At Mount Waverley Primary School, our curriculum is based on the Victorian Curriculum. This sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.
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Our whole school approach to literacy assists our students in developing a life-long love of learning whilst developing Literacy skills. The daily Literacy Block incorporates two hours of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
During literacy sessions, students develop their understanding and skills through a variety of small group, whole group and individual instruction, designed to cater for specific learning needs whilst encouraging each and every student to become independent readers and writers. CAFÉ charts in each room provide focuses for reading sessions on Comprehension, Accuracy. Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary.
Our whole school approach to spelling utilises the THRASS model. It is a method that allows children to become aware of the link between phonemes (sounds) and graphemes (spelling choices). They learn that when spelling they need to convert the phonemes (sounds they hear) to spelling choices and when reading they transfer the spelling choices to the sounds they make. Each classroom has a large THRASS chart and each pair of classrooms has a set of hand held THRASS charts to give the teachers a tool for explicitly teaching the skills.
We are also committed and are committed to continuing to support staff in ongoing professional learning and the establishment of best practice in literacy.
Reading Recovery is a program that provides an additional opportunity for children whose literacy skills are slow to develop. At Mount Waverley, Reading Recovery is available for selected Year One students who, after their first formal year of schooling, are experiencing difficulties with reading and writing. Students receive a thirty-minute individual lesson each day from a specially trained teacher in addition to the regular classroom literacy program. Reading Recovery accelerates student learning and provides intensive teaching for a period of up to twenty weeks. The Reading Recovery teacher identifies the needs of each child and designs an individualised series of lessons that will assist them to develop the skills and strategies necessary to become successful readers and writers.
English as an Additional Language
Students who are new arrivals from a non-English speaking country are supported to learn English in the classroom. In addition to the classroom programs, eligible students participate in small group specialist sessions to develop their English language competence and improve their learning outcomes throughout the curriculum to a level where they can fully participate in school activities.
At Mount Waverley Primary School we have have a whole school approach to the development and delivery of a comprehensive mathematics program designed to foster and promote the numeracy skills, understandings and strategies of all our students.
We aim to equip students with the mathematical strategies necessary for their school life and real world contexts and appreciate that mathematics is an essential and relevant part of life. The areas covered are based on the following Maths Dimensions as identified in the AusVELS Maths Domain: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. These three areas are formally reported on twice a year in accordance with department (DEECD) guidelines.
The school ensures that each class dedicates at least one hour to Mathematics every day.
Our daily Mathematics program follows the ‘whole-part-whole’ strategy. This approach includes a warm up to promote mathematical fluency, a whole class activity, explicit teaching of concepts and understandings, and opportunities to apply knowledge to problem solving situations. Children take part in focussed teaching groups, complete independent, partner or group work and are involved in roving conferences with their teacher. Each Mathematics session is concluded with an opportunity to reflect on learning and to share successful strategies.
Through the provision of a differentiated curriculum, students work according to their abilities and specific learning needs to understand the mathematical concepts required to effectively solve real life and open ended problems through hands on tasks and investigations.
Manipulatives allow students to connect mathematical ideas to physical objects thus leading to a deeper understanding. At Mount Waverley Primary School, every classroom is extremely well resourced with high quality equipment which students use regularly to support their learning.
Technology plays a large role in our Mathematics curriculum, iPads, laptops and interactive whiteboards are used regularly as tools to support mathematics learning. Each child has access to the Mathletics program, a fun educational website that they can use both at home and at school to support their development.
Teachers reflect on their practice through interaction with their Professional Learning Team colleagues and continue on-going professional development to enhance a high level of knowledge in catering for all students
At Mount Waverley Primary School we have a strong commitment to digital learning. Students in Years Prep to 2 have access to a bank of laptops to enable weekly skills sessions. They also have laptops and iPads to use as part of their class programs. Students in Years 3 to 6 have lessons on an individual, group and whole class basis as the need arises.
Students in our Year 4 to 6 classes have to opportunity to participate in our 1:1 computing program. The laptops are used to support and extend the class programs. The students engage in a variety of activities, using a range of software and peripherals. Digital Learning is integrated across all areas of the primary school curriculum where skills are developed within the curriculum and not taught in isolation.
We strongly believe that students benefit by using software that they control and not computer programs to which they merely respond. We have selected applications which are used to support the development of learning outcomes across the curriculum and to engage the students in collaborative, co-operative and problem solving activities. Multimedia is particularly beneficial in the development of higher order thinking skills and in allowing for different learning styles.
Each class has a blog, or weblog, in which teachers and students reflect on experiences. Email and collaborative documents using both Office 365 and Google apps are used throughout the school, appropriately for the students’ needs.
1 to 1 Computing
At Mount Waverley Primary School we have recognised that we must remain at the forefront of maximising the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in our classrooms. Proudly over the past four years, the school has invested significant time and financial support into developing a successful 1:1 laptop program. This innovative program was driven by the need to not only adapt to the Australian Curriculum, but also to continue to increase student engagement and student learning outcomes.
The Victorian Curriculum integrates ICT throughout English, Mathematics and other domains. It is therefore critical that our school’s leadership team and staff continue to advocate for, and use technology, to broaden the learning of their students.
Mount Waverley Primary School is privileged to be a pilot school of the New Pedagogies Project. This program has focussed on creating ‘deep learning experiences’ in which technology can facilitate. We firmly believe that the 1:1 program enables students to engage in real life learning experiences which engage them and create exciting new possibilities for all involved.
An eSmart school is a school where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communications technology is a cultural norm. Students, teachers and the wider school community are equipped to embrace the best these technologies can offer, while being savvy about the pitfalls.
To insure that our students are competent and safe users of new and emerging technology, we are committed to implementing a program which educates our students in the safe, responsible and ethical use of the internet and social networking.
As such, we have developed an eSmart curriculum for the students and teachers to use. We provide parent information through the school newsletter and provide opportunities for staff professional development. We are working towards becoming an eSmart school