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ENGLISH

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English is essential to all aspects of a child's development. Our students come from diverse backgrounds and bring understandings and skills that reflect their experiences in their homes and communities. Our aim is to share, strengthen and build on the language and literacy capabilities of all students to increase their ability to participate in all aspects of life, both in and beyond school.


Students participate in a two hour English block daily, where they focus on the development of reading and viewing, writing and speaking and listening skills. Each student is continually monitored and provided with explicit teaching as a whole class, in small groups and individually to ensure they are suitably challenged. 

Reading and Viewing

Our reading program draws on a range of practices and resources that allows all learners to be:

  • Text decoders - breaking the code of language 
  • Text participant - making meaning from texts (comprehension)
  • Text user - understanding the purpose and function of different texts
  • Text analyst - critically analysing texts and recognising point of view 

Successful readers utilise decoding strategies which are explicitly taught through our Write to Read Phonogram Program. This program provides a multi-sensory approach to learning phonics, where students hear, see, say and write the phonograms and words. 


Successful readers also require a range of comprehension strategies in order to make meaning and enjoy literature. Our whole school reading and viewing program utilises text and images (moving and static) to teach strategies including; predicting and activating prior knowledge, making connections, questioning, inferring, visualising, summarising and synthesising. 

Writing

Learning to write is a​​ complex process encompassing cognitive, physical, social and cultural dimension​​s and is an integral part of learning in all areas of the curriculum. Students are explicitly taught strategies for writing to assist in planning, composing, recording, revising and publishing. The writing process also includes a focus on spelling, grammar, punctuation, handwriting and learning about many different text types. Our whole school writing program is comprised of the following programs:

  • Write to Read Phonogram Program
  • VCOP Big Write
  • Seven Steps to Writing Success 

All three programs complement one another to effectively teach students how to plan, compose, record, revise and adapt their writing to suit their audience and purpose.

Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening take place throughout the entire school day, across ALL learning areas. Students recognise that speaking and listening provide opportunities to exchange information, to share and explore ideas, and to express opinions and listen to the opinions of others. They participate in discussions, conversations and presentations in small and large groups, learning to vary their speaking and listening skills to suit the context, purpose and audience.


Public speaking is an important part of the teaching and learning program and our students have developed a reputation as skilled presenters. Opportunities include debating and public speaking competitions at both school and district levels. All student leadership roles across the school involve high levels of responsibility and prepare students to present information to a wide audience.

MATHEMATICS

“Numeracy is the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that students need in order to use mathematics in a wide range of situations.” Our numeracy program is centred around providing students with hands-on experiences of mathematics that allow them to explore concepts within real world contexts. We place emphasis on developing a body of knowledge as well as developing the four proficiencies of understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning, so students can apply their mathematics thinking to contexts outside of the educational setting.  


The key aspects of our numeracy approach include:

  • Mathematical knowledge – concepts, skills and problem-solving strategies
  • Contextual knowledge – the ability to link mathematics to real-world experiences within schools and beyond
  • Strategic knowledge – the ability to ask questions critically about the application of particular mathematical knowledge
  • Tools and concrete materials - using hands-on manipulatives, online resources, graphic organisers and digital tools to support mathematical understanding
  • Positive mindsets - high expectations that all students can achieve and draw on a range of strategies to approach problems


Students are consistently monitored and assessed and learning opportunities are provided that cater for the identified needs of each student. Students receive mid and end of year reports outlining the progress of each student through the following strands of Mathematics:

  • Number and Algebra
  • Measurement and Geometry 
  • Statistics and Probability

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ASSESSMENT & FEEDBACK

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 At Mount Pleasant Road Primary School we pride ourselves on open communication with students and parents. Student learning and progress is transparent and goals are created collaboratively with students to support a continued commitment to learning. Teachers assess student progress strategically and provide learning opportunities that meet the individual needs of every student. Parents receive a mid and end of year academic report outlining their child’s progress in relation to the Victorian Curriculum. Students from Foundation to Grade Two create a hard copy portfolio containing a snapshot into their learning which is sent home at the end of every term. Students in Grades 3-6 create a digital portfolio using Seesaw where learning is uploaded in real time and available to view on the parent app. 

Reporting to Parents - timeline

Term 1:

Information Evenings

Week 3: Meet the teacher interviews - Foundation

Week 5: Student Support Group Meetings SSG

Week 7/8: Three- Way Conferences Year 1- 6

End of term: Portfolios

Term 2:

Week 5: Student Support Group Meetings

Week 10: Semester 1 Student Report Published

End of term: Portfolios (3-6 available across term)

Term 3:

Week 3 Three Way Conferences

Week 5: Student Support Group Meetings

End of term: portfolios (3-6 available across term)

Term 4:

Week 5: Student Support Group Meetings

Semester 2 Student Report Published

End of term: portfolios (3-6 available across term)

Homework

Developing independent homework habits is a valuable aspect of the learning process and contributes to the development of sound study routines.


It should be seen as a means of stimulating parental involvement in the schooling of their child through discussion and the sharing of knowledge. At the beginning of each year, teachers will establish clear, written requirements for homework and inform parents of their expectations at the Parent Information Nights. Homework can be in many forms - it might include reading, mathematics, surveys, personal writing, collecting information, experiments, discussion and gathering pictures.  


Extra reading is encouraged at all levels and in the junior classes the homework task might be 10 minutes of reading each night. In senior grades, homework should not exceed a productive 30 minutes. If you require more information, the Homework Policy is available from the school office.

GUIDED INqUIRY

Our Guided Inquiry units are designed using Mappen, an online curriculum tool which integrates Science, History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and The Capabilities (Ethical, Inter-Cultural, Personal and Social, Critical and Creative Thinking Capabilities) into eight sequential units across a two year cycle. Each term has a different focus covering the following big ideas:

  • Community
  • Sustainability
  • Social Justice 
  • Creativity
  • Identity
  • Change
  • Discovery
  • Connections


This is a wonderful opportunity for students from Foundation to Grade 6 to build on their understanding and skills while sharing their learning with the community through our learning centre showcases.

 

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DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

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At Mount Pleasant Road Primary School we see technology as a tool that allows students to access learning in interactive, engaging and real life contexts. We take pride in our efforts to use digital technology as a means of enhancing our already engaging curriculum without replacing basic skills. Every classroom has an interactive television and students in Foundation to Grade 2 have access to ipads to support our teaching and learning. 

eSmart

We have proudly been accredited as an Esmart School which involves a continued commitment to supporting our school community to be smart, safe and responsible users of technology. We have a dedicated committee of teachers and parents who ensure we have policies and procedures in place to support our students to be responsible digital citizens. 

BYOD iPad

Students in grades 3-6 participate in a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) iPad Program. iPads are fast, interactive tools that can be used to communicate and represent knowledge in many ways to a variety of audiences. They provide students with the opportunity to be effective digital learners who will become confident, creative and productive in a digital world. This 1:1 access allows students to collaborate with peers and teachers, create and problem solve in innovative ways and have access to information and resources to further support their learning. All students and parents are required to complete an Acceptable Use Agreement to participate in the BYOD program. This clearly outlines the expectations from students and the consequences for misusing technology.

Robotics and Coding

The introduction of the BYOD iPad program has facilitated the introduction of robotics at each year level from Kinder to Grade 6 and provides students with the opportunity to work collaboratively to program, problem solve, think critically and innovate. Coding and programming is integrated into several curriculum areas including Mathematics and Science and skills are built on each year through a range of plugged (coding using devices) and unplugged (can be used without a device) learning experiences.