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Early Years

The Early Years of Tagai State College provides students enrolled in Kindergarten to Year 3 with a supportive learning environment in which they begin to explore and learn.

Tagai State College is committed to every student achieving the essential literacy, numeracy, oral language and health skills fundamental to their development.  To deliver on this commitment, our Early Years Curriculum is founded on the following:

  • Knowledge of early childhood development.
  • Building partnerships with students, families and communities.
  • Establishing flexible learning environments.
  • Creating engaging contexts for learning and skill development.

Tagai State College uses the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline as the Approved Learning Framework for all our Kindergarten programs. Attending Strait Start and Kindy enables children to benefit from quality early learning experiences, by making new friends, improving their social, emotional, speech, language and physical skills and building a connection with the school along the way.

Children can access Strait Start from 12 weeks of age, through to four years of age. In Kindergarten, children must be turning 4 years of age by June 30, in the year that they register. Use the kindy calculator to see when your child can start kindy.

English

At Tagai State College, we prioritise the teaching of reading. We believe that the skill of being able to read underpins all other learning. The Balanced Reading Program at each campus includes modelled reading, shared reading, guided reading and independent reading. Each campus delivers Sound Waves as their systematically taught phonics program. This phonics program is embedded into all aspects of early literacy, enabling our students to have a robust acquisition of phonological awareness.

Tagai State College implements Language for Learning (L4L) units as a component of the English curriculum. Language for Learning units are differentiated for learners of Standard Australian English.

Mathematics

At Tagai State College, our mathematics program is organised around the interaction of three content strands and four proficiency strands linked to the Australian Curriculum. The content strands are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. The proficiency strands are Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning.

We prioritise the teaching of Number within Mathematics as we believe it is important to equip our students with a solid base in Number. For the early years phase of mathematics, we encourage the use of concrete materials to investigate and consolidate mathematical understanding. 

Science 

At Tagai State College, we implement Primary Connections science units to meet the Australian Curriculum. Each year level covers a unit from Biological Science, Chemical Science, Earth and Space Science and Physical Science over the school year.

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Last reviewed 18 February 2021
Last updated 18 February 2021