Prep to 9

Prep to 9 Curriculum

During these years we provide a comprehensive curriculum which incorporates the individual academic, physical, social, personal and technological needs of students into their daily learning experiences. Programs cater for the individual learning styles and needs of students, providing them with the opportunity to achieve positive learning outcomes, build on prior knowledge and skills, and experience success.

The curriculum is based on the Victorian Curriculum and covers the domains of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural, Personal and Social Capabilities. Domains are incorporated into Integrated Unit studies. These are based around meaningful and relevant topics to help students develop greater understanding and skills about the world around them. All areas of the curriculum are geared towards supporting our students independence.

Nelson Park School implements a gradual release literacy program which covers reading, writing and viewing.

Specialist teaching programs are offered to students in Visual Arts, Design Technology, Digital Technology, Health and Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Media Arts, Performing Arts and Food Technology.

All classes access a camp during the year. These range from an overnight sleepover to several nights away. Class teachers integrate camp preparation and reflection into classroom programs.

Students also access Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy individually, in small groups or through consultation with the classroom teacher and the family. Specialised strategies for maximising learning for students with Autism are integrated across the curriculum.

The ‘Beginning Right’ Program is implemented for the beginning of each school year. This program is used to establish the culture and environment in each classroom and develop relationships between all class members. Aspects of `Beginning Right’ are revisited at the beginning of each new term. Nelson Park School also understands the importance of transitioning each student within and through the school. Therefore at the end of each year we implement a school wide transition program (Transitioning Right). The school has also developed a set of rules aligned to the school values making the school a safe and secure learning environment.