Curriculum

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.

English

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.

Mathematics

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.

Inquiry Learning

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

Reports
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.

Student Learning

Play Based Learning

In recent years, the Foundations to Year 2’s have been participating in our Play Based Learning program. We have two specially designed classrooms to accomodate investigative play. Students investigate different learning centres to develop their exploration skills, creativity, independence, social skills, oral language skills and love of learning. The learning centres are designed by teachers to incorporate:

  • focus topics of the curriculum
  • different learning needs (fine motor development, dramatic play areas to support oral language and imagination, craft areas to support creativity and many more)
  • interests of the students

Spelling Program: Jolly Phonics

In 2018 we introduced ‘Jolly Phonics’, which is a spelling approach based on synthetic phonics. It uses the synthetic phonics method of teaching the letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory, enabling children to become fluent readers and writers.

VCOP Writing

We use a consistent whole school writing program at Albany Rise. This ensures students are developing their skills each year consistently. The VCOP Writing framework provides explicit and systematic instruction in writing, incorporating shared, guided and independent writing through building Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation. Our School staff and leadership work with a number of local schools to raise expectations in relation to Writing linked to the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).

Student Personal Goal Setting

Students from Foundation to year 6 are encouraged to develop goals about their learning which reflect their current abilities and personal learning targets in all key curriculum areas. Students refelct on these goals as part of the whole school reporting process. Students in year 3-6 work towards individualised goals which are regularly referred to and celebrated once achieved.

Whole School Instructional Model

Albany Rise Primary School has developed an explicit teaching model for instruction which is used across the school. The model has essential elements aimed at ensuring students are engaged and on task, with activities developed to suit learning needs and interests. The model includes key components, such as ensuring each lesson has a clear learning intention which is outlined to students at the start of each lesson.

Sister School in China

Albany Rise Primary School has recently entered into a sister-school relationship with Fang Cao Di International School Fuli Branch, which is located in Beijing. The relationship will foster, maintain and promote mutual understanding and positive relations between Australia and China.

    The goals of our sister school program are

    • To deepen the understanding of and respect for each others’ cultures
    • To develop opportunities for students and teachers to develop skills which enhance Australia-China relationships
    • To develop ties of friendship through regular communication
    • To develop global perspectives and citizenship
    • To develop curriculum links and collaborative learning projects
    • To enhance the teaching of Mandarin to our students at Albany Rise PS.

    Sister School Activities

    • The exchange of information about curriculum, school policy and school events
    • The exchange of teaching resources, course materials and teaching strategies
    • The exchange of student work, letters, photos, student newspapers, email, etc to promote mutual understanding.
    • Distance learning via information and communication technology.
    • Study tour programs between the countries, if and when possible
    • Teacher exchange programs

    Prep/Foundation Program

    We believe that every child is unique and every child can succeed. We place a particular emphasis on quality teaching and care for each child. An engaging learning environment where all children feel safe and happy at school is essential for our students to learn effectively and reach their full potential. Albany Rise can offer your child a broad education and take the time to cater for individual differences and needs, assisting your child to learn to their full potential. We will support your child as they begin their formal education and strive to develop a love for learning.

    At Albany Rise Primary School, our Prep Program provides your child with practical and engaging learning experiences. We have a strong emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy to develop our students’ reading, writing and mathematical skills. We enhance children’s learning through our ‘Learning through Play’ program – Chatterbox. Each child will be active participants in their learning through hands-on exploration and investigation. Our program allows Literacy and Numeracy skills to develop as well as children’s social, emotional and life skills. The video above captures our Prep students enjoying their Chatterbox experiences.

    Click here to watch our Chatterbox sessions in actions! Chatterbox ARPS

    Incorporating Technology

    In each Prep classroom we use SMART Interactive Whiteboards, iPads and desktop computers. We use these to build your child’s technology skills as well as their Literacy and Numeracy abilities. We use Reading Eggs and Mathletics also to support students learning, which can be accessed from home.

    Specialist Programs

    At Albany Rise your child will take part in weekly Music/LOTE, Physical Education and Art programs.

    Kids Matter School

    Albany Rise Primary School is a Kids Matter School. We have an excellent student welfare program which is supported by out Student Wellbeing Officer. We use the Quality Beginnings and Bounce Back programs to support students’ social and emotional needs.

    Education is seen as a partnership between home and school, where parents are valued partners in their child’s learning and development. Your involvement in our school is essential as it will help to develop your child’s confidence in their education.

