All classes begin each year with a two week program on establishing a positive learning culture with consistent expectations across the school. The Off to a Great Start! program focuses on developing shared values, attitudes, skills and community goals that will prepare the class and school for success. All learning activities are designed to develop the theme. Home-school links are an integral part of this process which is continually reinforced and revisited.
Teaching and learning
All teachers use the Australian Curriculum to plan, teach, assess and report in:
- Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS): Geography, History, Civics and Citizenship Years 3-7, Economics and Business Years 5-7
- The Arts: Drama, Dance, Music, Visual Arts, Media Arts
- Technologies: Digital Technologies, Design and Technologies
- Health and Physical Education (PE)
- Languages: Chinese
We currently have specialist teachers in PE, Gymnastics, Health, Performing Arts and Chinese.
All teachers use the South Australian Teaching for Effective Learning framework (TfEL) to ensure teaching methodologies incorporate the most recent evidence and understandings about learning and teaching that maximise student engagement and achievement.
Our highly skilled and experienced SSOs (school services officers) work 1 to 1 with students who have an identified learning disability. They also run our literacy and numeracy intervention programs to support children with specific learning needs. We have a teacher to support students for whom English is an additional language or dialect (EALD) and an Aboriginal Education teacher to support our indigenous students. We also provide a range of programs to support individual and group wellbeing.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Festival of Music choir, a school based music education program. Students perform at the Adelaide Festival Theatre, usually in September each year.
We have netball and soccer teams where students have the opportunity to play in out of school hours competitions, SAPSASA and knockout events. We also have a gymnastics team which competes each year in the Gymnastics SA Schools Challenge. The focus of all physical activities is enjoyment, participation, teamwork and the building of self-esteem and confidence.
Managed by the University of Adelaide, Children’s University provides high quality, voluntary educational experiences for children aged between 7 and 14 years out of school hours. Children choose which activities they would like to participate in and collect stamps in their Passport to Learning as they go. They are rewarded for their participation with certificates presented at formal ceremonies held in high profile locations, such as Bonython Hall at the University of Adelaide. Children graduate in caps and gowns just like the adults do and celebrate their achievements with friends, family and teachers.
There is a registration fee involved payable to Children’s University. More information can be found by contacting the school coordinator.
- Gardening Club (Click for more info)
- Coding Club
- Chess Club
LEARNING AT HOME
You don’t need to be an expert or educator to help your child to learn at home. The Department for Education has published 2 documents to help you support your child in learning at home as well as staying healthy and active:
Teachers at school have also been working hard to provide meaningful and relevant learning programs which have been communicated through ClassDojo, Google Classrooms and home learning packs. We have also developed a suggested daily timetable to help you provide clear structure and routine to your child’s day.
At school, students have been learning about interoception, which is our 8th sense. It can broadly be defined as our conscious perception of our internal body signals which let us know how to respond to human needs or relate to our emotional experiences. Interoception is the pre-requisite for self-regulation.
Interoception activities take less than 2 minutes to complete and they help your child to identify their body signals, recognise when their body signals change and act or respond to these body signals for their self-regulation. The booklet provided has a range of activities that you can complete with your child and the whole family. You can complete these activities throughout the day, some examples could be:
- Starting their day with an interoception activity
- Break time between online lessons/activities
- Going for a walk or a bike ride
- Shooting some hoops or kicking a ball
- Playing on a swing set
- Jumping on a trampoline
The great thing about interoception activities is that you can create your own with your child. It can be any activity that changes your child’s body state and while encouraging them to notice how their body feels. To find out more information about interoception, please visit the Department for Education’s Interoception web page. If you have any questions or need further support with implementing interoception activities with your child, please contact your child’s teacher.
Dr Paul Swan has developed a support page https://drpaulswan.com.au/teaching-at-home/ to help parents in finding quality numeracy activities. The school has also provided students with dice and playing cards which will give them the opportunity to engage in problem solving using mathematical thinking processes and skills. Cards games also give children the opportunity to develop social skills such as sharing and taking turns. Games and activities can be found in the following eBooks:
Primary Connections is an innovative science program developed by the Australian Academy of Science which is aligned with the Australian Curriculum. They have developed a range of educational activities designed to be used at home.
Each four-page resource features:
- A short description
- Notes guiding preparation and resourcing
- Suggested questions to support student inquiry
- Student task sheets (may be printed, photographed or photocopied and sent to teachers upon completion)
- Ideas to explore further
Please click here to access the resources.