Our Approach to Learning
At the Hare Krishna School we focus on a whole-schooling approach, where students benefit from a familiar environment starting in Pre-Kindergarten right through to the end of Year 12. This enables students to grow and learn with their peers in small classes with ample support, under the guidance of teachers and support staff who know and can cater to the student's individual need throughout the years. Students do not end up "lost" in the crowd, but are rather recognised for their individual strengths, and given the opportunity to develop and improve their "weaknesses".
In our Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) class students who will be starting school the following year (aged 3-5), get a chance to become familiar with the school environment. They get to know their future teachers, their fellow students, and play in the same playground as the K-2 classes. This gives Pre-K children a chance to learn from the older children, and it gives the older children an opportunity to look out for the younger children.
The focus of this year is developing:
Alphabet and numbers
In the first three years students are divided into two groups within the same building (Kindergarten in one and Years 1-2 in the other). These groups work individually with their class teacher, but come together regularly for activities, excursions and projects. This gives students the opportunity to form friendships with and learn from children slightly older than themselves, and allows the children to become familiar with their future class teacher. In this year they are introduced to the basics of literacy (sounds, blending and reading) and numeracy (numbers from 1-100, basic addition and subtraction), as well as science and technology, history, geography, art/dance/music, and PDHP. The children are also allowed a generous amount of free play and creativity to assist them in their adjustment to school life.
The focus of Year K learning is:
Sharing and caring
In the Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students are still in the same building as in year K, giving a sense of continuity and familiarity. Years 1 and 2 are together in a separate classroom area, and work with their class teacher and teacher's aide. They come together regularly with grade K for activities, excursions and projects. The approach to learning is through themes, which carry across to all different subjects. E.g. if the theme is "transport", this theme is carried through to English, Maths, Science, Geography, Art, etc., and is also reflected in the excursions. These subjects are all taught through the lens of Krishna consciousness.
The focus of Stage 1 learning is:
Willingness to achieve
In Stage 2 (Years 3-4) the children move to a new classroom with a new class teacher. They come together with the Year 5-6 class for creating a yearly Drama performance and attending the school camp. They also play in the same area as Year 5-6 during break times. Because the basics of literacy have been established in previous years, in Stage 2 students progress to independent reading, viewing and responding to familiar and challenging texts and justifying interpretations of ideas, information and events using a range of skills and strategies. They create well-structured imaginative, informative and persuasive texts in terms of topic, purpose, audience and language by drafting, proofreading and editing. They write with increasingly complex sentences, spelling, paragraphing, punctuation and grammatical features. They continue to engage in Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Drama, Music and Visual Arts at the Stage 2 level, alongside Vaishnava Studies. Each subject is taught with the underlying themes of Krsna consciousness integrated wherever possible.
The focus of Stage 2 learning is:
Be a learner
In Stage 3 (Years 5-6) the students progress to a new classroom and a new teacher. They share a common eating and playground area with Years 3-4, acting as role models and leaders for these younger students. Students work alongside the younger students for a yearly drama performance and other projects and excursions.
Stage 3 is all about preparing students for the rigors of High School education. In literacy, students read increasingly detailed literary and factual texts and continue to develop more sophisticated levels of comprehension strategies. Students also advance their ability to compose complex texts that might be persuasive, entertaining or informative. Students continue to develop their knowledge in the areas of Maths, Science, History, Geography, Creative Arts and Personal development, Health and Physical Education. Where possible, literacy is further developed within each of these subjects, as well as problem solving and critical thinking. A strong curriculum of Krsna consciousness and values is explicitly taught and embedded into other learning areas where possible.
The emphasis in this stage is on students becoming more independent as learners, and developing the self-discipline and motivation to understand themselves better and reach their potential.
The focus of Stage 3 learning is:
Care and commitment
Problem solving and critical thinking
The students are provided an easy transition to High School, as they continue on with the same class mates and friends, and usually already know their teachers from the previous years spent at the school.
For more information on the high school please click here.
The focus of this year is learning:
Alphabet and numbers