Our Curriculum

Our school prides itself on being able to develop individualised programs for the diverse range of our students' needs. We offer individual and small group programs including maths and language intervention as well as social skills. We have a whole school focus on developing our students’ oral language capacity. We are recognised as a school that strongly supports our ESL students who make up a significant proportion of our school poulation respectively.

The Victorian Essential Learning Standard (VELS)

The school has implemented the new curriculum framework through the Essential Learning Standards. A summary of the VELS structure can be obtained by clicking here.

At Elizabeth Street Primary School our curriculum is based around The Essential Learning Standards.This curriculum is focused on what is essential for all students to achieve from prep to year 6.  The Learning Standards provide a framework for planning the whole school curriculum by setting out standards for students to achieve in core areas.
To ensure that the school develops students in these areas the curriculum is set out in these 3 core areas:

Strand Domain

Physical, Personal and Social Learning
This strand covers:

Health and Physical Education
Interpersonal Development
Personal Learning
Civics & Citizenship

Discipline Based Learning
This strand covers:

The Arts
English
Humanities (Economics, history, geography)
Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
Maths
Science

Interdisciplinary Learning
This strand covers:


Communication
Design, Creativity and Technology
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
Thinking

Our teachers also do considerable joint planning and have developed a two year cycle integrated curriculum.

Reporting to Parents and Parent - Teacher Interviews

All students receive two reports per year. A teacher or parent may request interviews at any time of year if/when required.

Report 1: Mid year (end of term 2) detailed report identifying individual achievements and/or areas of improvement, in relation to the standards set by the Education Department.
Report 2: End of year detailed report also identifying individual achievements and/or areas of improvement, in relation to the standards set by the Education Department.

Parent - Teacher Interviews are held at the end of term one.

Perceptual Motor Program (PMP)

The Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) operates in our Prep, one and two classes during Term 2 and 3, twice a week, as a strategy to assist the development of children's gross motor skills and therefore assist with the development of fine motor skills, essential in the learning of reading and writing.

Computers

Computers are a key aspect of the school program. The school is well equipped in this area having computers in each classroom. In addition, banks of Laptops and Netbooks have been recently purchased for grade use.
The school is committed to maintaining, upgrading and expanding hardware systems and software.

Homework

Homework encourages children to be responsible for their own learning. It fostesr good study habits and helps to develop lifelong learning. Homework also compliments and reinforces classroom learning.

The following time allocations apply:

• Prep to Year 4 not to exceed 30 minutes each school day none for weekends or holiday period
• Year 5 to 6 around 30 to 45 minutes daily, to a maximum of 225 minutes per week. This may include weekends.
Our school policy is available upon request.

 

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