Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Challenging and motivating students to take responsibility for their learning is a major goal of our curriculum program.

We base our current curriculum on the Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards

We see Literacy and Numeracy skill development as fundamental to learning in all other areas. In addition to English and Mathematics, we utilise an Integrated Inquiry approach that allows students to actively investigate the way our world works.

Through the student-centred Inter@ct Curriculum Program, students investigate the concepts of Identity, Sustainability, Social Justice, Creativity, Community, Change , Necessity and Curiosity, and cover the following curriculum areas:

  • Interpersonal Development
  • Personal Learning
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Science
  • Communication
  • Design, Creativity and Technology
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Thinking Processes
  • Health Knowledge and Promotion
  • Performing Arts

Specialist Programs operate in Physical Education, Visual Arts and Science. Indonesian is taught from grade 1 to 6. Auslan is taught in Prep. Computers, Chromebooks, televisions, laptops, iPads and Interactive Whiteboards are some of the tools regularly used in our curriculum programs. ICT is integrated into classroom programs.

Our school has a 1:1 ICT program for students in grades 2 to 6. Grade Prep and Grade 1 students have 1:2 access of iPads, Chromebooks and laptops.

Literacy

Narre Warren North Primary School has a strong focus on Literacy. Students in all year levels participate in a daily literacy block, which includes Reading, Writing, Spelling and Oral Language. Our structured Literacy model is aligned with the Victorian Curriculum and incorporates explicit teaching, differentiated small group work and plenty of opportunities for students to practise their skills at a level that is suited to their needs.

 

Reading

Our CAFÉ Reading Program provides a consistent structure and language for teaching reading across all year levels. On the CAFÉ menu, reading strategies are broken into four categories:

  • Comprehension
  • Accuracy
  • Fluency
  • Expand Vocabulary

With four sequential CAFÉ menus across the school, students are able to work at a level that provides them with the support or extension they need. Classroom teachers conference regularly with students to provide them with feedback about their reading and set new learning goals. In addition to whole class learning, students are also able to independently practise their reading strategy during Read to Self / Read to Someone time as well as work closely with their teacher in a small Strategy Group to further their understanding.

 

Writing

Our writing program is aligned with the Victorian Curriculum and provides students with opportunities to write a range of genres such as narrative, persuasive, informative, procedural and poetry. Grammar and punctuation skills are explicitly taught alongside writing structure. Teachers are currently trialling the implementation of new writing programs across the school to develop consistency of practice.

Spelling

Our school uses a differentiated approach to teach phonics, spelling and vocabulary, which allows students to work at their own pace. Students from Prep to Grade 2 participate in the SMART Spelling Program, while students in Grades 3 to 6 learn through the Words Their Way Program. Both teach students how to examine words for the regularities, patterns and rules that exist in the English language. Students make sense of new words by recognising the letter patterns they can see and the sounds they can hear.

 

Speaking & Listening

Oral Language is explicitly taught in classrooms each week, with a focus on developing attentive listening skills as well as speaking skills such as volume control, pitch, expression, eye contact and body language. Students have the opportunity to use these skills in front of audiences of various sizes such as their class, school assembly or external public speaking competitions.

 

Literacy Intervention

Our school offers a range of Literacy Intervention Programs for students needing a little extra support. Individual programs include Daily Reading and the Toe by Toe Program. We also run small groups to provide intervention for both Reading and Writing.

Mathematics

At Narre Warren North Primary School we teach Mathematics to enable students to solve everyday mathematical problems and to be able to successfully apply their mathematical understandings in the real world. Our Mathematics program provides students with knowledge, skills and understanding in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.

We provide opportunities for students to undertake pre and post assessment tasks to assess the students’ understanding and determine their next stage of learning. Students are taught Number concepts in ability based groups with peers that have similar learning needs, ensuring very targeted and specific lessons. We provide a variety of learning experiences to cater for our students’ different learning styles. Activities include the use of concrete materials, technology, open-ended tasks and problem solving. We utilise a combination of whole class, small group and individual teaching strategies to support students.

All students at Narre Warren North Primary School have a Mathletics account. We use Mathletics to support our Mathematics program and to consolidate student learning. http://au.mathletics.com/

Science

The purpose of Science is to answer important questions about the biological, physical and technological universe. Students are able to collaborate to solve mysteries and explore the unknown to develop a greater understanding of the world around us. Students are able to make predictions and solve problems through scientific experimentation.

Science is a new specialist subject at Narre Warren North Primary and I have been honoured with the exciting task of setting the program. Throughout the year we will find out about forces and movement in Physical Science. We will explore the world around us and the universe beyond in Earth and Space Science. We endeavour to understand the elements that make up our world and how they interact through Chemical Science. And we will investigate the plants and animals of our world through Biological Science.

