Literacy at Wattle View
At Wattle View Primary School, we believe that Literacy is a key pillar in the development of our students. Through the teaching of Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening, we aim to develop critical and creative learners that are able to think, analyse and communicate effectively.
At Wattle View, we use the Jolly Phonics program in Foundation and Jolly Grammar in years 1-6. These are engaging, evidence-based, multi-sensory synthetic phonics programs which flow seamlessly and have children reading and writing from an early age.
In Foundation, letter sounds are taught explicitly and are accompanied by actions to cater for a diverse range of learning styles. The program also places 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 that cannot be ‘sounded out’ such as ‘said’) are also a part of the program. Jolly Grammar from Grade1-6 provides a systematic approach to the teaching of grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.
We have adopted the philosophy of the 6+1 Traits of Writing to develop the essential qualities of writing in our students. At Wattle View, we believe the key traits of ideas, organisation, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions and presentation are the foundations of good writing. We explicitly teach these traits alongside the required text types, whilst encouraging every child to discover their own writing process.
Our reading program progresses from ‘learning to read,’ with students learning to decode texts, before they begin ‘reading to learn,’ where students develop high-level comprehension skills across a wide range of text types. Each student has an individual book box where they can store a variety of books for regular use in the classroom.
Our approach to Literacy at Wattle View is highly differentiated and engaging to ensure that students’ individual needs, interests, and abilities are catered for.
Literacy Learning Specialist
Mathematics at Wattle View
In line with the Victorian Curriculum, Wattle View Primary School has a strong focus on the use of the proficiency strands of fluency, understanding, problem-solving and reasoning to scaffold students’ understanding in mathematics.
Students are exposed to concepts from the three strands of Mathematics:
– Number and Algebra
– Measurement and Geometry
– Statistics and Probability
At Wattle View Primary School, we understand that each student’s understanding develops at different rates and in different ways. We value the individual learning styles of each student and strive to target instruction and classroom experiences to cater for each student’s point of need. As such, teachers at Wattle View Primary School use a range of assessment tools to identify next steps for learning for each of our students and adjust our lessons and instruction to ensure every student is appropriately challenged and can succeed regardless of their learning level.
Teachers at Wattle View Primary School work collaboratively to target teaching in Number & Algebra concepts through the use of Maths Groups. Through the use of Guttman Charts and targeted assessments, teachers determine students’ Zones of Proximal Development and develop learning sequences to ensure each child is progressing at their point of need.
In Measurement & Geometry and Statistics & Probability, teachers use real-world and hands on experiences to ensure learning experiences are engaging and relevant to students’ real lives and the wider world. Teachers work collaboratively to develop application tasks directly linked to the Victorian Curriculum to ensure students are being challenged at an appropriate level.
Wellbeing at Wattle View
At Wattle View we are very proud of our innovative Counselling Program.
Our counsellor 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 counsellor 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.
Access to the program is through self, parent, or teacher referral. The counsellor 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 counsellor if you would like to have a chat.
What does a counsellor do?
The role of the counsellor is to care for the child/family when he/she needs someone to listen to them.
A Counsellor can:
- Listen to a child when they want to talk
- Provide counselling 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
Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships Program
In 2016 Respectful Relationships (RR) education became a core component of the Victorian curriculum. The program was developed after the Royal Commission into the tragic death of Luke Batty in 2014. It was a recommendation from the Royal Commission that all schools use Respectful Relationships to support students to recognise and regulate emotions, develop empathy for others and establish and build a framework for positive relationships.
The Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships teaching and learning materials have been developed to support schools to deliver the curriculum and are mandated to be taught in all Victorian government schools by 2021.
At Wattle View Primary School we want our children to have an education that gives them the best start to a happy, healthy and prosperous life. This approach leads to positive change in students’ academic outcomes, their wellbeing, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students. We know that changes in attitudes and behaviours can be achieved when positive attitudes, behaviours and gender equality are lived across the school community. Together, we can lead the way in creating genuine and lasting change so every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
The classroom program will focus on 8 key areas:
- Emotional Literacy: This helps students develop the ability to be aware of, understand and use vocabulary about the emotional states of themselves and others with competence.
- Personal Strengths: Students develop a vocabulary to help them recognise and understand various strengths and positive qualities in themselves and others. They identify the strengths they admire in others and those they need to draw on to engage with the challenges and opportunities that life presents.
- Positive Coping: Students develop language around coping, critically reflect on their coping strategies and extend their repertoire of positive coping strategies.
- Problem-solving: Students learn a range of problem-solving techniques that can be applied when confronting personal, social and ethical dilemmas. They engage in applied learning tasks in which they apply their problem-solving skills to be realistic.
- Stress management: This teaches students to learn a range of problem-solving skills through applied learning tasks, so that they are able to cope with challenges as they arise.
- Help-seeking: Help seeking is a coping strategy that involves seeking technical, instrumental, social or emotional support from other people.
- Gender and identity: These are age-appropriate learning activities that assist students to understand and critique the influence of gender norms on attitudes and behaviours (see clip linked below for an example of a discussion prompt).
- Positive gender relationships: This teaches students to build positive gender relationships and the importance of acceptance of difference and diversity.
Respectful Relationships takes a whole-school approach, recognising that schools are a place of learning, a workplace and a key part of local communities. It embeds a culture of respect and equality across our entire school community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events.
Our students will be participating in RR lessons on a weekly or fortnightly basis within their classrooms or across their level.