Year 2 student Madison Kane.
Year 2 student Madison Kane. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Changing face of education

WARWICK Prep students will next year move from a play-based school program to a system that is similar in structure to that seen in grade one.

Around a dozen parents huddled in the Warwick West State School auditorium last night to be updated on Queensland’s transition from the current curriculum to the Australia-wide version.

The national curriculum, compiled by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority will be gradually introduced into Queensland schools next year.

The ACARA curriculum outlines what the children should be doing during their school hours and for what percentage of the time.

The interpretation of how the children are taught will be left for the individual schools under the new national schools curriculum from 2012.

One of the main areas to be impacted by the changes is the transition of the Prep program to the more structured learning style, which essentially is seen in grade one classrooms now.

For prep students the program includes allocations of around 27% of school hours on English, 18% for Maths, 2% for History, 8% for Physical Education and 4% for Science.

The transition for young children in the new Prep program is supposed to be made easier with the introduction of the Flying Start Kindergarten program which is being rolled out across many long day care centres and primary schools.

Glennie Heights is set to kick-start its Kindergarten program next year, followed by St Mary’s the year after.

Languages account for five percent of the allocation included in the Prep program but if this amount was unachievable due to lack of available resources the percentage will transfer across to the unallocated time.

Unallocated time, which currently sits at around 28% for Prep, is that in which the school can use for other activities such as excursions.

Queensland’s NAPLAN results have been some of the lowest in recent years and this new program could see those results improve, as the tests will be compiled from the National Curriculum.

The new system means students in years three, five and seven will be tested on things they had learnt in Year One and Two, not just in that year as previously was the case.

Reporting will now be more uniform, with and an A to E grading sytem and clear distinctions between what constitutes each of the grades.

Teachers will receive their first glimpse of the new curriculum in Term 4 of this year.

Parents took to our facebook page yesterday to add some input to the changes to the Prep program.

One person wrote:

“Kids learn when they play, most little kids would probably get bored,” she said.

“Teachers will have their hands full I reckon if they had a whole class of little kids trying to keep still until they get use to it.

“But it could still with the right balance of learning and fun, maybe even make it easier for the kids learning as they get older.”

Another comment simply read “That’s a bit rough”.

What do you think? Call Kerri on 4660 1315 or email


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