We use a whole-school approach to Literacy. Conducting an effective daily Literacy block, where students are learning in the areas of Reading, Speaking and Listening, and Writing, is a high priority throughout our school. We believe that focussed, explicit teaching, and holding high expectations for all students promotes optimal learning growth. Teachers use a range of evidence-based teaching approaches and monitor learning at every step of the journey so that all students have the opportunity achieve their best. Our teachers use the Victorian Curriculum and ongoing assessments to tailor lessons to meet their students’ needs.
We challenge students to:
- Strive to achieve the success criteria for individual lessons, and to achieve their personal literacy goals
- Develop depth and breadth in their reading ability, read with accuracy and fluency, and apply a range of comprehension strategies to their reading
- Transfer skills learned in Writing lessons to develop increasingly complex, effective and coherent texts
- Value literacy in their daily lives
- Express confidence in their literacy abilities
As well as regular classroom instruction, we provide intervention for students needing extra support in Literacy. Our Intervention program caters for individual or small groups of students who receive extra literacy lessons at their point of need with the aim of accelerating their learning.
Home-school partnerships are vital in Literacy learning. We strive to achieve these partnerships through continuing to develop our culture of reading, home reading and reading journals, use of the Reading Eggs program both at school and home, and participation in Literacy-based activities such as Book Week. We also like to celebrate our students’ successes through sharing their work via newsletters, and through student learning journals on Seesaw.
We use a whole school approach to Numeracy, where high expectations and structured, explicit teaching have a significant impact on student achievement.
The Mathematics Curriculum provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, and Statistics & Probability. Our teachers focus on developing increasingly sophisticated mathematical understanding as our students move through the developmental levels. The skills in these content areas are applied through the proficiencies of Fluency, Understanding, Reasoning and Problem Solving. Students are constantly challenged to transfer their learning to become problem solvers and active mathematicians.
Our teachers structure lessons based on a whole-part-whole approach. Teachers model and teach strategies explicitly. This is followed by students working independently or with the teacher to practise the mathematical strategies that have been explicitly taught. All students enhance their achievement when learning through doing, and hands-on materials are actively used across the school. As with Literacy, students are monitored closely in Numeracy lessons, so that teachers are constantly assessing and using these assessments to plan for future learning.
Science, Environment and Cooking
As a part of our diverse curriculum, we run a weekly science program for all students. This program explores all areas of the Science curriculum through conducting hands-on experiments.
We also engage in a gardening program, where students are able to plant, grow and harvest fruits and vegetables. Students enjoy being able to eat food they have grown themselves in the school yard! Our students also participate in a regular School Pride program, where they tend to the school grounds and tidy up leaf litter, pull out weeds, and water the gardens. The aim of this program is to develop students’ agricultural and horticultural skills. Further to this is the intention to instil pride in our school, and for students to understand the importance of taking care of our environment.
Each week, we run cooking classes culminating in the entire school sitting down to each lunch together. These sessions are highly enjoyed by all students, and involve following recipes that students are able to replicate at home. These sessions also allow students to use their understanding of a variety of mathematical concepts, such as measurement, fractions, and time; as well as their Literacy skills in reading recipes and understanding the structure of a recipe (instructional) text type.
We conduct our successful Arts program weekly. Our comprehensive visual arts program has produced many of the decorations around the school. Students are engaged in a variety of visual arts mediums, including both traditional and digital forms of art. They also regularly engage in other forms of The Arts, including media, drama and dance. We also participate in the annual School Art Exhibition at the Royal Geelong Show.
P.E. and Health
Our physical education program is a positive experience for students to be active and aware of the importance of health and everyday activity.
Students participate in fitness activities focusing on speed, strength, endurance and maintaining a positive frame of mind to exceed personal goals. These activities aim to further build and refine students’ gross and fine motor skills. Students also compete in sport activities that are focused on teamwork, sportsmanship and specific skills.
We offer a swimming program and compete in cluster school sports days, athletics days and cross country.
STEM / Design & Technology
Students engage in a fortnightly session exploring STEM and Design & Technology. Students are able to use their problem-solving, analytical and creative skills to design and create objects in response to a brief. They are able to develop and deepen their understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through participating in this program.
We participate in Inquiry sessions three times a week, following the MAPPEN Inquiry program. Students are able to engage with a range of topics relating to the world around them through participating in exciting learning experiences.
Our students participate in an exciting French program. Students participate in engaging and structured lessons fortnightly.
Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships Program
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships (RRRR) program is conducted weekly. This program includes activities designed for use in schools to develop students’ social, emotional and positive relationship skills. This program covers eight topics of Social and Emotional Learning across all levels: Emotional Literacy; Personal Strengths; Positive Coping; Problem Solving; Stress Management; Help Seeking; Gender and Identity; and Positive Gender Relationships.
The Mobile Area Resource Center (MARC Van) is a small mobile library. It visits our school fortnightly.
The MARC van is filled with picture story books, fictional novels, non-fiction books as well as teacher resources for both students and teachers to borrow.
Camps and Excursions
Camps and excursions form part of our integrated curriculum. All children are involved in several excursions during the year. The senior students are involved in a shared camp with other small schools in the area, which are focused on participation in a rich social environment, building resilience and understanding the positives to working as a team with challenges.