Differentiation

We really value the mixed-age Kindergarten learning environment; however, we recognise our children are at different stages so we adapt our approach to ensure that all children’s needs are met.

Early Years: At this stage of children’s development, learning happens naturally through imitation, interactions, play and practical activities rather than formal instruction. The young child learns with all the senses enjoying experiences in the moment and a rich world of the imagination. We therefore provide lots of opportunities for movement and exploration, a rich sensory environment, responsive interactions and engaging hands-on activities. Children’s first-hand experiences indoors and outside develop their understanding of the world around them and give them the opportunity to learn many practical skills. Daily storytelling, singing together and interactions with adults and friends build the children’s vocabulary and imagination laying the foundations for later literacy. Opportunities for mathematical thinking and problem-solving arise naturally in their play and in teacher-led activities. Staff support children to develop social skills and empathy for others. Staff take a positive and creative approach to managing children’s behaviour.

5 to 6-year olds: The older children in Kindergarten have more developed self-awareness, memory and recall; They can sustain their attention over time and are developing the ability to plan, make connections and evaluate. In recognition of this, our educational approach changes to include more abstract concepts, more discussion and instruction, and targeted activities planned to incorporate meaningful use of text and numbers. Children develop stamina, confidence and a wider understanding of the world around them through regular outings. Projects sustained over time along with special ring times, stories and responsibilities give the older children opportunities to develop the skills they will need for their next step in education.

Differentiation