Building collaborative partnerships with the primary school and the kindergarten provides an effective transition from early childhood setting to formal school.
Every year some of our Kindergarten children begin their primary education at St. Simon’s the Apostle Primary School.
We invited some Foundation children from St Simon’s who attended Aurora (formerly Kool Kidz on Taylors) last year to visit our Kindergarten.
On Tuesday 12th September five Foundation students visited us with the Student Services Leader and the Teacher Aide. As it was a rainy day, the Foundation children enjoyed their little walk from school to the kindergarten with their umbrellas and rain coats on.
We sat on the mat together and introduced ourselves to each other. Then Willow Walkers sang ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ in English and in Mandarin to welcome the Foundation students. Afterwards in pairs, the Foundation and Kindergarten children worked collaboratively to create a structure – joining clay and straws together. The kindergarten children then presented the creation to their partners as a gift. Then, in small groups the children and the educators engaged in learning experiences in the kindergarten room. The Foundation students shared their school experiences with the kindergarten children.