This Term we are exploring Physical Science. Our Prep, Grade 1 and 2 students are exploring different movements and physical interactions. Grade 3 and 4 students are investigating pushing and pulling forces in our universe including experimenting with magnets. The Grade 5 and 6 students are engaging with electronics. All students will get to perform a range of exciting hands on experiments.

ICT

Did you know….

Narre Warren North Primary School has an extensive range of technology. From Chromebooks and iPads to Interactive Whiteboards and T.V’s our students are engulfed in the technological 21st century. Technology is used in a variety of ways within our classrooms from Prep to Grade 6 to strengthen the abilities and knowledge of our students. We are preparing our students for a digital future.

From Grades 2 to 6 students are supplied with a one to one device within the classroom. We hope that the whole school will soon be one device per child. Currently the Prep and Grade 1 students have access to 48 Chromebooks which are accessible at any time. We are proud consumers of technology!

Our Cyber curriculum covers Cyber Safety, Coding and the use of different applications. Further to this, our junior students use technology as a basis for understanding the functions and uses of Chromebooks and iPads. Our senior students use technology to enhance and engage with their learning. It offers the students a choice in how they present, research, create and develop their learning. Technology is used as a platform for students to collaborate with their peers and teachers through the use of Google Apps. A wealth of knowledge becomes accessible to them through the internet with safe use explicitly taught.

We are excited to see what advances the future will bring to technology and can’t wait to adopt these developments at Narre Warren North Primary School with our students and within the curriculum.

Indonesian

In 2018 students in Prep are learning and trialling Auslan, while Indonesian is taught to students in Grade One to Grade Six.

Throughout the classes students are taught greetings, numbers, colours, foods and much more. Students also learn about cultural traditions and days of significance in Indonesia.

The countdown to learning begins with…..

  • Lima 5
  • Empat 4
  • Tiga 3
  • Dua 2
  • Satu 1

BLASTOFF INTO INDONESIAN.

Performing Arts

Our classroom teachers will be teaching Performing Arts this year within the classroom as part of the Victorian Curriculum. All grades from Prep to Grade 6 will participate in an hour of Performing Arts per week. Our lessons will cover Dance, Drama and Music across the year. Prep students will be participating in Drama lessons during Term 1 with a focus on dramatic role play and the book ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’. This will be followed by Dance and Music across the remainder of the year. Grade 1/2 students are also participating in Drama lessons during Term 1 with a focus on exploring roles and characters in dramatic play and action using Fairytales.

Dance and Music will be taught across the remainder of the year with a focus on percussion and rhythm. Grade 3/4 students will be working across four rotations that cover Dance, Drama, Music and Singing with each 3/4 teacher teaching a different area. The students will rotate each term. In Music students will be learning to play the recorder. Grade 5/6 students will also be working in rotations of Music, Dance and Drama. Students in 5/6 will be learning to play the keyboard within their Music lessons.

We will also be running a Choir with practices to be held during lunch times. Performances will be held during assemblies from next term.

Visual Arts

All students from Prep to Year 6 visit the art room once a week. They are involved in creating, making and presenting art works, participate in arts criticism and discuss past and present art.

The students explore the areas of painting, drawing, construction, printing, collage, three-dimensional sculpture, textiles and digital art.

Students have the opportunity to work individually and on group projects. They are encouraged to share and discuss their own work and that of their peers. Tasks are usually open-ended and assessment and reporting is on an individual basis.

Students’ art work is displayed in the art room and in a variety of locations around the school. Students work from observation, research and experience as starting points to develop their creations. Through their work, they are encouraged to explore real, imaginary and abstract ideas, as well as explore different cultural artforms. Students are given the opportunity to experiment with ideas, concepts and emotions and to work to design briefs for external art work competitions and displays.

Everyone is encouraged to take risks with their designs and to use their imagination to create original and innovative pieces of artwork. These pieces of artwork have been presented and displayed for others to observe and enjoy throughout the school and the wider community.

Don’t forget to keep abreast of all the art ‘happenings’ on our school Art Blog.

https://mrssearlesartadventures.wordpress.com/

Physical Education

The aim in Physical Education is for students to be actively involved in sport and to have the skills required to participate in a fun and supportive environment. In order to achieve this, students at Narre Warren North Primary focus directly on the fundamental motor skills (run, kick, catch, jump and bounce) from Prep right through to Grade 6. In the Junior area of the school they focus heavily on the development of these skills and then as they progress through to Middle and Senior School they start using these skills through four main categories: Striking/Fielding, Net/Wall, Invasion and Target games.

The Striking/Fielding unit aims to equip students with skills to participate in any game that involves a ‘batting’ or ‘fielding’ team. The Net/Wall unit equips students with the skills to participate in any game that involves hitting a ball over a net or against a wall. The Invasion Unit aimed to equip students with skills to participate in any game that involves invading the other team’s space to score a goal. The Target Unit aimed to equip students with the skills to participate in any game that involves moving an object to hit a target.

