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 Mappen Curriculum Planner, 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. Auslan is taught from Prep to Grade 4. 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 1 to 6. Prep students have access to a class set of Chromebooks.

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 SCRIPTS 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. At the beginning of the year, teachers work with students to establish writing behaviours in each classroom. Throughout each lesson, students receive explicit instruction regarding the writing process through a consistent school-wide approach. Good quality literature is used to support the teaching of writing in all genres. The SCRIPTS displays in each classroom support student learning in the following areas:
· Structure
· Conventions
· Revisions
· Ideas
· Punctuation
· Text Type
· Spelling

With a sequential SCRIPTS rubric across the school that ranges from Prep to Year 8, students are able to work at an appropriate level that supports or extends them. Classroom teachers conference regularly with students to provide them with feedback about their writing, to improve their skills based on their point of need.

Spelling

At NWNPS, spelling is taught using the SMART Spelling approach (created by Michelle Hutchison) across all grade levels. SMART Spelling rules and patterns are taught in context. Through the use of a scope and sequence, students explore word meanings, syllables, sounds and letter patterns. The program includes the study of high frequency words, word families, prefixes, suffixes and plurals. Students are explicitly taught spelling patterns. Weekly lists contain a range of words from simple to complex focusing on a common sound. Students are guided to select appropriate words, (including personal words) to meet their own individual needs.

 

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

Children needing extra assistance in Literacy have access to a number of support programs including Toe by Toe and MultiLit.

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 using Essential 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 through our whole school instructional model. 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. https://au.mathletics.com/

Science

Our major focus for Science across the school for Term 1 is Physical Science. Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 will be studying Forces and Motion. Students will explore with how different objects move in different ways. They will use their bodies, toys and sporting equipment to demonstrate and find different movements and the forces that cause them to move.
Grade 3 and Grade 4 students will also be experimenting with forces and motion. They will get to use magnets to find magnetic materials and explore how magnets interact with each other and different materials.
Grade 5 and Grade 6 students will have STEM and Science. In these classes we will have a major focus of Electronics. Students will find materials that conduct and insulate electricity. Students will make a variety of circuits using different components like motors, lights and fans. They will also explore renewable and non-renewable sources of electricity.

STEM

STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics brings multiple subject areas together to enable students to learn how to use new technologies and solve real world problems.
In STEM this term students will explore the engineering through designing and creating. They will use a range of materials including recycled materials, Lego, pipe cleaners and balloons to build different objects from Martian landers to moving cars.

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 1 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 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.

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 for a Visual Arts lesson. Visual Arts includes the fields of art, craft and design. Students explore the areas of painting, drawing, construction, printing, collage, three-dimensional sculpture, textiles and digital art. They are involved in creating, making and presenting art works, participate in arts criticism and discuss past and present art.

In Visual Arts classes students create visual art works that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas. They develop perceptual and conceptual understanding, critical reasoning and practical skills through exploring and expanding their understanding of their world, and other worlds. They learn about the role of the artist, craftsperson and designer and their contribution to society. Students learn about the relationships between the viewer and artworks and how artworks can be displayed to enhance meaning for the viewer.

Through Visual Arts, students make and respond using visual arts knowledge, understanding and skills to express meanings associated with personal views, intrinsic and extrinsic worlds. Visual Arts engages students in a journey of discovery, experimentation and problem-solving relevant to visual perception and visual language, utilising visual techniques, technologies, practices and processes. Learning in the Visual Arts leads students to become increasingly confident and proficient in achieving their personal visual aesthetic, appreciating and valuing that of others.

Visual Arts supports students to view the world through various lenses and contexts. They recognise the significance of visual arts histories, theories and practices, exploring and responding to artists, craftspeople and designers and their artworks. They apply visual arts knowledge in order to make critical judgments about their own work and that of others. Learning in the Visual Arts helps students to develop understanding of world cultures and their responsibilities as global citizens.

Aims

The Visual Arts curriculum aims to develop students’:

  • conceptual and perceptual ideas and expressions through design and inquiry processes
  • visual arts techniques, materials, processes and technologies
  • critical and creative thinking, using visual arts languages, theories and practices to apply aesthetic judgment

Physical Education

Physical Education at Narre Warren North Primary School is linked to the Victorian Curriculum and aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to improve and maintain their physical health and wellbeing. Students focus on the acquisition of movement skills, concepts and strategies to enable confident, competent and creative participation in a range of physical activities.

All Prep to Year 6 students participate in Huff’n’Puff activities during Term 1, where students engage in a variety of warm-up and partner challenges, vigorous games, relays and group fitness activities that promote health related fitness. Students develop their understanding about movement as they learn to monitor how their body responds to different types of physical activity.

Years 3 to 6 curriculum will focus on goal setting, developing complex movement patterns and refining techniques in Athletics, Cross Country running and Striking sports during Term 1. Students will get the opportunity to engage in the Hockey Roadshow as part of their striking skills development.

Students in Prep to Year 2 will participate in a Fundamental Motor Skills program and will be introduced to the procedures and routines in Physical Education. Students will engage in fun games to develop the ‘building blocks’ required for more specialised skills that they will need throughout their lives to competently participate in different games, sports and recreational activities.

 

Auslan

In 2020 Grades Prep to Grade 4 students are participating in the Auslan Program. Auslan (Australian Sign Language) is the language of the Deaf community in Australia. It is signed using hand and body movements, as well as facial expressions.

Students will learn about deaf culture and people. They will learn the importance of inclusiveness and communicating with a hearing impaired person.

Games, stories, songs, visual aids, conversations and movement tasks will be incorporated regularly, making Auslan lessons interactive and fun.

Throughout the year students will cover topics including Feelings and emotions, greetings, colours, nouns (relating to family, school, animals, food), numbers and the alphabet.

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.

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.

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 https://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.