THE NATURALIST CURRICULUM

Our Naturalist Curriculum is designed to help children become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. Presented as a developmental sequence of learning, it is designed to inform educators, parents and family, and the wider community what children’s expected outcomes will be and what they will be learning.

In each learning area the descriptions identify what children will learn, their expected level of understanding and the knowledge and skills.

 

LANGUAGE & LITERACY:

The use of language and literacy is central to the learning and development. In nature it will assist them to analyse, understand, communicate, and build relationships with others and with the world around them. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed, and active members of society. During their time at Kids Corner Child Care Centre through the embedding of natural materials and nature play experiences, children will:

  • recall events from texts with nature as the topic

  • identify connections between things they read or are told and their personal experiences

  • will listen to and respond to others in the natural environment

  • identify and describe likes and dislikes about nature and the natural world

  • use familiar words and phrases and images to convey ideas about nature

MATHEMATICS & NUMERACY:

Mathematics and nature aim to ensure that children are confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens. By developing an understanding of mathematical concepts children will be able to solve problems. During their time at Kids Corner Child Care Centre through the embedding of natural materials and nature play experiences, children will:

  • make connections between number names, numerals, and quantities of items in nature

  • compare objects using mass, length, and capacity in nature and the natural environment

  • group natural objects based on common characteristics, and sort shapes of natural objects

SCIENCE:

The basis of science in nature is for children to develop an interest as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live. During their time at Kids Corner Child Care Centre through the embedding of natural materials and nature play experiences, children will:

  • describe the properties and behaviour of familiar natural objects

  • suggest how the environment affects them and other living things

  • share and reflect on their observations of the natural environment

  • ask and respond to questions about familiar nature-based objects and events

  • participate in guided nature investigations and make observations using the senses

  • undertake actions for a more sustainable future by exploring and understanding the natural environments.

  • develop knowledge and understanding about sustainability within natural and cultural contexts.

ARTS:

Through engagement in the Arts, children will have the opportunity to engage with nature, to inspire and enrich, to extend their imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. Children will use nature to create, design, represent, communicate, and share their imagined and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations, and experiences. During their time at Kids Corner Child Care Centre through the embedding of natural materials and nature play experiences, children will:

  • describe artworks they make in nature and from nature

  • consider where and why people make artworks using natural products

  • make artworks in different natural forms to express their ideas

  • describe the effect in dance they make in relationship to nature and the natural world

  • use dance to communicates ideas gained from the natural world

  • explore the sounds of nature as they learn to listen to and make music

HEALTH & NUTRITION:

In nature, children will have access to experiential learning, with a curriculum that is relevant, engaging, contemporary, physically active, enjoyable, and developmentally appropriate. With a connection to nature, children will build understanding and skills to support them to be resilient, to develop a strong sense of self, to build and maintain satisfying relationships, to make health-enhancing decisions in relation to their health and physical activity participation, and to develop health literacy competencies in order to enhance their own and others’ health and wellbeing. During their time at Kids Corner Child Care Centre through the embedding of natural materials and nature play experiences, children will:

  • recognise how they are growing and changing and whether this impacts the natural world

  • identify and describe the different emotions people experience related to nature

  • be healthy, safe, and physically active in nature and the natural world

  • participate in play that promotes engagement with outdoor settings and the natural environment

CULTURE & HUMANITIES:

Children will engage to build skills and values related to nature so they can become active and informed citizens.

When the language of the land is spoken, it brings together all the elements of the landscape and its people. It encompasses the relationships of these people with one another and with the landscape, past, present, and future.

The learning of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language and culture facilitates deep engagement with knowledge, ways of being and ways of knowing. It is the beginning required to develop an understanding of historical, current, and ongoing connection to Country/Place and culture. By connecting deeply with nature and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and language we can build a sustainable future for all living things. During their time at Kids Corner Child Care Centre through the embedding of natural materials and nature play experiences, children will:

  • interact with peers, educators and visiting Elders/community members to share information, thoughts, and feelings about the natural world

  • participate in shared tasks and activities that involve following instructions, making things, and cooperating with peers representing the natural world

  • identify with Country/Place and understand connections between Country/Place and individuals and groups and the natural world

  • link some words and sounds to the language and written symbols of Noongar culture

  • recognise that messages about the country and the natural world as told in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages such as Elders’ story-telling or through song, dance, visual design, and signing

  • recognise why some places are special to people or animals

  • suggest ways they can care for a place of cultural or natural significance

 

It is the goal of this curriculum to build skills and knowledge in all children of all ages, families, and educators as well as the wider community, that will enhance their understandings of the world in which they live, its fragility if not cared for and the ongoing issues facing all species. By encouraging children to have empathy and understanding of the world and everything in it, we hope to build citizens who will be the future caretakers of our planet.

Our curriculum links directly with our PLAY ACTIVE POLICY and special service status.