Teaching & Learning

The Curriculum
Teaching and Learning
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In Prep, students focus on the foundation areas of literacy and numeracy and on socialisation skills.  As students move through the school years, standards are introduced from other areas of the curriculum when they become developmentally appropriate.  We then record student progress according to what students actually know and can demonstrate.  

If you observe students working in a Flexible Learning Space you will rarely see all the students working on the same activity.  Students are provided with teacher-guided choices and encouraged to take more responsibility for their own learning.  In time, the Ultranet (an online learning environment) will support individual student goal setting and greater development of independent and collaborative online learning tasks where teachers, students and parents can all contribute.  

Flexible Learning Spaces will create opportunities for teachers to collaborate, team teach and assess students not only from their ‘home’ class but students of other classes.  Every child will be assigned to a group where the morning role will be taken, direction and information about the day discussed.  A child’s classroom teacher will still be the integral person in your child’s learning, however it is in collaboration with other teachers in the team.   

After due consideration of their educational and social development by their teachers and the Principal children will be assigned to their group with the following considerations:

  • grouping to be mixed in ability
  • special needs of the child
  • class placements in previous years
  • siblings that may or may not wish to be in the same class
  • ability to work with others
  • children they work well with
  • children they interact well with
  • the gender balance in the class
  • Consideration of Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Guidelines.
English / Literacy Mathematics / Numeracy Health LOTE (Italian) Library
Performing Arts Information Technology Visual Arts Physical Education Science
Humanities Design            

English / Literacy

English is taught in all classrooms at St Kilda Park. We use a strategic and comprehensive approach designed to ensure that all children have the best opportunity to experience successful literacy achievement.  Our program incorporates Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.  The four essential elements are a classroom literacy program, extra help for students who need it, professional development for teachers, and opportunities for parent participation.

The classroom program provides for a daily literacy session incorporating learning centres and approaches matched to students’ needs. 

It is recognised that some students will require additional support to ensure literacy success in the early years and assistance is provided through the Reading Recovery program at Grade One level.  It is an early intervention program where identified children have individual, thirty minute sessions daily (for up to 20 weeks) to develop reading and writing skills.

Professional development is continually undertaken by staff in order to develop their skills and deliver quality learning within their classrooms.

Parent participation is an integral component of the program and we welcome opportunities for parents to develop partnerships within the school to ensure successful student literacy.  Teachers conduct informal training of helpers in the classroom prior to sessions.

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Mathematics / Numeracy

The aim of the Mathematics program is to have each child learn mathematical skills to enable them to become numerate.  Numeracy is the ability to use maths skills and understandings.

People use mathematical skills on a daily basis without realising it: cooking, shopping, telling the time, travelling to and from home etc. It does not just involve computations.  In the classroom there is a huge emphasis placed on estimating and explaining how an answer or solution is achieved. he process of finding this solution is just as important as getting the answer.  Watching how children ‘work things out’ informs what the teacher does next.

Each class teacher assesses children in Prep to Grade 2 at the beginning of the year using an oral assessment of the children’s knowledge and understandings.  This enables the teacher to ascertain what the child already knows and how they work out answers.  Children are then placed in fluid ability groups, which vary according to individual needs.

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Health

Health is taught using an integrated approach with other curriculum areas including Humanities, the Arts, Science and Technology. Students explore a range of topics which focus on the development of self esteem, both physical and mental health, safety and the promotion of social skills.

Language Other Than English- Italian

The Italian program at St Kilda Park is divided into two components, cultural and linguistic. Each class attends a weekly lesson with our Italian teacher.

Italian culture is studied in all year levels.  The cultural theme is explored and celebrated throughout the school as it becomes the focal point of Italian Day, held once a year.

The linguistic component focuses mainly on speaking, listening, reading and writing.  From grades Prep to 2, children learn the language mainly through singing, chanting, reciting, dancing and role playing.  Creative expression in various forms is also a strong focus at this level.  For P-2 the language focus includes colours, greetings, numbers, expressing likes and dislikes, family members, sports, seasons, hobbies, toys, community.

