The school curriculum is developed along Education Department guidelines using the Australian National Curriculum framework and its support materials as a foundation for learning.
The staff are committed to the academic, social and emotional development of all students and promotes excellence in teaching and learning. The school operates in the four VIC CURRICULUM levels and the 11 classes are supplemented with specialist Visual and Performing Arts, ICT and Physical Education programs. Information Technology is integrated in all aspects of Teaching and Learning with students having access to computer devices in their classrooms and the Computer Learning area.
An emphasis on the close monitoring of student learning in literacy and numeracy ensures that individual needs are catered for through relevant and specific programs. To support our students’ learning, we also offer additional programs and activities:
- Integration programs
- Language Intervention Program
- ERIK (Early Reading Intervention Knowledge)
- Maths Extension Program Years 3 – 6
- Transition Programs for Foundation and Year 6
- Camping program every 2 years for Years 3 – 6
- Incursions and excursions to complement our curriculum
- Whole school swimming program annually
- Interschool Sports Programs
- Counselling Services
- Grade 6 Graduation
- Buddy Program for Preps
- Student Leadership
At Wattle View Primary School we use the Jolly Phonics program in Foundation and from 2019, Jolly Grammar in years 1-6. The programs are evidence-based, engaging, multi-sensory synthetic phonics programs which have children reading and writing from an early age.
Jolly Phonics: In Foundation letter sounds are taught and are accompanied by actions. The program also puts an emphasis on the immediate teaching of the skills of blending sounds into words and segmenting words into sounds. These are two critically important skills for children learning to read and spell. Letter formation and the teaching of tricky words (words which cannot be ‘sounded out’ such as ‘said’) are also a part of the program.
Jolly Grammar: The program provides a systematic approach to the teaching of grammar, spelling and punctuation for students in years 1-6.
The school positively and actively encourages students with learning difficulties and caters for gifted and talented students through differentiation within the classrooms. The school provides a strong Disabilities Program in conjunction with a Language Support Program. Services are also provided by speech pathologists, psychologists and a school chaplain.
Our school motto is ‘Wattle View educates learners for life’. Values of Getting Along, Confidence, Persistence, Organisation and Resilience, are implemented through the ‘You Can Do It’ program. Management and wellbeing is supported through Restorative Practices and Respectful Relationships. Students are empowered to take on the roles and responsibilities of school leadership, demonstrating a strong commitment to our values program.
Reporting to Parents: There is a report generated in June and December each year to report student progress. As well as providing reports, parents and students have the opportunity to participate in 3 way student led conferences. This allows the students to showcase the work that they do and share their future goals for improvement. As well as providing these formal opportunities, parents have access to staff through emails, informal meetings and when required scheduled meetings. Student Support Group meetings are also arranged with the Assistant Principal and class teachers to share goals and progress with students who require additional support.
At Wattle View Primary School we pride ourselves in providing our students with a range of Extra Curricular activities. We believe that it is important for our students to be exposed to a variety of experiences to ensure that we are providing them with the independence and initiative they require to be valued members of our society when the day comes that they leave Wattle View Primary School.
We also believe it is important to provide students with opportunities within the school based on their interests. Some of the Extra Curricular programs we offer at Wattleview Primary School are:
- Edible Garden Precinct
- Lego Club
Homework reflects the age, maturity and skill levels of the individual pupil. It consists of regular tasks at each grade level ranging from reading to parents, to revisional and research work.
Homework is set on a regular basis and is a means of communication with parents.
Homework is in the form of oral reading, spelling, and times tables.
Levels 3-6 follow a home learning homework program called ‘Super 7’. This is run in conjunction with a homework sheet that follows current learning within the classroom and is curriculum aligned.
The school offers specialist Art, Music and Physical Education programs as well as additional programs. The school positively and actively encourages students with learning difficulties.
Performing Arts incorporates a lesson involving music, dance and drama. To further the opportunities in music, instrumental lessons in keyboard, guitar, singing and drums are also offered through private teachers once a week.
Our spacious Visual Arts Room allows the children to explore and experience a wide variety of materials. Sessions incorporate the exploration of painting, drawing, construction, modelling and textiles. Art and craft activities are also integrated with units of work in the classroom. Artwork created by the children takes pride of place in classrooms, the foyer and around the school.
Wattleview has a well stocked library which is constantly being updated and includes fictional and non-fictional books, reference material and a computerised catalogue. Students attend a weekly library session and regular borrowing is encouraged as a basis for developing reading skills as well as an enjoyable leisure activity.
At Wattle View, Physical Education is about: developing enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle, reaching your full potential and developing self esteem by utilising a variety of resources/facilities and providing training for ongoing skills development. This is achieved through the following programs: athletics, cross country, basketball, bat tennis, winter sports, summer sports, swimming programs and competitions.
Swimming Program: Swimming is an important part of the School’s physical education program. Students from Foundation to Grade 6 are offered the opportunity to participate in an intensive swimming program (45 minutes per day) each year. The emphasis is on water familiarisation, stroke technique and safety skills. Classes are taken by accredited swimming teachers and children of all ages and abilities are catered for. From Year 3 onwards, students have the opportunity to represent Wattleview in District Swimming Carnivals.
School Camping Program: The school camp policy aims to provide all students at the school with the opportunity to participate in some type of camp/activity away from their parents. Our camping program begins in Year 3 and offers opportunities to involve students in outdoor educational activities and social interactions that are not possible in the school setting.