    Better Buddies

    Better Buddies Framework helps students entering their first year of school feel safe, valued and connected to school Each Prep student will be given a Grade 6 buddy. During the year, they will work on activities in the classroom and be a reassuring face in the yard.

    Student Wellbeing

    At Albany Rise the wellbeing of our students is paramount. To effectively meet the needs of our students, we take a whole school approach that focuses on safety and wellbeing throughout all school practices.

    Albany Rise has clear, well defined and agreed expectations of acceptable types of staff, parent and student behaviour that allows all members of the school community to have a shared understanding of what unacceptable or bullying behaviour is. Teachers work in partnership with parents to reduce and manage anti-social behaviours.

    Albany Rise and Berry Street

    In today’s changing and complex world, many primary and secondary school students encounter daily adversity including chronic and traumatic stressors, lack of environmental supports, and other barriers to their own school success. Despite best efforts and intentions, schools require community responses to address student needs for healing, growth, and achievement.

    The Berry Street Education Model provides schools with the training, curriculum and strategies to engage the most challenging students. This education initiative is different because it is research-informed, multifaceted and systemic. It is unique because it educates schools and their leaders to reinforce and sustain cognitive and behavioural change, thereby re-engaging the young person in learning and progressing their academic achievement.

    From 2018, Albany Rise Primary School will be implementing the Berry Street Education Model to enhance the engagement in learning of all our students.

    Respectful Relationships

    The Respectful Relationships whole-school approach recognises that schools are a workplace, a community hub and a place of learning. Everyone involved in our school community deserves to be respected, valued and treated equally. The research based program is accessed by students across the school to ensure core values of respect and resilience are explicitly taught and embedded in our school culture.

    We know that changes in attitudes and behaviours can be achieved when positive attitudes, behaviours and equality are lived across the school community, and when classroom learning is reinforced by what is modelled in our school community

    School Wide Positive Behaviours: SWPB

    School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is an approach to assist schools improve sand enhance pro-social behaviour and academic outcomes.

    It provides guidance for adopting behaviour interventions into a single whole-school framework. The interventions are evidence based, with a focus on data-based decision making and preventing serious behavioural issues.

    Albany Rise Primary School uses a SWPB matrix to identify and promote positive behaviours across the school.

    Restorative Practices

    All of our staff at Albany Rise Primary School have received training in Restorative Practices. Restorative Practice involves working to enable students to take responsibility for their actions/ behaviours and repairing any harm done to relationships. All those affected by any conflict are assisted to find a way forward thus reducing anger and resentment. The focus is on building relationships and thereby developing a caring community. The approach ensures that students feel safe and happy in a supportive school environment. During the time ahead our school will be developing procedures and strategies to utilise a restorative approach with the students.

    Circles

    During our training on Restorative Practise, Marg Armstrong taught us how the use of Classroom Circles is a highly effective way we can build positive relationships in our classrooms, between students and their classmates, and between students and teachers. We know that students learn best when they feel safe and supported in their learning environment. Circles foster the development of such an environment.

    Circles are happening on a regular basis at Albany Rise in every classroom. The class, along with the teacher, all sit on chairs (or on the floor) in a circle to speak, listen, interact, enhance relationships and share concerns.

    The Key elements of Circles are:

    • Having Positive relationships with classmates
    • Understanding and valuing oneself
    • Understanding and valuing others

    Circles can be used to teach pro-social skills and build relationships; solve problems; review curriculum; evaluate what we have learnt in class and to develop restorative practice. Circles are also used to teach the Bounce Back program.

    Kids Hope Mentors

    Kids Hope is a World Vision mentoring program aimed at developing emotional and social resilience in children, thereby enhancing their capacity to learn. The model is built on a long-term partnership between a local government primary school and a local church. Carefully screened and trained mentors from the partner church meet the children for one hour per week at the school. The results can change lives. To learn more visit the website – https://www.kidshopeaus.org.au/

    Student Welfare Coordinator

    The Albany Rise Student Welfare Coordinator is vital in responding to the needs of our young people. They are responsible for helping students handle issues such as truancy, bullying, drug use and depression. Our Student Welfare Coordinators will work with other welfare professionals and agencies to address student needs. Our Welfare Coordinator is at Albany Rise on Mondays -Thursdays.

