The aim of Kindergarten at St Paul's is for children to acquire good social skills, develop confidence in themselves and their ability to learn, master the basics of the English language, and develop good habits, attitudes and values.

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Year 2 (Playgroup)

In Playgroup, two year olds have their first introduction to the English language through the "Whole Language" programme. They gain exposure to English through their class "helper" and Spanish from their teacher. The children do weekly activities in workshops held by a specialist teacher.
The first half of the year focuses on physical theatre while the second half involves various workshops (literature, puppets, science and cookery).
In addition to learning English, the aims of Playgroup are: to acquire social skills, develop gross and fine motor skills, and establish good habits. Groups are purposely kept small and each have a teacher and a "helper" in charge.

Sessions: morning (8:30 to 12:00) or afternoon (12:45 to 16:15)

Years 3 and 4

English is taught using the "Whole Language" programme and by means of dramatizations, games and songs.
The content is taught in projects which are designed to cover all areas of the curriculum, but which allow a focus on a particular subject area.
Weekly workshops are carried out by specialist teachers in the presence of the class teacher. These workshops vary throughout the year, and include literature, art, music and cookery.
Other classes are also taught by specialist teachers on a weekly basis, such as physical education and music.
Computing is also taught from Year 4 with the aim of exposing children to information technology.

Sessions: morning (8:30 to 12:00) or afternoon (12:45 to 16:15)

Year 5

In Year 5, the day is divided into half day Spanish and half day English. In English, the “Whole Language” programme is used, focusing on the grammar and vocabulary necessary for entry to the Primary school. Students perform exercises and activities in a workbook during this time. In the second half of the year, students commence writing with a focus on phonetic words.
In Spanish, children are encouraged to take an interest in literature, reading and writing. They do work in an activity book and undertake a yearlong handwriting project.

Workshops: art and philosophy workshops are carried out weekly, and play workshops, fortnightly.
Special subjects: physical education and computing are taught twice a week, and music, weekly.
Sleep-over for Years 4 and 5: runs from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning. The children take part in games and activities, songs around a bonfire and sleep in the classrooms.

All Day Classes: morning and afternoon (8:30 to 16:15). Half day dedicated to Spanish; half day to English.

Communication and Interaction with Parents:

There is frequent communication with parents. In addition to one-on-one meetings, we have:

  • Group Meetings: before the beginning of the academic year, after the adaptation period, half way through the year, and at the end of the year.
  • Mini Sports and Family Day: occurs on a Saturday, where we share a morning with the whole family.
  • School Plays and "Workshow": where children display their work.
  • Music Lessons: open to parents.
  • Grandparents Day: a day for grandparents to spend time and do activities with their grandchildren.
  • Kinder Show: is carried out in November. This is centered on a particular theme and is an event in which all students take part, dancing and singing in English.
  • End of Year Prize Giving: medals and diplomas are handed out to students who graduate from Year 5.
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