Grades 3-6 focus on speaking the Italian language using correct pronunciation and intonation.   Children learn to use the auxiliary verbs ‘essere’ and ‘avere’ in the present tense.  The expectation of language fluency increases with the year levels.  Children learn to express themselves orally with confidence and ease.

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Library

The Library program aims to promote a love of literature and reading, as well as to develop skills related to better use of the Library resources. Topics covered relate to themes studied in the classroom and a close liaison occurs with the classroom teachers. 

Library skills include identification of book parts, alphabetical order, library organisation and care and protection of books. As the children progress through the school, so the skills develop to cover note taking, research skills, use of Table of Contents, index, bibliographies etc. The Library is open at pranzo for the children to maximise the facilities.

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Performing Arts

Children attend a weekly session with our Performing Arts teacher.

Children in Prep to Grade 2 are introduced to the different elements of dance, drama and music (eg. space, tempo, pitch, energy, characterisation) through songs, percussion activities, dance routines and drama games.  They develop skills and techniques to manipulate the different elements to create their own performance piece.

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Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program provides children with the opportunity to express their ideas and emotions creatively and imaginatively.  Children are able to develop manipulative and design skills by experimenting with different techniques and processes. They are able to express themselves through painting, drawing collage, modelling and construction activities.  Each week every grade has an art lesson.

Each year Visual Arts and Performing Arts combine resources to develop a Celebration of the Arts – a ‘spectacular’ developed by our Arts Staff in conjunction with the students, and staff.

Children in Grades 3 to 6 work in groups to plan, rehearse and present a piece to an audience. They develop their ability to select, organise and combine different elements. Using the disciplines of dance, drama and music children explore, express and communicate their ideas and feelings.

In addition, piano, flute, recorder, clarinet, saxophone, cello, guitar, violin, percussion (drums) and singing tuition are available by arrangement. Choir for children in grades 3-6 and Voice Ensemble for children in grades 4-6.

Each year Visual Arts and Performing Arts combine resources to develop a Celebration of the Arts – a ‘spectacular’ developed by our Arts Staff in conjunction with the students.

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Information and communication Technologies

Each classroom has 6 laptops available for use. Interactive whiteboards are used in every classroom. All computers throughout the school are able to access the library catalogue and internet.  

All teaching staff have personal laptop computers. We have a variety of multimedia which is used to create presentations.

Please visit www.cybersmart.gov.au which provides information on how internet users can protect themselves and their information when using social networking sites, search engines and online games

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Physical Education and Perceptual Motor Program

The PE program is a comprehensive physical skill development and fitness program. It includes swimming Prep-6, Tri Skills (gymnastics) for grades P-4, cross country running, athletics, Gala days for Grades 3-6. 

We recognise that many children lack the ability to integrate, organise and process incoming sensory information from the body as well as the environment. 

Input from the three basic senses, touch, movement and position, combined with auditory and visual senses are critical to the child’s readiness to approach formal learning.

The program incorporates exercises and specific activities designed to encourage integration of the sensory systems and provide a strong foundation upon which to build and promote learning.

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Science

Through Science students develop and use the skills of scientific investigation, reasoning and analysis to ask questions and seek solutions. Science is divided into two dimensions: science knowledge and understanding and science at work. Students are taught science as a part of an integrated approach and cover each of these main topics over a two year rotation.

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Humanities

The focus for the Humanities program involves study of human societies, people and their cultures in the past and the present. The Humanities develop in students the key ideas and concepts that enable them to understand the way in which people and societies have organised their world under particular conditions and made meaning of it. The Humanities program is taught through an integrated approach with other key learning areas.

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Design, Creativity and Technology

Design, Creativity and Technology education provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for producing quality products that effectively either solve a problem or meet a need. They do so within a context that enables them to acquire an understanding of technology’s role in the world and of the effects that specific technologies or processes have on society and the environment. Technology education also develops student skills in creating and communicating ideas, and in solving complex and varied problems.

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