    Student welfare coordinator

    Our student welfare coordinator will:

    1. Provide Whole School Support

    • Primary Prevention – To work closely with school staff, especially the Principal and Assistant Principal to develop a coordinated approach in identify and assisting children and families.
    • Early Intervention -To develop and implement a range of programs and interventions to meet the needs of the students that focus on social, emotional and education needs.
    • Intervention – Case managed support with specialised services to at-risk children. When appropriate assist families and children offer referral to appropriate agencies.
    • Restoring – Providing support to parents and children affected by trauma or crisis situations.

    2. Work with teachers and students

    • Increase teacher capacity to support the diverse needs of students.
    • To provide information and resources to teaching staff
    • Provide individual support for at-risk children
    • Provide group support for at-risk children
    • Managing student referrals
    • Work with parents
    • Communication
    • Parent support
    • To provide information and resources to parents
    • Referrals

    3. Work with the Community

    • Liaise with external welfare providers
    • Contribute to the regional and local Primary Welfare Officer Network
    • Develop community partnerships to draw on external welfare expertise

    Student Wellbeing Resources

    The Student Wellbeing Office is home to a wide range of resources to assist teachers to support social and emotional learning in their classrooms, as well as promoting positive mental health. Teachers are welcome to borrow the resources or alternatively make a meeting time with the Student Wellbeing Coordinator to discuss available resources and any support required for the whole class, or individual students.

    Breakfast Club

    Every Tuesday and Thursday Morning our school Breakfast Club runs before school in the Function Room. Breakfast is free for anyone who comes along, and includes healthy foods, fruit, cereal toast and juice. We encourage all students to have a healthy breakfast every day.

    Specialists

    Albany Rise students participate in many activities outside of their home classroom. We enjoy outstanding facilities for all of our specialist learning areas including:

    Physical Education (PE)

    Lessons focus on developing students’ fitness, muscle control, games and social skills. PE also includes interschool sport for students in grades 5-6, Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) for the Preps and a whole school swimming program.

    Visual Art

    During Art lessons children explore their creativity using many different art mediums.

    Music

    Lessons covers a range of song, dance, drama and learning to play recorder from grade 3 onwards.

    Language Other Than English | Mandarin

    Students learn to speak Chinese Mandarin. They learn simple greetings, numbers, songs and more.

    Information Communication Technology (ICT)

    At Albany Rise Primary School, students have access to many different forms of technology. We believe students need to be 21st Century learners. We allow students to learn from, manipulate and take action with technology. To use and understand the vast resourcefulness of technology, students are required to analyse, judge and interpret the information available to them. To do this, students are taught how to use technology appropraitely and effectively.

    The Hub

    This year, we re-opened our new computer lab. We have made the area a flexible space and more connected to the library. Students on Junior School Council voted to call the area “The Hub”.

    Interactive Whiteboards

    Each classroom has an interative whiteboard. This allows teachers and students to demonstrate and manipulate concepts with ease.

    iPads and iPods

    We have a class set of iPads (for Preps) and iPods for students to use. Students learn from, practice skills and create different projects from a range of apps.

    Laptops

    In addition to our Computer Room, Levels 3 – 6 have access to 2 class sets of laptops.

    Website Programs

    This year students have been learning from and supporting their learning through the following programs. Students thoroughly enjoy working through the activities catered for the level. Students are able to use the programs both at school and at home.

    Cyber Safety

    Part of our ICT curriculum, students learn about Cyber Safety. It is important for students to understand the negative aspects of the internet and how to deal with different problems when they arise. We also believe that parents are key partners in teaching children about being cybersafe. The world of technology and social networking may be unfamiliar to parents. There are, however, many resources designed to help parents and children become cybersafe. For further information, clikc the links below or Parents Guide To Online Safety.

    eSmart

    We are working towards becoming an eSmart School via the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

    Extra Curricular

    Students at Albany Rise have many extra curricular oppportunties. We offer both in school activities and out of hours activities. We endevour to provide students with a range of opportunities to encourage their interests, skills and experiences.

    Excursions and Incursions

    Each class participate in 1-2 excursions (out of school) or incusions (in school) each year. All excursions and incursions are researched and developed to increase students’ learning and experiences.

    Camps

    Camps are an important part of education for every student. Students build upon their communcation and interpersonal skills, indpendence, confidence and self-esteem. Students foster an appreciation for the environment, new experiences and develop their sense of exploration.

