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: Sound Waves
At Albany Rise Primary School, we use the ‘Sound Waves’ spelling program. The Sound Waves synthetic phonics approach focuses on the process of segmenting (i.e. taking small sounds and putting them together to form a whole word).
Sound Waves Spelling follows a logical and thorough scope and sequence.
The program is organised around the 43 phonemes (sounds) of Australian English and the graphemes (a letter or letter combination) used to represent them in written language. It uses a sound-to-letter strategy which acknowledges that sounds can be represented more than one way in written form.
Instruction builds from Foundation to Year 6, starting with simple phoneme–grapheme relationships before exploring more complex relationships, morphology and etymology.
Informed by research on the best practices for teaching spelling, the program incorporates four key areas of teaching:
- Phonemic awareness: the ability to work with phonemes (sounds).
- Synthetic phonics: phonics instruction that involves teaching phoneme–grapheme (letter relationships.
- Morphology: knowledge of the meaningful parts of words: prefixes, suffixes, and Greek and Latin roots.
- Etymology: understanding of word origins and history.For more information please visit: Soundwaves website
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).
Please click on the link on how you can support your childs writing skills: VCOP Parent Information Booklet Everyone Can Write
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