Learning

 

Curriculum

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 13 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
  • Chaplaincy Program
  • Grade 6 Graduation
  • Buddy Program for Preps
  • Student Leadership

At Wattleview 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 ‘Wattleview educates learners for life’. Values of Getting Along, Confidence, Persistence, Organisation and Resilience, are implemented through the ‘You Can Do It’ program and Tribes Agreements. Student management and wellbeing is supported through Restorative Practices. Students are empowered to take on the roles and responsibilities of school leadership, demonstrating a strong commitment to our values program.

Chaplaincy Program

At Wattleview we are very proud of our innovative Chaplaincy Program – established as the first primary school Chaplaincy in Knox and one of the first in Victoria.

Our Chaplain provides our students, parents and staff with one on one support where required and also offers a number of valuable programs to both students and staff. The Chaplain works with students, parents and teachers to assist in meeting the needs that arise in their daily lives. Life is not always easy. But knowing there is someone there just for you, to talk to, to listen, to encourage and to walk with you can be very comforting. Children today have to deal with some very ‘grown up’ issues such as family break-up, grief, addictions. These can be traumatic for them and affect their ability to learn the necessary skills to survive in this world.

This is a pastoral care program only and does not have any particular religious focus. Access to the program is through self, parent, or teacher referral. The Chaplain is available as a support to both students and parents and is at the school two days a week.

Please feel free to call in to school or ring the Chaplain if you would like to have a chat.

What does a Chaplain Do?

The role of the Chaplain is to care for the child/family when he/she needs someone to listen to them.

A Chaplain can:

  • Listen to a child when they want to talk
  • Provide Pastoral Care (encouragement and support)
  • Run support groups/short courses (e.g. anger management, grief support)
  • Help sort out a problem or issue with a child when they are disruptive or not coping in class
  • Refer a child to other professionals
  • Support teachers in class, helping out as needed
  • Listen to and help with teachers’ concerns
  • Connect with parents when the family is really struggling
  • Be available to talk with parents when they have concerns about their children
  • Matters of faith are only pursued when the child (or parent) wishes to talk about them

Homework

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, Mathletics, and Literacy Planet.

Specialist Programs

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.

Visual Arts:  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.

Information Technology: The school network has over 100 computers for student use. Each classroom has 3 or more computers for use in class time to assist in research and to enhance student work presentation. Students are exposed to new ways of presenting their work, incorporating digital images, sound and video. The school’s computer lab is linked into a high speed network with access to both the Internet and multiple software titles.

Library: 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.

Physical Education: At Wattleview, 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.

Co-Curriculum

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 two weeks of intensive swimming programs (45 minutes per day) each year at Knox Leisure works. 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.

 

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