Developing 21st Century Skills
Under the Queensland Kindergarten guidelines, we will be focusing on the children developing 21st Century Skills. These skills will be a mainstay in their formal schooling years, and you may find many teachers referring to these as they enter into Prep and beyond. In short, the 21st Century skills focus on what your child will need to succeed along with literacy and numeracy. They focus on areas such as critical and creative thinking, teamwork, communication, social skills as well as using information technology. At Kindergarten level, these skills will be taught both formally and informally as part of the program as we encourage children to use them in their learning through play.
The second area in which we will focus on is STEM; this stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEM is a part of everyday life and an increasing portion of every workplace. STEM education enables students to develop solutions to complex problems and provides with them literacy and capabilities that will assist them to succeed in a world of technological change. As future innovators, educators, researchers and leaders, it is vital that students develop the skills required to compete on a global scale (source https://ww.qcaa.qld.edu.au/p-10/acig/stem).
Our Kindergarten program is a play-based model with the scope for children to pursue areas of interest. Play-based learning in the classroom nourishes every aspect of children's development; it forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical and emotional skills necessary for success in school and life. Play "paves the way for learning".