    Albany Rise students attend a range of different camps whilst at Primary School. This year, students in Years 3 – 4 attended “The Briars” in Mt Martha for 2 nights. Students in Years 5 – 6 went to Ballarat for 3 nights. They visited Sovereign Hill and Bendigo.

    Special Events

    Throughout the school year, we have a range of ‘Special Event’ we celebrate. These include, Kids Matter Day, the Walkathon, Literacy and Numeracy Week, Book Week, Education Week, Grandparent’s Day (Preps), National Bullystoppers, and many many more! Some of these celebrations include our ‘Multi-aged Groups’.

    Multicultural Day

    We have a big celebration day to acknowledge and learn about all the different cultures and backgrounds of our students. Students participate in craft, music and performance activities that highlight our diversity at Albany Rise Primary School.

    Fun Fiesta

    Bi-annually the Albany Rise community have a Fun Fiesta. Our parent association, staff and students run many different stalls and activities. In the past we have had face painting, discos, mini-olympics, sponge throw, sweet stalls, craft stalls and many many more. Parents and other community members can run their own stall selling products or running children focused activities.

    Musical

    Bi-annually Albany Rise students come together to perform in a whole school production. All students are given the opportunity to sing, dance and act on stage. It is a great celebration of all the students’ talents.

    Music Opportunities

    In addition to weekly music lessons, students are able to participate in the school choir or in learn an instrument through our Instrumental Program. Students can learn how to play the guitar or keyboard.

    Sport Opportunities

    Students in the upper years of Primary School participate in interschool sport competitions with other local Primary Schools. This is a great opportunity for students to utilise their sporting abilities (cricket, teeball, bat tennis, soccer, volley stars, etc.) and meet other students from different schools. We also have athletics and cross country days for students from Years 3 to 6. Students displaying exceptional skills and potential have access to additional competitive, sporting programs via VPSSA such as the district and state school sporting competitions in athletics, swimming and cross country.

    Enrichment & Support

    We offer many enrichment programs at Albany Rise. We believe in supporting all aspects of our students. The following programs enrich and extend students’ learning.

    Individual Support

    An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is designed to assist students who have been identified as needing extra support or enrichment in English, Mathematics or Social Development. Programs for Students with Disabilities Access to comprehensive, relevant and challenging educational programs is provided for students with Disabilities and Impairments. Literacy and Numeracy Support Programs P-6 Students who require additional assistance in literacy are supported by specialist literacy and numeracy support teachers.

    Clever Kids (Years 3-6)

    We run an elective program for students in grades 3 – 6 every Wednesday in terms 2 and 3 . The program is designed to cater to a child’s ‘Multiple Intelligences’ by exposing them to wide range of skills and new experiences. Elective subjects currently on offer include: Masterchef, Eco-Kids, Movie Making, Wonders with Wool, Snazzy Science, Chess, Survivor and Fun and Fitness.

    Learning Through Play (Prep – Year 2)

    Students are able to explore different learning centres (designed by the teachers, specific to learning outcomes). They develop their social skills, oral langauge skills and their drive to learn. Students learn how to extend their play to include different aspects of Literacy and Numeracy.

    Buddy Program | Better Buddies

    Each Prep student will be introduced to a Year 6 buddy on their official Orientation Day before they begin school. Students will get to know their buddy throughout the year as they work together in many ‘buddy sessions.’ Our buddy program also supports students out in the yard and on the playground. A buddy is a friendly face and someone to go to if students need help or feel lonely.

    Quicksmart

    The QuickSmart program is a responsive small-group intervention that aims to develop fluent (Quick) and efficient (Smart) numeracy strategy use. QuickSmart uses research-based instructional strategies to support the learning of persistently low-achieving students so that they are more actively and successfully engaged in inclusive classroom settings.

    University of NSW Tests

    Students are able to participate in multiple choice tests in subjects such as English, Maths, Science and Computer Skills. All participants receive a certificate acknowledging their participation and achievement. For more information click the link https://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au/

    Perceptual Motor Program (PMP)

    Prep students participate in an hour PMP session each week. Students develop their perceptions and understandings of themself and their world through movement and motor experiences. They work through different stations aimed to improve their balance, body control, hand/eye coordination, body rhythm and confidence.

    Dance

    Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in the Dance program in line with our biannual musical, various talent programs and competitions held each year to showcase individual and team skills. To celebrate our enjoyment and participation in dance, all students are invited to School Discos during the year. We have also been very luck to have American dancers come to school to run a small dance group for a week. They perform their dance during the Friday Afternoon Assembly.

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