Year Prep


Programs We Run at Parktone - Prep



For five sessions per week the students participate in Reading Groups. These focus on a particular Victorian Curriculum outcome from the Prep curriculum. Students cycle through rotational activities that include:

-          Guided Reading with the teacher

-          Reading to a parent helper

-          Reading and phonics activities 

-          Computer based reading and phonics games


Smart Words Spelling

We stream the students for Smart Words four times a week, which is our spelling program. The Smart Words class is split into 4 groups, each working at a different level, which is represented by a letter (e.g. Group P, Group D etc.) Smart words is a 4 day rotational program, with each group cycling through Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, & Day 4 of their levels



Lessons are 50 minutes. The structure of lesson is 10 - 15 minutes of explicit teaching, 20 - 30 minutes of independent work, and 5-10 minutes of reflective practice.


We study writing in 5 week blocks focusing on one genre and text type at a time. Over the 5 weeks of writing we follow this process: 


Week 1 – Content Creation
Week 2- Writing Process 
Week 3 – Content Creation 
Week 4 - Writing Process 
Week 5 – Publish & Celebrate


Content Creation weeks are where we pull apart the genre and text type studied, and explicitly teach the language features, structural elements, and linguistic devices specific to the text type.


Writing Process weeks are where the students have a go at putting the language features, structural elements, and  devices that they have learnt about into their own piece of work.



Handwriting is prescribed on the Victorian Curriculum. Students in Prep complete guided handwriting tasks for approximately 30 mins per week. 



Mathematics Lessons

Each class at Parktone will complete five Mathematics lessons per week. These lessons are 50 minutes in duration and follow a specific instructional model. They begin with a short tune-in activity or number based game, followed by an explanation of the learning intention and explicit teaching of relevant mathematical concepts as detailed by the Victorian Curriculum. Learning activities are hands-on and student focused, based on real-life maths rather than worksheets, and include independent work, or work in like or mixed ability groups. Throughout learning activities students put what they have been taught through the explicit teaching into practise. Lessons are concluded with some reflective practise, where students reflect upon their learning throughout the lesson, share any misconceptions, and discuss how the learning intention has been met.


Science , ICT & Humanities

Each lesson is 50 minutes in duration and students will complete one of each of these sessions per week. These lessons are planned in teams to meet the outcomes outlined in Victorian Curriculum.