Learning Focus

Foundation (PREP)

In Foundation your child will be encouraged to feel secure, confident and connected to their new environment. Emphasis will be placed on wellbeing ensuring that your child has the social and emotional skills to become confident and involved learners, effective communicators and feel that they can contribute to their world.

We focus on achieving the best possible outcome for every Foundation student by basing our teaching practices on the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework. Students will continue discovering the world of Literacy through proven learning methods such as Little Learners Love Literacy (a phonic approach), a strong emphasis on oral literacy and open ended and inquiry based literacy groups. Teachers will promote differentiated learning experiences and ICT will be explored through laptops, tablets, interactive whiteboards and programs such as Reading Eggs.

In numeracy students will continue to explore and have fun with numbers and numeracy concepts through daily Maths games, hands on Numeracy activities using tools such as Numicon and guided teaching groups. In ICT students will use Mathletics and the many interactive resources available.

Year 1

In Year 1 the teaching team continue to foster the wonderful learning that the children experience during their prep year of schooling. Our teachers run a differentiated literacy and numeracy program for all students by incorporating regular Book Club and Monster Maths sessions across Year 1 & Year 2, extending and challenging all the children to push themselves to their next level of learning.

All children in Year 1 have access to new touch screen laptops where they are taught to use both the touch screen and mouse/keyboard equipment and Interactive Whiteboard which are used during most lessons to engage and excite our students.

Year 2

In Year 2 your child will continue on the path to become a successful learner and a creative individual. The teaching team will create opportunities for your child to be an active and global citizen in a 21st century education learning environment. They will be encouraged to interact in pairs, groups and class discussions. Digital Learning is a part of every day, with all curriculum areas using laptops, interactive whiteboards and many others.

In Year 2 classrooms teachers cater for differentiated learning experiences. In literacy, students are encouraged to read and write texts independently, responding to short imaginative and informative texts with familiar ideas and information, predictable structures, and a small amount of unfamiliar vocabulary. This develops their capacity to enter the world of ideas and to extend their knowledge and imagination beyond their immediate community.

In numeracy, students develop basic computational skills, using hands on activities and they will be taught to manipulate concrete materials, which will enhance their mathematical experiences and understandings. Students will be immersed in the inquiry approach to learning, with term topics. Students are given weekly homework tasks and spelling words.

Year 3

In Year 3, children are encouraged and guided to become confident and independent learners. They will be provided with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be successful and positive about their learning journey.

In English, children at Year 3 listen to, read and interpret both written and spoken texts in a variety of ways including both print and digital technologies. Children are guided to become independent readers and confident speakers, who are able to communicate clearly and display appropriate listening behaviours. Writing is integral to all aspects of learning and students study various genres throughout the year.

‘The Seven Steps to Writing Success’ program is an exciting program used to develop our students’ creativity and ability to write in interesting ways.

In Numeracy, children at this level continue to develop their computational and problem solving skills, enabling them to make connections and to show a greater understanding of how Mathematics is present in everyday life.

During each term, children participate in an Inquiry unit, which incorporates Science, History and Geography.

Digital technologies are used in all curriculum areas to engage the students and to enhance their learning.

Year 4

In Year 4, children are encouraged and guided to become confident and independent learners. They are equipped with knowledge, skills and behaviours to be successful and positive about their learning.

In Literacy, children at Year 4 are guided to:

Become confident speakers who are able to communicate clearly and display appropriate listening behaviours, enhanced through the Real Schools Restorative Practices Program.

Become independent readers and expand their reading skills through the BIG 6 program, which focuses on the development of Oral Language, Phonics and Sight Words, Phonological Awareness, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension.

Become expressive and ‘switched on’ writers through the support of the Seven Steps to Writing Success Program.

In Mathematics, children at Year 4 are encouraged to:

Continue to develop their numeracy, measurement, geometry, statistics, probability, computational and problem solving skills, enabling them to make connections and to show a greater understanding of how Mathematics is present in everyday life.

In engaging weekly Sustainability/Science, Digital Learning and History/Geography rotations, children at Year 4 are expanding their general knowledge, building civic and global understandings, learning responsible behaviours and learning about their critical roles in shaping the future.

Year 5

In Year 5 your child will be engaged in: analysing issues, applying critical and creative thinking to complex problems, working collaboratively on inquiry and research investigations, accessing and evaluating information, applying technology effectively and developing initiative and self-direction through authentic projects.

In Literacy, children at Year 5 are guided to:

Become confident speakers who are able to communicate clearly, through different mediums, to different audiences and display appropriate listening behaviours, enhanced through the Real Schools Restorative Practices Program.

Become independent readers and expand their reading skills through the BIG 6 program, which focuses on the development of Oral Language, Phonics and Sight Words, Phonological Awareness, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension.

Become expressive and ‘switched on’ writers through the support of the Seven Steps to Writing Success Program.

In Mathematics, children at Year 5 are encouraged to:

Continue to develop their numeracy, measurement, geometry, statistics, probability, computational and problem solving skills, enabling them to make connections, show a greater understanding of how Mathematics is present in everyday life and learn how to transfer their skills and knowledge to solve real world problems. 

In engaging weekly Sustainability/Science, Digital Learning and History/Geography rotations, children at Year 5 are expanding their general knowledge, building civic and global understandings, learning responsible behaviours and learning about their critical roles in shaping the future.

At Year 5 students are also involved in range of intra and inter sporting team initiatives.

Year 6

In Year 6 your child will be engaged in: analysing issues, applying critical and creative thinking to complex problems, working collaboratively on inquiry and research investigations, accessing and evaluating information, applying technology effectively and developing initiative and self-direction through authentic projects.

In Literacy, children in Year 6 listen to, read and interpret written, spoken and visual texts in a variety of ways including both print and digital technologies. They will continue to develop the skills required to read and write for specific and demanding audiences and purposes. Students communicate through different mediums and oral language and presentations become a large focus.

In Numeracy, children learn how to transfer their skills and knowledge to solve real world problems. They conduct investigations and learn and develop an understanding of the importance of economics.

During each term, children participate in a unit of work, which incorporates Science, History and Geography. Digital technologies are used in all curriculum areas to engage the students and to enhance their learning. Students are also involved in range of sporting teams and student leadership projects throughout Year 6.