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Ensuring children are well prepared and supported when transitioning to primary school is one of the most crucial stages in their educational journey.
At ACG Strathallan Preschool, our purposefully designed School Readiness programme equips students with the essential knowledge and skills they need for this next step, allowing them to make a seamless and successful move to primary.
The programme allows children to spend part of their day in smaller groups with a dedicated teacher, modelling a classroom environment. Based around our early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki, it concentrates on building core skills such as early literacy and numeracy, independent thinking and problem-solving, while fostering a lifelong love of learning.
“Our team of dedicated and highly qualified Early Childhood teachers strive to recognise, celebrate, and develop the unique qualities and passions of each child in their care,” explains Preschool Manager Angela Lunam. “With the ultimate aim being that every child progresses to school as a confident, inspired and well-equipped learner.”
Exploration and inquiry are at the heart of all activities, and Senior Preschoolers are encouraged to investigate, question, and collaborate within this learning framework. They focus on improving and extending their communication and social skills through practical, fun, and relevant educational opportunities across various curriculum areas.
Parents love the literacy head-start their children receive before starting primary school. Literacy abilities grow through, songs, discussion, writing and drawing, art, and the use of magazines and printed material to help students identify pictures, symbols, and text.
By integrating numeracy into songs and gameplay, we make learning fun and easily accessible. From counting (in English, Chinese and te reo Māori), to making patterns, sorting materials, and basic addition and subtraction, our children understand how to identify numbers and simple mathematical concepts.
Teachers provide a variety of hands-on science experiments and experiences – with our volcano building sessions being a firm favourite. Our young students are exposed to different vocabulary as they discover the wonder of science from a purely explorative approach.
Our teachers provide various physical challenges and activities to help build teamwork, balance, ball skills and encourage individual development. Using the College gym ensures we have access to a range of equipment while offering a safe space to enjoy free-play and more structured sessions.
Music and movement
Our children have regular music and movement classes, supported by a specialist music lesson each week from Primary teacher, Mrs Molyneux. They are always excited to be taught new songs and actions, integrating te reo, Chinese and even sign language, as they enthusiastically play a variety of musical instruments.
Each year we highlight Chinese New Year, Matariki and Diwali. Our teacher Michelle shares classic Chinese stories to help the children understand the significance of the New Year festivities. During the week-long Matariki celebrations, youngsters make traditional Māori crafts, play games, and sing songs in te reo. For Diwali, our teacher Arti draws henna designs for the children as they create rangoli patterns and lanterns and learn about the festival of lights.
Senior Preschoolers are thriving in the engaging, dynamic, and inspirational environment of our School Readiness programme. By providing these next-level educational opportunities, our young students are building a comprehensive foundation of knowledge to pave their way as they move into primary school and beyond.