be fielded by NBCS staff so that by the time the school year begins the following February, new families are feeling confident and connected to the NBCS community.

NBCS Kindergarten

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