Early Years: K-2

Welcome to the early years at Richmond Primary School.

There are a number of transition points for students as they move through their school experience. These transition points are linked to neurological developments, social and emotional developments and academic expectations.

Major transition points include:

  1. Kindergarten
  2. Pre-primary – Year 2
  3. Year 3-4
  4. Year 5-6
  5. Year 7-10
  6. Year 11- 12

Kindergarten

Purpose built and located approximately 150m from the main school site the Early Learning Centre at Richmond Primary School provides children with light and airy indoor rooms and beautiful grounds with plenty of open space to run, jump, climb and explore.

The curriculum extends learning in a program which engages curiosity and questioning and encourages exploratory and purposeful play. The program of teaching is taken directly from the Early Years Learning Framework and the West Australian Kindergarten Curriculum.

Highly trained early years educators assess, anticipate and extend children’s learning with a combination of explicit teaching, teacher directed play and free play.

Kindergarten students benefit from a full range of educational experiences such as lessons in music, science, physical education, literacy, numeracy as well as a focus on social and emotional development.

Classes of twenty students have one teacher and one full-time education assistant.

Pre-primary to Year 2

Pre-primary classes are housed either in our Early Learning Centre or on the main site depending on enrolment numbers.

The pre-primary program builds on the Early Years Learning Framework used in kindergarten, melding seamlessly with the West Australian Curriculum and ensuring that the foundational dispositions, knowledge and skills underpinning learning success are well established.

Class teachers and educational assistants differentiate the curriculum and teach English, mathematics, science, history, arts, geography, technologies, health and physical education often using an integrated approach. Teachers provide programs that are appropriately challenging for all students and use a combination of explicit teaching, teacher directed play and free play.

As students move through the early years, visual arts, music, performance art, physical education and Italian are increasingly taught by specialist teachers.  The main school site has specialised spaces including an art room, music room, under cover area for indoor sports and performing arts, a library and multipurpose areas. Students have access to a kitchen garden with regular gardening and cooking lessons.

In pre-primary, students are introduced to elements of compulsory schooling such as our faction system, as well as assemblies and use of the school library and IT facilities.  They also train for and participate in the school sports carnival.

Classes of up to 26 students in pre-primary have one teacher and one full-time education assistant.  In years 1 and 2, classes are generally 24 students with one teacher. Reduced education assistant time in year 1 and 2 is used at the point of need for small group work, usually focussing on literacy and numeracy skills. Specific student needs are further supported by the student services team.