As our students have a strong passion for sport, we offer a wide range of extra-curricular sporting opportunities. These range from incursions where outside organisations come into the school to run session on Hockey, Little Athletics or Basketball. We participate in the local Hoop Time Basketball Competition and St.Margret’s Cup Netball Tournament. Students in Grade 5 and 6 participate in Inter-school Sport with local schools on a Friday morning in Term 2 and 3. We also compete in the Endeavour Hills District Sporting Association where we compete in the District Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics.

Extra Curricular Opportunities

  • Lunchtime Clubs – technology, art, sport, chess, Cre8ive HQ (Technology)
  • Play Pod
  • Competitions
  • Camps
  • Swimming
  • Sporting events, eg basketball, interschool sport
  • Music – keyboard, guiar
  • Performing Arts – choir, concerts, productions

Student Engagement

A vibrant and positive school culture with a shared enthusiasm for learning is key to successful student outcomes. At Narre Warren North Primary School, we are committed to building a culture of student-centred learning and empowering students, building school pride. Students are encouraged to provide teachers with feedback to inform teaching and learning. They are guided to set goals to help improve their learning and are supported with effective feedback on how to move forward to achieve those goals.

The first week of each term the students participate in Welcome Back Week. Welcome Back Week is a chance for the students to reconnect with school and it’s routines after the holiday break. Classroom expectations are revisited, relationships are re-established and the children are given the opportunity to provide feedback to their teacher’s in regards to their learning. Children are asked to give feedback on what helps and hinders their learning e.g. classroom environment/organisation, teacher behaviour, student behaviour, social issues, types of activities, etc. The teachers take on board and this feedback and make changes accordingly.

“When teachers seek, or at least are open to feedback from students as to what students know, what they understand, where they make errors, when they have misconceptions, when they are not engaged – then teaching and learning can be synchronized and powerful. Feedback to teachers helps make learning visible.

Hattie (2009)”

Enrichment Programs

Narre Warren North Primary School runs an extensive range of enrichment programs for highly capable students. These programs are designed to extend student knowledge across a variety of subject areas including Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Humanities, Technology and the Arts.

Enrichment programs are run by both internal and external providers. This year NWNPS has hosted the ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ program, run by Penny Willoughby, which has seen students from Prep – 6 solve mysteries, conduct experiments, rehearse magic tricks and design their own inventions!

In addition to this, our enthusiastic teachers have also run term-long enrichment programs in specific areas including ICT, music, creative writing and design/technology. As a result of these programs we have seen the creation of our school cybersafety blog, as well as a wonderful music performance put on by the enrichment students.

Environmental Club

Welcome all to the new and improved Environmental Club. The school gardening group has been reinventing themselves as we are out with the old and in with the new. How can you help us, you might be asking yourselves? Well, we are in desperate need of soil to fill our kindly donated garden beds. Thank you to Beacon construction for their generous donation and delivery of beds, as well as Michelle and James who volunteered their time to prepare the garden for planting. However, we STILL need soil! Any donations would be appreciated. Please see Miss Powell or Miss Coon for information.

Environment Club are keen to plant a range of seasonal vegetables, such as corn, zucchini and cucumber. Last year, we sold over $100.00 in produce at the school vegetable stall, which raised money to purchase materials for the new flower box. The Squatting Frog Nursery kindly donated a variety of seedlings, which sprouted into broccoli, and white and red cabbage. I wonder what we will plant this year.

What can you do to be a green thumb like us? July 30th is National Tree Day. At school, Environment Club will be participating by planting new seedlings. Last year, we planted a lemon and orange tree to stand with our existing mandarin tree. Currently, the Environment Club are working very hard at lunch times to clean up the weeds. You could join in on National Tree Day by visiting http://treeday.planetark.org/involved/athome.cfm

Stay Green

School & House Captains

School House Captains demonstrate a high level of leadership in and around the school as well as presenting a high level of team work. They lead, motivate and support their House in participation, competitive spirit and sportsmanship.

House Captains maintain a high level of commitment throughout the year to promote sport events, encourage and motivate students as well as assist the PE Teacher and school staff in sports related matters. They run and organise a range of lunchtime activities for all students across the school such as Running Club and various sporting games.

Over the year the House Captains develop and enhance their leadership skills through a range of opportunities such as attending the GRIP Conference, speaking at Assemblies and over the PA. They also attend formal sessions covering a range of topics such as how to resolve student conflicts and strategies for running successful lunchtime sessions with students across the school.

At Narre Warren North Primary School we have four Houses; Kerr, Rae, Troup and Robinson.

Junior School Council

Junior School Council is an opportunity for students to have a voice within the school. Two representatives from each Grade 3- 6 class are elected by their peers to represent them at the Junior School Council.

These students meet regularly to discuss any issues, ideas or suggestions students have. The representatives bring this information to the meeting and consider what they can do to assist or problem-solve issues that are important to the student body.

The Junior School Council often raise money for charities or things they think our students need in the school by having special dress up days or organised events.

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