Teaching and Learning

Literacy

We use a whole school approach to Literacy. A daily Literacy block, where students are learning in the areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, is a high priority for each classroom, from prep to grade 6. We believe that focussed, explicit teaching and high expectations for all students promote optimal learning for all students.  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 assessment to tailor lessons for their students’ needs.

We challenge students to:

Strive to achieve meet the success criteria for individual lessons and to achieve their personal literacy goals
Develop depth and breadth in their reading ability; to read with accuracy and fluency and to 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 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 our classroom helpers program, literacy days and evening, the Book Fair, newsletter, displays, competitions and of course daily home reading and other literacy homework.

Numeracy

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 this assessment to plan for future learning.

Science, Environment and Cooking
As a part of our diverse curriculum, we run a science program for all students. Each week the science teacher leads the students in exploring science
Each fortnight, we run cooking classes culminating in the entire school sitting down to each lunch together. Along side this we have weekly school pride day where we focus on an agriculture and horticultural program that further fosters the students learning.

L.O.T.E. (French)
Our students participate in an exciting French program.  Students participate in engaging and structured lessons each week, This gives our students a unique opportunity to participate in a fantastic L.O.T.E. program.

The Arts
We are fortunate enough to have a specialist art teacher who instructs the students in a wide range of art projects.
Students have the opportunity to learn musical instruments such as keyboard and all participate in generalist music lessons and singing.Our comprehensive visual arts program has produced many of the decorations around the school.

P.E. and Fitness
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.
They also complete 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.

M.A.R.C Van
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 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 a rich social environment, resilience and the positives to working as a team with challenges.

Our Personal Development Program

Bounce Back is a social and emotional learning program that develops student confidence and resilience. There are 10 components to the Bounce Back program: Core Values, People Bounce Back, Courage, Looking on the Bright Side, Emotions, Relationships, Humour, No Bullying, Success and Elasticity. Students in Grades Prep to 6 take part in weekly lessons within their classrooms. Our school library has a wide variety of texts linked to these topics which students and families are welcome to borrow.