The Reception to Year Two sub-school consists of:
- Early Years Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator and Deputy/R-6 Head of School
- R-6 School Counsellor
- Specialist teachers in the Performing Arts, Culture, History/Geography and Physical Education learning areas.
- Specifically trained School Services Officers
- Reading and Maths Support Teachers
- ATSI support staff
- Support of R-12 Co-ordinators including Arts, Health and PE, Intervention and Support, Literacy and Numeracy
The school vision of all students as active and informed citizens of the future is progressed by our focus on reading, writing and maths automaticity and problem solving.
A balanced reading and writing program is our priority. Explicit teaching including Guided Reading, Jolly Phonics/Grammar program and rigorous data checks (incorporating regular analysis of writing rubrics, running records/Pat R) ensures monitoring of teaching and learning programs and the development of specific intervention programs.
Likewise regular and consistent maths lessons focussing on automaticity of number/number facts and problem solving in conjunction with data checks including consideration of the one minute maths/Pat M, ensures efficiency of teaching and learning and specific intervention programs to build powerful mathematics learners.
Students have numerous opportunities to apply their literacy and numeracy understandings in meaningful ways through science, design and technology, the arts, culture, health and physical education
The ‘Play is the Way’ program with its golden rule: ‘Treat others how you would like to be treated’ forms the basis of our social skills program. This game based program allows students the opportunity to contextually practise and improve their social skills understandings.
Our School Counsellor collaborates with classes, groups and individual students to ensure the Child Protection Curriculum is implemented so all are safe, know how to keep themselves and others safe and how to pursue personal best by bravely stepping into the unknown world of learning.
With reception students all starting on the same day, structures and approaches have been refined to ensure the wide age range and experiences of students is reflected in high quality learning programs. Across the local Pre-Schools and Schools an agreement has been developed for common transition to school program dates and times. This extensive transition allows us to focus on the continuity of learning for these students.
Students love their new world and a less disruptive school year has ensured student learning has benefitted.
Family support is critical for a child’s success at school. This can occur through home support, volunteering, membership of Parent Club and Governing Council.
Students appreciate R-12 opportunities like cooking in Home Ec, sculpting in Art, learning from older students in Science, wonderful events like the Teddy Bears Picnic organised by the Child Studies students and visiting the Ag area to collect eggs and see the animals.
The African proverb ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is evident at KMS where educators and families do their utmost to ensure every student’s learning is rich, relevant and most importantly of all, improving.