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Prep - what does that look like




From 2017, Prep will become a compulsory year of education. The table below sets out the appropriate age for students entering Prep:​

Prep lays the educational foundation for all students to attain the skills required for success in later schooling. These skills include knowledge and application of language, early literacy and numeracy, sense of self, skills for relating to others, and knowledge of the immediate world.

The Prep year at BrisbaneSDE includes opportunities for your student to learn through:

•       focused teaching and learning
•       real-life situations
•       routines and transitions
•       investigations
•       play.

The Prep materials allow students to explore all the important learnings described in the Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Curriculum Guidelines.

The Prep materials are made up of 20 units of work and each unit takes 2 weeks to complete. Each day is divided into five sessions.

These materials are a blend of print-based and online (digital) resources and materials including picture books and readers, guides for home tutors and activities for students. The learning materials can be provided as a paper based product, they can be accessed digitally through your student’s ‘Virtual Classroom’ (BlackBoard is the platform used by Education Queensland), or they can be accessed through a disc. Prep materials also include a Prep Box full of educational resources needed to complete the units of work. It is delivered at the start of the year and returned at the completion of Prep (Australia based students only).

The Prep day for a student is a combination of following the units of work and attending scheduled lessons online. The following timetable is an example of how your student’s day may be structured. As well as the instruction delivered by the home tutor, the student’s teacher will provide regular scheduled online weekly lessons throughout the year. To begin the year, students can expect one or two 10 – 20 minute lessons per week of individual instruction, which increases to several small group lessons during the year.