Note: This document contains extracts from a more detailed curriculum, assessment and reporting policy statement prepared by this primary school. These extracts are provided as contextual information, to support viewing the examples of the four interrelated layers within whole-school curriculum planning.
The core purpose of this school as defined in the Strategic Plan is to provide an inclusive, rigorous learning environment that challenges and engages young people to grow as passionate learners. The school seeks to develop motivated, creative and independent learners who demonstrate strong social values and whose leadership, resilience and self-esteem is evident when interacting with the community.
The school provides a comprehensive curriculum with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. The principal is a trained ‘Victorian Early Years of Schooling Literacy’ tutor. She is also a trained Reading Recovery teacher. All the teachers incorporate the varied teaching approaches to literacy in their two hour daily literacy block.
In addition to the comprehensive classroom programs offered in literacy and numeracy, an integrated classroom curriculum program addresses the domains of Science, Humanities/History, Design and Technology, Civics and Citizenship, and Health. These domains are also cross referenced with the literacy program to ensure sufficient time is allocated to address the content. Interdisciplinary, personal and social learning are addressed within these domains and supported by a range of Outdoor Education camps and excursion initiatives. The school is an active participant in district sport competitions as well as providing opportunities for students to participate in instrumental music, choir, guitar and tennis lessons.
Teaching and learning teams across levels ensure scope and sequence and curriculum coverage is monitored across the school. These teaching and learning teams are currently responsible for core curriculum development and delivery in literacy, numeracy and integrated studies including history, design and technology and ICT. Specialist programs from Foundation to Year 6 are delivered for Physical Education, Visual Arts, Language (Indonesian), and MARC Van Library for F –Year 6 students. Supportive curriculum initiatives and programs cover Literacy and Maths through three approaches: Modified ‘Reading Recovery,’ ‘Levelled Literacy Intervention,’ tutoring and specialist teacher intervention programs.
The school has a well-equipped student kitchen that supports the ‘Kitchen Garden’ cooking program for all students.
The leadership group is focused on 4 year inquiry planning cycles and continuous analysis of a range of data around school improvement. At this level there is an integration of long term planning around fiscal management, workforce planning and school structures.
The school is developing a structured approach to curriculum planning that will ensure a shared vision within the school on curriculum development, common documentation and common understanding of the whole-school curriculum by teachers and parents. The data analysed by teachers in their curriculum planning will include a suite of year level assessments including NAPLAN and an analysis of school performance data including student, staff and parent surveys. School Council has an important role in the development of school resources and policies to support continuous school improvement.