Early years

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School Improvement Episode 22: Early years literacy and numeracy
School Improvement Episode 22: Early years literacy and numeracy

The Association of Independent Schools New South Wales (AISNSW) has been working with 38 of its schools on a targeted early years program that aims to help students in Kindergarten to Year 2 master key literacy and numeracy skills.

Giving children the best start to school
Giving children the best start to school

Helping Indigenous children get the best start to their formal schooling by modelling the day-to-day running of an early primary classroom is one of the aims of the animated children’s series, Little J & Big Cuz, which is back for its second season.

Making lessons more physically active
Making lessons more physically active

Researchers have assessed the impact of physically active lessons on students’ educational, health and cognition outcomes. They found that implementing physical activity into classroom lessons has a positive impact on some domains.

Researching the impact of digital technology on children
Researching the impact of digital technology on children

The newly established Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child will work on a world-first longitudinal study into the impact of digital technology on children. We speak to the lead researcher about why we need more research in this area.

Rethinking risk-taking in the early years
Rethinking risk-taking in the early years

When we think about encouraging risk-taking in the early years of schooling, what kinds of activities spring to mind? These researchers argue we need to broaden our view.

Musical leaders in the early years
Musical leaders in the early years

How do the personal musical preferences and practices of early childhood educators shape children’s educational and cultural experiences and understandings? Norwegian researchers have identified five informal roles they term ‘musical pathfinders’.

Teaching phonological awareness skills
Teaching phonological awareness skills

How do preschool services support children to develop language and literacy skills and help them get ready for school? A recent study has explored this question and provides some practical literacy activity ideas.

The Research Files Episode 54: Questions during shared book reading in the early years
The Research Files Episode 54: Questions during shared book reading in the early years

A new study examines the types of questions preschool teachers ask during classroom-based shared book reading. It found that they were far too simple for students and didn’t provide the appropriate level of challenge. In today’s podcast, we speak to Dr Tricia Zucker to find out more.

Using data to respond to student needs
Using data to respond to student needs

In today’s article, we find out how leaders and teachers at a Canberra primary school are using a range of data to identify and meet the needs of children from preschool – to great effect.

Teacher resources: Social emotional learning
Teacher resources: Social emotional learning

An animated TV series designed to smooth the transition to school for Indigenous children is proving to be a valuable resource for social emotional learning for all at a school in South Australia.