Welcome To The Wonderful World Of Preps

In 2023, we have one straight Prep and a Prep / One class. Our teachers are Laura Cole & Todd Broadbent.

Our Prep program at Specimen Hill Primary School is an engaging program that incorporates explicit teaching of Literacy and Numeracy and social development through our Developmental Curriculum and Specialist programs. This is an important year of your child’s learning, and we help them develop important skills that will carry them through the rest of their education and towards life-long learning.

Literacy Program
Each day at Specimen Hill children participate in a 2-hour Literacy Block. This is where the children develop their love of reading through memorable and exciting activities. In the reading block the children do independent reading, shared reading, guided reading, focused group activities and reflection time. The writing block consists of modelled writing, independent writing, teacher led writing conferences and reflection time.

Numeracy Program
The Numeracy program is a fun and engaging program where children learn important numeracy strategies through a range of hands on, musical, and open ended tasks. Children are encouraged to show persistence to have a go and develop their mathematical awareness through exploring concepts and ideas using a range of strategies and resources.

Inquiry Program
Our Inquiry Program supports students to actively investigate questions, issues and ideas about the about the world through Science, Health and the Humanities, including History and Geography. Every term, students focus on a ‘big question’ that addresses these learning areas and are given opportunities to develop the skills needed for critical and creative thinking.

Specialist Program
Our students take part in a range of Specialist Programs each week including Art, Physical Education, Chinese and Music.

Wellbeing Program
Preps participate in Wellbeing sessions each week. This program is based on the Respectful Relationships Program and Berry Street Education Model, which aim to develop children’s social, interpersonal and communication skills, as well as build their resilience and confidence.  It is also supported by everyday classroom practices and school rules and expectations.

Early Years Literacy Program
The Early Years Literacy Program operates at Specimen Hill.  This program focuses on a strategic, balanced and comprehensive approach to Literacy.  The key features of this program are:

  • Focused two hours of literacy per day.
  • A balanced mix of reading, writing, speaking and listening tasks.
  • Regular monitoring of student progress; and
  • Targeted small learning groups
  • Assistance and or extension activities required for some students.


Prospective Preps
At Specimen Hill P.S we offer a Transition Program that allows children and parents to familiarise themselves with the school, staff and students. Please also view our short film clip about our school.
Please see the "New Preps" link.