Kindergarten at St Ives

20 August 2021

Kindergarten at St Ives

Social and emotional development is at the heart of the Kindergarten programme at St Ives Preparatory.  Our aim is for boys to be confident, happy, and socially connected.

An emphasis on play ensures boys have multiple opportunities to practise turn-taking, sharing, and negotiating play ideas. It is through these play interactions that boys develop empathy and respect, which in turn positively influences self-esteem and confidence.

Our two spacious Kindergarten classrooms have many things in common, dedicated spaces for playing and learning, extensive class libraries, soft spots to relax with a book and walls filled with the boy’s artworks and ideas. Outside play is an always an adventure in our natural playground. Boys rush to play in favourite spots on the river bed, at the water pump, fossick around the rocks, retreat to quiet spaces or play soccer.

Whilst our boys are similar in many ways, there is no one-size-fits-all in our Kindergarten. Textbooks and commercial worksheets are avoided in favour of carefully designed tasks that allow all boys to learn at their own pace, resulting in a wide range of different products of learning.

In Kindergarten, early reading, writing, and numeracy skills are developed through our specialised and differentiated curriculum. Boys also enjoy lessons in Physical Education, Science, Music, German, Drama and Library lessons, all taught by our creative specialist teachers. We are fortunate to have a full time Kindergarten assistant who provides invaluable support to boys, parents and teachers.

At Grammar we encourage boys to reflect on their learning and gather feedback from a variety of sources. By considering the ideas of others, reflecting on their own growth and being receptive to teacher feedback, our boys become more active in their learning journey and highly engaged with their progress.

Grammar boys are encouraged to view learning as a lifelong journey, instead of a race or a competition. During each learning activity, intrapersonal skills such as motivation and perseverance hold equal importance to the acquisition of skills and knowledge. Boys are continually focused on effort, deep thinking, accepting challenges, taking risks, making mistakes and ‘having a go’. Given the opportunity, our boys rise to the challenge of showing initiative and being independent.

Come and visit Kindergarten at St Ives Preparatory. To make a booking, or to find out more, contact Enrolments on 8302 5200.