iTime at Canterbury is an investigative play-based curriculum. iTime is short for investigation time and it occurs in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2.

iTime is based on the Developmental Learning Curriculum. Classroom teachers create an environment where students are supported and scaffolded to investigate and work with their peers to achieve educational and developmental outcomes. iTime occurs first thing in the morning to spark engagement and excitement for learning during the remainder of the day.

Students are provided learning experiences that encourage problem solving, experimenting and higher order thinking, with activities and resources that are open ended and enhance meaningful play and deep engagement.

These learning experiences are created as ‘stations’ and are designed purposefully to address the curriculum and age appropriate ‘Developmental Domains’. Each station is equipped with a variety of resources and tools for students to access and utilise.

iTime teacher with students
iTime students at ticket desk

Learning stations include:

  • Numeracy
  • Literacy
  • Tinkering
  • Collage
  • Dramatic Play
  • Sensory
  • Science and Nature
  • Reading
  • Construction

The Developmental Domains are strategically designed to assist the teacher in tracking a student’s whole development and supporting them through specific roles allocated to them during iTime.

The Developmental Domains are under the following key areas:




Social relationships
Knowledge of families and communities


Initiative and curiosity
Engagement and persistence
Reasoning and problem solving


Fine motor skills
Gross motor skills
Health status and practices


Listening and understanding
Speaking and communication