TKIS The Kooralbyn International School

The 'Early Years' of TKIS PREP-PRIMARY are Prep to Grade 1.

These years are characterised by a fixed 'Play-Based' curriculum offering six of the eight Core Learning Areas of the QSA (Qld Studies Authority) namely...

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • The Arts [Art, Music, Drama, Movement]
  • HPE
  • SOSE (Studies of Society & Environment, which in the Australian Curriculum has been replaced by separate subjects... History and Geography.)

To these we add a range of what we believe are valuable 'support' and 'life' subjects...

  • Introduction to Phonics
  • Literacy
  • Maths Support
  • Sport
  • FOCUS for our 'Early Years' of Primary School ::

    The focuses for our Early Years are...

    • to establish the basics of the core knowledge areas required in Middle Primary School
    • to build a platform for success and confidence at every step
    • to develop curiosity, a thirst for knowledge and a stimulation of the senses
    • to encourage and enjoy the process of discovery and learning
    • to enhance communication skills and excite the imagination
    • to guide the physical, emotional and intellectual development of every student and
    • to establish the 'habit' of opening our minds and being the best that we can be


    'Early Learning Years' Class Sizes and Orientation ::

    No class at TKIS Primary School should exceed 24 students. (In practice we usually manage to achieve considerably better than this.)

    Actual structure of the classes will change from year to year to best accommodate enrolment numbers.

    TKIS PREP-PRIMARY employs a 'Mixed-Age, Developmental Level Based' structure where students of two or more years age difference are grouped together. This model is usually referred to as 'Composite Classes'. The purpose of this strategy (which is used around the world in Montessori and other successful programs) is to allow younger children the stimulation of older children, who in turn benefit from acting as role models and leaders. One of the best assessment items ever devised, is the requirement to teach something to others.

    Students tend to stay in the same class for two or three years (as they complete the curriculum requirements of their age group). This provides additional stability and a strong sense of community within each group.

    Where possible in non-academic subjects, the 'Early Learning Years' classes are integrated into 'whole school' experiences, so that our students become familiar with socialising with older (and younger) students to develop a sense of 'school'.

    Early Years @ TKIS Philosophy:

    Though Kooralbyn is a school with high standards and high expectations of its students, our Early Learning Years are designed to be a warm, caring, safe introduction to schooling. As such, the expectations of self-discipline and dress standards are more relaxed than those of the Junior and Upper Primary. Never-the-less, our Early-Years teachers and support staff work tirelessly to achieve the perception of high expectations among our Prep and Year 1 students.

    Ph +61 7 5544 5500 Fax: +61 7 5544 6108 ADDRESS: TKIS, Ogilvie Place, Kooralbyn, QLD 4285, AUSTRALIA
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