STAGE 1: (50, 100 AND 150 HOURS)
This stage has a size value of 5, 10 or 15.
At Stage 1, the focus is on the present. Learners learn about themselves through stories, objects and artefacts such as photos and images.
Learners will develop an awareness of a place on a personal, local scale. They are supported to use their senses to explore the tangible characteristics of a significant place such as the sound, smell, feel of significant features, and environmental and human characteristics. Places will range in size from a part of a room or garden to community places.
The idea of a place, its purpose, features and location (a part of the concept of space) are introduced through personal experience and reinforced through the use of multisensory and multi modal texts, images, maps, photos and models. The emphasis in Stage 1 is on the significant places in which they live, and their reaction to them.
At Stage 1, the course focuses on enabling learners to react and engage with and to be socially receptive to others. Learners show emotions when reacting to people and events they experience. They begin to develop an understanding of themselves and their needs. Learners are provided with opportunities to interact with others and develop emotional bonds.
- ‘What is my name and what do I look like?’
- ‘What people are familiar and support me?’
- ‘What objects are familiar to me?’
- ‘What do I experience in this place?
STRAND 1: KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
- who they are and what they look like
- the people in their family
- experience significant events and places
- how stories about them can be communicated, for example in photographs and multimedia.
- experience and react to the sensory elements of a place
- experience the distance and location of familiar places
- experience the purpose of or the special event/s of a space
- react to features and activities of a familiar place
- experience weather and seasons
- experience local area dreaming stories and country/places.
STRAND 2: HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES SKILLS
- recognise personally significant objects from their childhood and from now
- explore a source that describes self or familiar person
- explore objects from the past and present
- experience narratives about a person.
- experience and react to a place and its features
- react to familiar places and activities
- experience places that are important for specific people and related activities
- experience geographical information by using their senses
- react to images or sensory elements which represent preferred personally significant places.
STRAND 3: PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITY
- react to people and express emotions
- identify significant objects and people and make a choice between alternatives to show what they like
- identify significant people by gesturing, vocalising or orienting towards them
- develop ability to focus attention on others and acknowledge their presence
- being supported to interact with others
- interact with another showing cooperation
- experience problems within everyday situations and assist to implement routine and accept assistance from familiar adults to manage problems.