Curriculum


Literacy at Yea Primary School

 

At Yea Primary School we believe that all students can learn to read and write. The English program is based on the Victorian Curriculum. It incorporates a daily literacy block using an Instruction Model, focusing on Explicit Instruction. Both reading and writing are part of our daily literacy block.

 

Writing sessions use our Instruction Model and address the following areas; writer’s voice, organisation, presentation, conventions, word choice, sentence fluency and ideas.

 

Speaking and Listening are as important as reading and writing and they are woven into our curriculum. Speaking and listening plays a part in reading and writing, but also in other curriculum areas such as our Kathy Walker Learning, HPE, Art and Science. Students are given opportunities for public speaking at our assemblies, during focus times in class and during Passion Projects. Students learn to speak for a range of purposes requiring a range of skills.

 

Essential elements to the program are:

  • Assessment: Continual assessment and regular one to one conferencing
  • Learning focus: Lesson focus is made explicit through the explanation of learning intentions and success criteria.
  • Explicit instruction: Whole class direct instruction using modelling techniques, digital technologies and other resources.
  • Independent Practise: Independent reading of both choice and set texts. Independent writing of both choice and set topics and text types.
  • Variety of Resources: A range of text types available through our class and school library.
  • Technology: Multi modal approach including online reading programs, studyladder use of iPads, interactive whiteboards, viewing and use of notebooks for publishing and drafting of writing.
  • Individualised learning goals: Every student has individual learning goals that are practised daily in student independent work time at school and home. 
  • Reflection: A whole class reflection and share time, as well as opportunities to practice oral language. 
  • Extension / Support programs: Additional intervention for reading and writing, students have the opportunity to access high ability programs in the upper years and are supported to work at their own level in the classroom through their personal goals.

Numeracy at Yea Primary School

 

Numeracy at Yea Primary School is guided by the Victorian Curriculum and is delivered using our schools Instructional Model. Throughout each year, students will focus on concepts within the areas of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.  Every mathematics lesson is taught consistently and daily throughout the school.

 

Essential elements to the program are:

  • Assessment: Summative and formative data-driven teaching and learning that is used to monitor and assess student learning and plan future lessons.
  • Learning focus: Lesson focus is made explicit through the explanation of learning intentions and success criteria.
  • Explicit instruction: Whole class direct instruction using modelling techniques, digital technologies and other resources.
  • Independent Practise: Time for independent practice, focused teaching groups, partner and small group work that is differentiated and targeted to individual student needs.
  • Variety of resources: Students are exposed to a wide range of manipulatives to help develop an understanding of mathematical concepts, as well as open-ended, critical thinking problem solving activities and real-life projects.
  • Technology: A variety of digital technologies to enhance learning, such as netbooks, iPads, interactive whiteboards and mathematical software.
  • Individualised learning goals: Every student have individual learning goals that are practised daily through number fluency activities.
  • Reflection: Whole class reflection and share time, as well as opportunities to discuss successful strategies and misconceptions.
  • Extension/support program: A streamed extension and/or support program is also offered for students in levels 3-6 who show advanced capabilities in all areas of mathematics.

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