The Somerville House Pre-Prep Program will encourage your child to LEAP as they Learn, Engage, Achieve and Play in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment.
The Early Learning Centre provides the first level of a Somerville House Junior School education, and offers a Pre-Prep Program in preparation for the Prep year. The Pre-Prep Program and facilities focus on the educational needs of children and are developed around the latest pedagogy in Pre-Prep learning. Central to the Pre-Prep program are Pre-literacy and pre-numeracy development, and instilling students with a love and curiosity of learning. Somerville House Pre-Prep students are educated by experienced, Bachelor qualified Early Childhood Teachers and supported by Diploma qualified Early Childhood Educators.
The Pre-Prep program is flexible and consists of a broad range of engaging learning experiences such as:
- Promotion and development of social and personal interactions
- Group times focused on pre-literacy and pre-numeracy development
- Indoor and outdoor play based activities
- Gross and fine motor activities incorporating developmental motor screening
- Technology play including early years coding
- Lessons in Music, Visual Art, Christian Education, and Physical Education.
The students will develop personal readiness for formal schooling, they will:
- Learning to skillfully communicate their ideas, feelings and needs
- Acquire skills to make new friends and cooperate with others
- Gain independence and confidence in their abilities
- Learn to persevere and complete tasks.
The Pre-Prep program develops curiosity to enquire, observation to wonder and communication skill to share information. Across the year, students will explore topics such as personal and family identity, environmental care, sustainability, cultural understanding, diversity, indigenous perspectives, mindfulness, relaxation, health and safety and transition to school.
Teachers and students collaborate to plan, think and extend learning through play.
When children are playing they are:
- Learning to represent their ideas in a variety of forms – talking about their thoughts, constructing, painting, building, drawing and taking on roles
- Developing social skills – communicating, caring, negotiating, cooperating and sharing
- Engaging with the perspectives of others as they negotiate roles and solve problems
- Building foundations for early literacy and numeracy through use of symbols, objects and materials
- Accessing and applying knowledge through exploration and re-creation of familiar events
- Acquiring new knowledge about themselves and their world as they play with others and interact with their environment
- Developing their imaginative skills – using flexible and creative thinking in adapting to situations and finding solutions to problems
- Making meaning of their world by exploring a range of community and family roles
- Experimenting and making discoveries in a safe environment
- Working at their own pace and at their own level.