Transition to school
We understand that the transition from early childcare education to primary school is a significant step in the life of a young child.
To support our children with their transition to primary school, we have established a Transition to School programme. This is offered to the older children in our centre whānau, which supports their development of the knowledge, understanding and competencies that enable children to make a confident and ultimately more successful transition to school.
Our programme combines a mixture of group sessions, which support children’s acquisition of domain-specific knowledge through engaging in games and activities that encourage understanding and knowledge to support their literacy and numeracy skills.
Social competencies are promoted in all aspects of our Transition to School programme to encourage children’s social skills and their ability to be comfortable in group situations.
An inquiry-based learning programme, which we call Project Work, is offered to children in the Transition to School group on a weekly basis.
This is an uninterrupted time where children are able to explore their shared interests and develop self-directed learning skills through investigating in mini-research type projects that turn children’s curiosity into knowledge and promote a love of lifelong learning.
The children in our project team are encouraged to share their ideas, enquire and research with the support of an educator who facilitates these sessions, using effective teaching strategies to guide and extend children’s thinking and development.
Project work supports the development of children’s working theories and also their social competencies. They gain confidence in sharing their thoughts and ideas and learn to respect the thoughts and ideas of others.
Children are also empowered as learners capable of acquiring new information that is discovered both individually and collaboratively.
Our Transition to School and inquiry-based programmes provide opportunities to support children’s learning around competencies like:
– Following instructions
– Independence / self-help skills
– Concentration and persistence
– Shape and colour recognition
– Social skills – turn-taking, cooperation
– Fine motor skills, familiarity with pencils, pens and other writing equipment
– Communication – talking with each other and to groups, and expressing feelings, thoughts and ideas
– Inquiry skills
– Recognition of their name, and interest in writing their name and letters
– Basic literacy and numeracy skills
– The ability to see themselves as capable, confident learners
– Showing an interest in the new and unknown – developing a thirst for learning
– Developing a curiosity and wonder of the world around them and learning how to look after our environment