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CURRICULUM – WHAT WE TEACH

 
Teachers will be planning, teaching, assessing and reporting using both the South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability (SACSA) framework and the Australian Curriculum. 
 
Currently we structure our curriculum over 8 Learning Areas:
 
The Arts Health & Physical Education
English Design & Technology
Language – Spanish Mathematics
Science Humanities and Social Science–Geography, History
 
In the transition from the SACSA framework to the Australian Curriculum, the timeline for reporting is as follows:
 

PEDAGOGY – HOW WE TEACH

Teachers will be using the Teaching For Effective Learning Framework as a guide to ensuring that we design learning opportunities that create safe conditions for rigorous learning, help develop expert learners and personalise and connect learning to students’ needs and abilities.
 
If you have any queries about the alignment of what and how we teach, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
 

LITERACY AND NUMERACY ASSESSMENTS

Students are assessed each year using a variety of standardised tests in Literacy (Spelling and Reading) and Mathematics. Running Records are taken for children in Years R-2 and NAPLAN testing takes place for Years 3, 5 and 7 students. This facilitates ongoing monitoring of progress and intervention if required. Individual progress is reported and helps to ensure that every student is extended to their full potential. 
 
Formal written reports are given to parents twice yearly.
 

SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES

A variety of specialist support personnel within the Department for Education and Child Development are available to assist students, parents and teachers. These include the School Dental Service, Psychologists, Special Education Teachers, Speech Pathologists and Behaviour Management personnel.
 
Should you feel that extra assistance is needed in any area or aspect of your child’s education, please contact the teacher or Principal so that the relevant service can be contacted. These specialist personnel assist the school in the planning and development of school programmes to meet the individual needs of our students.
 
Our school also employs support personnel to work on an individual basis within the classroom with students who are experiencing learning difficulties.
 

MUSIC

The school offers private instrumental tuition for piano, drums, guitar and singing. Students are able to attend arranged lessons during school times. Details are on a separate sheet in the enrolment pack. There is also a Year 5 – 7 choir that participates in the annual Primary Schools Festival of Music and performs regularly within the local community.
 

LIBRARY

The library collection is aimed at assisting with curriculum development and implementation by being supportive in all areas of the curriculum and, in particular, aims to:
  • foster an enjoyment of reading and a love of literature by keeping children and staff in touch with a wide range of children’s literature
  • provide resource material which supports all curriculum areas 
  • house an appropriate collection of staff resources. 
The Library is open from 8.30am – 4.00pm daily. Children have weekly library lessons and are encouraged to borrow regularly. Parents are more than welcome to come in with their children to assist with borrowing. The Library has many exciting events during the year, such as Book Week and hosting visiting authors. The Adelaide Hills Mobile Library also visits fortnightly for students to access.
 
From time to time parent assistance is required to process new books. Any time that can be given by parents is appreciated as it improves the service that the library can offer to the students.
 

HOMEWORK

School policy allows homework to be set at the discretion of the teacher according to the needs of the children.
 
Reasons for giving homework are to:
  • encourage students to become self directed 
  • involve parents in a consideration of the student’s education programmes 
  • allow students to follow up school-based topics 
  • provide opportunities for students to practice specific skills 
  • reinforce or consolidate concepts presented in the school programme 
  • allow additional time to complete assignments 
  • assist in catering for students with special needs
  • develop study habits 
Communication about homework can be by way of: diaries, homework books, conversation, printed sheets  class lists/check list and electronic media.
 
This policy is predominantly about formal homework. Each class teacher will clarify their expectations with students about informal/ad hoc incidental work which involves time and resources at home.