North Haven Primary School

Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum underpins our curriculum at North Haven and sets the achievement standards required by all students from Reception to year 10.

  • The Australian Curriculum covers the subjects of: English, Mathematics, Science, HASS (History and Social Sciences Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business and Geography) Health and Physical Education, Japanese, The Arts - Dance, Music, Visual Arts, Media, Design Technology and Digital Technology.
  • Special needs:      The school provides an Intervention Literacy/Numeracy Support program which targets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, ESL and NESB students and students achieving under bench mark. The Literacy intervention program runs for 45 minutes per group four times a week.

     Aboriginal Education

  • Aboriginal Perspectives are taught as a Cross Curriculum Priority.

     An Aboriginal Community Education Officer supports student welfare and student learning achievement by working with teachers and parents to monitor the development of Individual Learning Plans for each Aboriginal student. The ACEO also provides information in collaboration with the Aboriginal Education Teacher that further develops students’ sense of culture, identity and wellbeing.

  • Teaching methodology:
  • The Early Years has a strong focus on developing oral language and concepts through Play based methodology. All students are immersed in literacy through literacy blocks. The “Jolly Phonics’ program is used throughout the Junior Primary to emphasise and develop phonemic awareness. Guided reading is supported through SSOs taking small groups of students. Students are assessed at six years of age for reading readiness skills. Students who are not at the expected level are provided with intervention support, four days a week for forty five minutes each day.
  • Technology is a strong focus in the Early Years with teachers focussing on the explicit teaching of Thinking Skills.
  • Thinking Skills Continuum

       Thinking Skills are explicitly taught throughout the school. All units of work are required to include specific thinking skills to provide opportunity for students to generate, organise, and evaluate their products. 

  • Enquiry based learning
  •        Enquiry based learning describes approaches to learning that are based on a process of enquiry, study, and research in which the student takes increasing degrees of responsibility for their own learning
  •        Units of work are developed around inquiry questions. Students begin their work with the consideration of a high order question. Through scaffolded learning students are guided by their teachers to progressively develop research skills to become self-directed learners.

       Students learn to identify and find answers to the questions that they need to ask and the resources that they need to draw upon in solving any given complex (often real world business problem).

  • Student assessment procedures and reporting

            Reporting timelines are recorded on the school calendar.  End of term two and four reports are given to students to take home to parents.  Parents can request interview by phone or in person with the class or subject teachers.  Parent feedback is encouraged.

Term Assessment and Reporting Schedule

1

  • Acquaintance Night for parents explaining yearly programmes
  • Three way interviews – students, parents, teachers. Development of  Individual Learning Plans including goals and action plans

2

  • Student Achievement Summary report with Australian Curriculum grades.
  • Teachers use Work Habits and Study Skills as a basis for commenting on personal   development and overall progress.

3

  • Student Conferences and exhibitions. Students, parents and teachers involved in conferences reflecting on goals and learning achievements.

4

  • Student Summative report with AC grades.  Students complete a        reflection of their learning. Teachers use Work Habits and Study Skills as a basis for commenting on personal development and overall progress.