The Australian Curriculum is the foundation on which the learning program is based. Students study each of the Learning Areas: English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Technologies, Health and Physical Education and Languages. The language studied in Primary is Japanese. The learning program also integrates other parts of the Australian Curriculum, such as the General Capabilities (for example, the Personal and Social Capability).
In general, learning is organised into English, Math and Integrated/Inquiry Units. The Integrated/Inquiry Unit merges appropriate Learning Areas together in order for students to study a particular concept or follow an inquiry approach to answer an essential question. This ensures that learning is meaningful, engaging, relevant and real-world.
The learning program consists of online lessons, follow up work, library assemblies and face to face events. Students may also be allocated support sessions where necessary.
Teachers differentiate the teaching and learning program to allow all students to access the curriculum. Teachers are a key support person for your child and their education. We work closely with you and the Student Wellbeing Team and are available via phone, email and face to face.
After Induction, students are placed in a class. Classes are organised by year levels, and generally do not exceed 8-9 students. Some classes are taught by a team of 2 teachers. Daily lessons are taught online using a program called Webex. Students are required to participate in all scheduled lessons and activities.
In order to allow students access to the full curriculum, students complete follow up work outside of online lesson times. Together with the online lessons, this makes up the equivalent of a school day. Follow up activities could consist of practicing/consolidating learning that took place during the online lesson, research tasks and/or projects, or a Flipped Learning approach where students are supported to learn specific content. Students who are in Reception to Year 2 or still consolidating their reading skills may also have daily set tasks to practice and develop their literacy.
Teachers post this work on a platform for students to access (e.g. Day Map, Moodle or Google Classroom) and often this platform also allows students to upload any completed work samples. The Supervisor plays a key role in supporting students to access and complete this work.
To support a successful learning program, students will need to be supervised through their daily tasks by a designated adult. This is often a parent or guardian. It is encouraged that Supervisors sit with students or are on-hand during online lessons to support where needed. They also play a key role in supporting students to access, complete and submit follow up work. The relationship and communication between the teacher and Supervisor is very effective at supporting students in their learning.
Our language is Japanese. Students studying Japanese will have 1 lesson per week with a specialist language teacher, and will receive follow up work to consolidate and practice their learning. The language teacher and class teacher work together to support students.
Student learning is reported on each term. Reports and supporting information is available on Day Map, including student attendance. All families are issued with a Day Map login upon enrolment. Teachers will also provide ongoing feedback in different ways. This may be during or after online lessons, via email or phone, on various platforms such as Google Classroom or Seesaw, or during face to face events.
Students are encouraged to take part in face to face events. We regularly schedule excursions and Come in Days where students participate in hands-on activities related to their current learning program. We also run camps for students and parents. Not only do these activities provide an educational focus, they are an opportunity for students to interact and socialise with their teachers and peers in a supportive environment.
Home visits form an important part of the program. Teachers aim to visit each student in their home (or negotiated meeting place) at least once per year or as needed. These visits are an opportunity to connect face to face with students in their home learning environment, establish and build upon relationships and support you with any issues that have arisen.
If students enrol throughout the year (i.e. after Week 1 of Term 1) they are placed in an Induction Class for 1-2 weeks to study how to learn online. Induction Class is generally a small group environment; classes range from 2-7 students. Students are introduced to our platforms and programs and practice using them effectively to be a successful online learner. This is also an important learning opportunity for your child’s Supervisor. The Induction Class teacher will spend the time getting to know your child, their learning dispositions and level. This information is used to place the child in the appropriate class. The Induction Class teacher will support the student (and parent/s or guardian/s) to access their new class and will introduce their new teacher/s.
Last updated: 14 November 2019