Curriculum Overview

The Curriculum
Teaching and Learning
Kitchen Garden
Philosophy for Children
Out of School Hours Care
Team Holiday

All children participate in the three strands of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (Physical, Personal and Social Learning, Discipline-based Learning and Interdisciplinary Learning) which are the foundation of our curriculum. We have Philosophy for Children Program tying in to all these areas to enhance our children’s ability to connect to others. The school maintains a strong focus on Visual and Performing Arts and Creating a Positive School Environment (CAPSE) are firmly established in the curriculum. Each program undergoes an annual (minor) and triennial (major) review.

The diverse curriculum includes: private music tuition, choir, camps and excursions, swimming, lunchtime activities, out of school hours sports, transition programs, social skills program for Prep-Six, Grade Six Leadership program, public speaking, assemblies and whole school events,  academic challenges. A Before and After School Care Program provides casual and regular childcare and offers a comprehensive range of activities.

The school is committed to maintaining an emphasis on a high standard of teaching and learning, fostering innovative, well-researched approaches to teaching and supporting the professional development of all staff. The school has a wonderful team of teachers combining experience and enthusiasm and who are dedicated to teaching, learning and the well-being of all school community members.

The specialist team, including Visual and Performing Arts, and Librarian, contribute very profitably to the school by supporting classroom topics and themes and developing whole school special events. Our non-teaching staff provide an excellent layer of support to individuals, groups and class programs. The school office is very capably and competently organised by the Business Manager in conjunction with our Administration Officer.

In 2011 we leased 90 laptop computers to be used across the school so that every class in the school will have access to the latest computer technology. With technology at our fingertips, our classes are no longer ‘content’ driven. We give children a framework in which to learn, and support them to set their own learning goals through exploration and engagement.

Victorian Essential Learning Standards

The focus on essential learning skills such as literacy and numeracy skills are more important than ever. The ways we teach children to achieve these foundation skills are ever evolving and adapted to individual children at the different stages of their learning.

At SKiPPS we have experienced teaching staff who have a real focus on building various learning relationships and relational trust with every child. Through flexible learning spaces and class composition we are able to achieve teaching and learning that caters for every child.

Our students learn in different ways regardless of age and as educators we need to cater for a range of interests and abilities.Students are guided to make choices and are taught how to take responsibility for their own learning. Growth is determined in stages of development and not magically by ages.

In term four, our school staff organises learning groups/classes for the following school year using our Transition program as a guide. The configuration of these classes depends on a number of factors including anticipated enrolments, number of classes available, DEECD guide for numbers of students in each class, resources, personnel and anticipated programs. Possible configurations are determined by staff and presented to the School Council. This year's school organisation, as in the past, will have multi-aged classes in line with our Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS).

The Victorian Essential Learning Standards are arranged in six standards (progressions) that provide concepts and skill attainment levels from Prep to Year Ten. These Standards contain 17 Domains (subjects) our children work within. The VELS provide a set of state-wide standards for assessment of student achievement at six levels. These VELS levels are broadly related to the school year levels as set out in the table below. Although students do not all progress at the same rate, typically students will achieve the standards by the end of the relevant school year level. Our VELS curriculum can be found in more detail on the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood website: www.education.vic.gov.au

VELS Level 1 2 3 4 5 6
School Level Prep Yr 1 & 2 Yr 3 & 4 Yr 5 & 6 Yr 7 & 8 Yr 9 & 10