All classroom programs follow the Victorian Curriculum. It incorporates the Australian Curriculum F-10 for English, Mathematics, History and Science within the curriculum framework first developed for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). The Victorian Curriculum uses an eleven level structure to reflect the design of the new Australian Curriculum whilst retaining Victorian priorities and approaches to teaching and learning.
Our comprehensive approach to teaching English includes reading, writing, spelling and speaking and listening. Teachers cater for the needs of their young learners in small focus teaching groups of students with similar needs. Students work in a supportive environment where they are challenged to extend and use their English knowledge and skills in interesting, meaningful ways. A wide range of contexts are used to present a range of engaging and challenging tasks, including computer based tasks, that build on students’ prior knowledge and different learning styles.
Mathematical thinking, skills and knowledge develop through the teaching of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability. Small focus groups form the basis for teaching in each class and an emphasis is placed on relating Mathematics to real life and developing a range of mathematical tools to problem solve. Mathematics is an integral part of the curriculum and includes computer based learning activities, games and regular counting and place value activities as a part of daily lessons. We recognise Mathematics is a skill for life and encourage a hands-on and challenging program that caters for the needs of all students.
Our Ninja Math Program is based on the Math Master/Ranger Program which currently running in other schools, we have taken the program and tailored it to our needs. The program has linked to studies and theories related to the importance of Number Sense by Dianne Siemon and ‘Big Ideas in Numbers’ research and findings.
Students work through the program beginning with the White Belt. Other Belts are Yellow, Green, Brown, Purple, Black and Platinum. All the belts relate to key skills required for students to have a sound knowledge base around Number Sense. Students receive certificates that correlate to the colour of their successfully gained belt.
At Albany Rise Primary School we strongly promote and resource learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) across all year levels. Our Year 6 students’ classrooms are based in our school STEM centre. Here students can utilise our robotics equipment, undertake engineering and science experiments, use our virtual reality devices, be creative in design, work in teams to complete hands on tasks and constructions, and learn from use a broad range of information and communications technologies.
Inquiry learning is a learner centred approach in which students actively investigate significant questions and issues about how the world works, usually focussing on the areas of health, civics, science and the humanities. Inquiry learning provides us with a framework through which we encourage children to pose and investigate questions, solve problems and be risk takers in their educational journey. We utilise the knowledge of experts from our school and the broader community at incursions, excursions and camps to enhance the learning opportunities of our students.
Assessment and Reporting
Every student receives two reports each year (distributed in June and December). The teachers indicate the students progress and level of performance. Teachers also write comprehensive comments about students achievements and identify areas of improvements.
Parent / Teacher Interviews
We commence each year by inviting all parents to attend our Level information nights to learn about the classroom routines and programs. Following our information nights parents and are invited to a ‘Meet and Greet’ evening to meet the classroom teacher and share information about their child.
During the year parents are welcome to make an appointment to meet with teachers before or after school.
Parent/teacher interviews or 3- way conferences (student/parent/teacher) occur soon after mid year reports. Parents of students with Individual Learning Plan’s participate in regular support meetings with the classroom teacher. Students in Levels 3-6 participate in a 3-way conference. This allows each student to show their parents their work and their learning with teacher support.