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Curriculum

our focus

Our focus is to develop knowledge and skills in students through authentic and relevant experiences, where the learning areas and capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum are integrated. 

These experiences include a focus on STEM education, plus a variety of specialised curriculum offerings such as Music, Visual Arts, Physical Education and Indonesian language skills.

We embrace a blend of explicit instruction and the 5E learning approach to provide exceptional education that supports the development of the WHOLE CHILD.

our programs

InitiaLit

What is InitiaLit?

InitiaLit is an evidence-based whole class literacy program which will provide all children with the essential core knowledge and strong foundations to become successful readers and writers. InitiaLit teaches children how to read and spell through daily lessons, using research-based teaching methods. It also uses a range of engaging storybooks to develop children’s vocabulary and oral language.

What does InitiaLit do?

InitiaLit teaches children that words are made up of sounds and that those sounds are represented by letters. Unlike learning to talk, which children do without formal instruction, children need to be directly taught the relationship between sounds and letters. In InitiaLit children will build upon the knowledge of the alphabetic code that they gained in their first year of schooling (Foundation). They will learn that a letter or letters can make different sounds, and that two or three letters together can make a sound. They will also learn key terminology such as ‘vowel’, ‘syllable’, ‘phoneme’, ‘grapheme’, and ‘digraph’.

The Sound Way

What is the Sound Way?

The Sound Way is a sequentially developed system for mastering the rules and skills of English. It is a step-by-step process that develops key phonetic knowledge for digraphs, trigraphs and diphthongs. 

 

What does the Sound Way do?

The Sound Way teaches the 45 sounds (phonemes) that comprise English words and the 75 ways there are of representing these sounds on paper (phonograms).

 

Fountas and Pinnell

What is Fountas and Pinnell?

Fountas and Pinnell is a tool for assessment, planning and teaching. It describes a continuum for learning text characteristics and behavioural goals for thinking within the text, thinking beyond the text and thinking about the text.

What does Fountas and Pinnell do?

 

Fountas and Pinnell breaks reading skills into distinct interdependent skills to be taught. With this program students will learn:

  • monitoring and self correction
  • solving words
  • maintaining fluency
  • adjusting
  • summarising
  • predicting
  • making connections
  • synthesising
  • inferring
  • analysing
  • and critiquing. 

 

 

The Big Write & VCOP

What is the Big Write and VCOP?

The Big Write and VCOP is designed to bring the fun back into writing, to make the children want to write and to be continuously challenged throughout the writing journey. Through games, activities, writing tasks, conversations and discussions, students will learn not only where their abilities lie in a fun and engaging way, but also the steps they need to take, in order to continue to improve.