Curriculum

Meriden Prep School's educational program recognises that although children grow in predictable stages, each child is an individual. Our students are encouraged to help direct their own learning by asking questions and initiating topics for group discussion. Activities are built and planned around the children's interests and experiences, always with the aim of extending their interest to increase their understanding and learning.

The Prep School program balances structure and free choice as well as quiet times. Two types of informal activity are used in the program - developmental play and project work. Developmental play consists of making available a variety of activities from which the children can choose to play, while project work gives children the opportunity to explore and examine a topic or interest area over a period of time. Children work with activities that engage their minds, facilitate co-operative learning and provide interest and stimulus.

Particular attention is given to:

  • Language and communication skills
  • Pre-mathematical skills
  • Science concepts
  • Social skills
  • General knowledge
  • Early literacy skills including pre-reading and pre-writing skills
  • Early numeracy skills

Although formal reading and writing are not taught, an emphasis on oral and written communication helps development in these areas.

Daily Routine

8.45am – 9.45am Developmental play activities / computers
9.45am – 10.00am Language group time / Chapel
10.00am – 10.30am Outdoor play / library
10.30am – 11.00am Morning tea
11.00am – 11.30am Music / movement group time
11.30am – 12.30pm Outdoor play
12.30pm – 1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm – 1.30pm Outdoor play
1.30pm – 2.15pm Rest time (quiet reading and news time in Terms 3 and 4)
2.15pm – 2.45pm Indoor play
2.45pm Day concludes

This routine is flexible and changes during summer and winter months.