Class 1 at Mumbulla School is such an exciting year. For the first time the children are sitting at their desks for part of each day becoming absorbed in the experience of more formal learning.
Our syllabus carefully covers the Board of Studies 6 Key Learning Areas (KLAs) while achieving outcomes in an artistic and enriching way that engages the children’s enthusiasm, feelings and imagination.
The Class 1 children are taught to write their letters through imaginative stories and then, through their own writing, taught to read. The school day is filled with meaningful activities that appeal to six and seven year olds and is interwoven with archetypal stories from the world’s oral traditions, stories that nurture the children’s sense of wholeness and goodness.
The Class One day has a strong rhythm and starts with Circle games, songs, movement, recorder playing and verses. After a sociable news sharing, song singing fruit-break, the day’s main work begins. This is called the Main Lesson which is an integrated thematic block of work that runs for 3-4 weeks. The day’s longest break takes place after Main Lesson and is followed by the middle or practice sessions when we practise what has been learnt in previous Main Lessons. This is also the time we have French, Craft and Library, painting, wax modelling and nature walks. Our afternoons are usually dedicated to imaginative play and our day finishes with a story and a goodbye verse.