Curriculum

The teachers are all experienced specialists in inquiry teaching and have for many years implemented the Australian Curriculum through units of inquiry that integrate the knowledge and skill expectations at each year level. Teachers plan backward from the mandated student outcomes to organize learning activities that will lead students to a deeper understanding of big ideas and concepts. Through positive modeling of life-long learning, respect for others, and a generous caring spirit, our staff hope to challenge and inspire students to think for themselves, take risks, act creatively, and ultimately take responsibility for themselves and their world. We are already well into the 21st century, so we are also focused on important work skills like collaboration, communication, critical thinking, teamwork, technology and problem-solving to ensure our students are forward-thinking and optimistic about the future.

Literacy

Spelling across the school is a strength. Teachers have agreed on a scope and sequence of writing genres and classes practice these throughout the year. Reading improvement in middle and upper primary is an area we are proud of. Our current focus in literacy is to get reception students reading as soon as they can. Jolly Phonics is the core program at reception. Our goal is to ensure all junior primary students reach set reading targets, and where possible, increase the number who exceed them. Running Records data shows that most students reach our target and can read PM Level 22 books, but our goal is to have most children exceed this by year 2. This effort includes SSO support for individual students.

Numeracy

To improve student learning achievement in numeracy, we have focused on mathematical fluency through the Quicksmart program for targeted students. In every classroom, our priority is to develop mathematical problem-solving and intellectual stretch. Teachers encourage students to be able to explain their mathematical thinking.

Swimming and Aquatics

All classes are involved in swimming lessons during term 4 of each year at the SA State Aquatics Centre in Marion for reception-year 6. While instructors are provided by DECD, travel, entry and equipment use all incur a cost.

Performing Arts and Japanese

Specialist teachers provide Japanese and Performing Arts programs. In odd years we stage a whole school concert to showcase our performing arts program. We have both senior and junior choirs as well as private instrumental music teachers. Students are required to learn Japanese while at school. The year 5 students communicate with their iPads regularly with Kokubunji Junior High School in Tokyo using the Edmondo platform.