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What children learn in Pre-primary

Your child’s teacher takes into account their experiences and background to make sure learning programs meet your child’s needs.

What children learn in Pre-primary

Literacy and numeracy are a key focus in Pre-primary. Development of critical and creative thinking skills, social and personal skills, as well as monitoring your child’s physical wellbeing is also extremely important.

The English learning area focuses on developing your child’s listening and speaking skills by engaging them in group discussions, as well as learning about rhymes, letter patterns and sounds. They learn the basic rules of writing, and begin to understand the alphabet and the sounds each letter represents. Reading is also important as it shows your child that stories are about ideas and feelings, and have characters and events.

With the Maths learning area, your child begins to connect number names, numerals and quantities. They learn to count forward and backwards, and begin to understand and solve number problems involving adding, removing, grouping and sharing. They learn about time, patterns and positions, and compare objects using the language of maths (for example, How much and How long).

Your child also develops skills in technology, the arts, science, humanities and social sciences, and languages. Physical activity is also planned for. 


It is important that you continue to reinforce what they learn at school at home. A number of ways you can do this:

  • Read to your child every day
  • encourage your child to draw, write and tell stories
  • practise using numbers together
  • encourage your child to observe things in nature and to ask questions

Talk with your child’s teacher about the school’s homework policy for more details.