Our Journey
Our Stories

In Early Childhood all services are required to have a learning framework and most services have adopted the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF)to guide their learning programs.  EYLF is a guide that inspires services to develop their own unique learning for their particular service.  At PHPS, it has inspired us to develop a learning tree.  A learning tree that has evolved over time through the journey we had with our children, families, teachers and the community.

Pennant Hills Preschool Learning Tree

Many fun journeys and learning stories make up our learning tree.  Some of the highlights and the ideas behind the activities in our learning tree are: 

The performing arts -

1. Building from Imaginary and role play

2. Dancing – enjoy free and structure movement to express thought & feeling.  Performances – choreograph dance groups.

3. Singing – fun practicing high/low pitch and the scales .  Learning songs, class recitals and performances

4. Music & musical instruments – appreciation of various music styles and instrument types. Simplified music theory – beats, Rhythm, rhymes, notes, melody, pitch, tempo.  Instruments: Percussion, xylophone & keyboard.

2. Drama – Acting games: Charades, characterization, gestures, expression and movement.  Rehearsals & performances – Simplified narrative plays and musicals.

EQ program - Emotional Intelligence/ Character Education/ Body & Mind/ Life skills

1 sharing, turn taking, fairness, co-operation, teamwork, resolving conflicts

2. Manage emotions, develop self-regulation, resilience, self-esteem, initiative, self-control

3. Character Education – responsibility, cooperation, respect, acceptance, honesty, compass-ion, self-discipline, perseverance.  Manners, empathy, caring for others.  Embrace challenges, persevere over setbacks, praise effort, learn from criticism, be inspired by others. Chn’s desire & evaluation of situations – can/cannot do. Optimistic, assertive, tolerant, attentive.

4. Morals, conscience, good n bad, spirituality, yoga, relaxation and rest.

5. Independence skills: Looking after self – belongings, lunches, toileting, asking for help. Listening skills. Pack away, follow routine, rules and instructions. School readiness/transition.

Outdoor Classroom - Knowledge, Thinking, Explore & Discover

(a) Exploring nature – watering garden, planting & harvesting, feeding chicken & collecting eggs, explore wildlife in our garden or from home & beyond,

(b) Sustainability – ECO cubby house, solar media player, vege garden, repair workshop

(c) Outdoor Science experiment – volcano & other chemical reactions,

(d) Incursion – reptile/kindifarm show, inhouse chick hatching program, caring for our chicks over the weekend, show and tell a pet, recreate imaginative landscapes – beach/safari/mountain/sea

(e) Other feature learning area while outdoor - Literacy & Numeracy, EQ, body & mind, Performing arts - rehearsals

Excursions - Knowledge, Thinking, Explore & Discover

(a) Exploring nature – nature parks, trials

(b) Community – library, local heritage museum, primary and high school art gallery, railway, shops, fire station, retirement village concert,

(c) Physical Movement – playgrounds, bike track, soccer, track and field games

Our team welcome all families and students who wish to know more about our program at PHPS to visit us.  Appointments can be made via email: info@phps.org.au  Alternatively, each year in March, our centre open its doors to our local families and we run an information night to display and demonstrate some of the key areas of our program offered at Pennant Hills Preschool.