Student Learning

Overview

Skye Primary School provides high quality instruction and learning programs with the aim to provide every child the opportunity to develop to his/her maximum potential in a supportive yet challenging environment.

Our school and teachers set high expectations and standards and strive to meet the individual learning needs of all students. Our teachers consider the knowledge, interests and abilities each student brings to the learning context, the skills and content taught from the Victorian Curriculum, how we can best support our students to learn (individual, cooperative groups, small groups and whole class instruction) and the ongoing assessment strategies that help inform the teaching and learning cycle.

It is important to us to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students. We foster learning environments that support our students to think critically and creatively, to develop positive problem solving skills, and to be engaged in their own learning from Prep to Grade 6.

Literacy and Numeracy

Literacy

At Skye Primary School we believe Literacy is the foundation for effective learning across all areas of the curriculum.

In building our student’s literacy skills we follow the current dimensions within the Victorian Curriculum: Reading & Viewing, Writing, and Speaking & Listening. Within these broad areas, skills and strategies taught include:

  • Reading texts with fluency and phrasing
  • Exploring text meanings and developing the skills and ability to reflect and think critically in response texts read
  • Developing a broad range of strategies for reading
  • Writing a range of text types through active involvement in the planning, composing, editing and publishing processes of texts
  • Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Handwriting
  • Developing and demonstrating the appropriate oral language for particular audiences and occasions, including body language and voice
  • Oral language development through a wide range of activities including oral presentations and performances

Our Literacy program utilises a number of programs and strategies to support the development of our student’s learning. Including a phonemic approach to spelling, Literacy Pro, Reading Eggs, 5/6 CAFÉ Reading, and Literacy Intervention support P – 6.

Our Literacy program addresses the needs and interests of all students within the classroom through a range of individual, small group and whole class activities. Ongoing monitoring of student achievements assists teachers to identify student needs and to set goals for future learning.

Numeracy

Skye Primary School strives to create pedagogical rich classrooms that promote and develop young mathematicians, and believes that teaching mathematicians involves:

  • A developmental approach to learning and teaching
  • Learning and Teaching that builds on the needs and knowledge of the individual student – differentiation
  • Problem solving / Investigative learning experiences
  • Students in active learning processes
  • Students using hands-on materials
  • High focus on mathematical language
  • Students working in flexible groupings
  • Use of instructional games where appropriate
  • Incorporates use of ICT to help foster deeper mathematical thinking

Our Mathematics program incorporates a developmental approach to student learning where our teachers focus on students building on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, with these being revisited, strengthened and extended upon in later years in order to extend and deepen student knowledge, skills and mathematics understandings.

Our school places an emphasis on problem solving and investigative learning experiences – allowing students to ‘construct’ their understandings in a meaningful way.

Students are active partners in their learning process, involved in setting personal learning goals and self-assessment, enabling students to be involved in forming new ways of thinking about their learning and mathematics.

Inquiry Learning

At Skye Primary School we believe in developing students to be effective life-long learners who are successful, informed, motivated and productive members of the local and global community. We foster students to be able to communicate their learning in creative and effective ways to a broad audience throughout the world. Students learn through, and create with a variety of contemporary technologies.

Skye Primary School’s Inquiry Learning process aims to provide a curriculum and learning and teaching practice that ensures every young person is able to develop the foundation knowledge, skills and dispositions that enable future self-directed learning, social development and active and engaged citizenship as described in the Victorian Curriculum.

Skye Primary School believes in fostering and catering for 21st century learners through Inquiry curriculum and learning and teaching practices that:

  • Foster collaborative learning and collaborative learning environments
  • Develop strong relationships between students and students, students and teachers, and teachers and teachers
  • Foster critical and creative thinking and design
  • Nurtures connected learning communities
  • Utilises and maximises ICT in fostering creative thinking and creative problem solving
  • Foster and develop successful interpersonal and personal learning skills
  • Foster active connected citizenship to and through local community involvement and global interactions

Our Grade Prep – 6 Inquiry learning assists and enables students to develop values, dispositions and independent learning skills to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens.

Specialist Programs

Physical Education

All students have the opportunity to participate in weekly physical education lessons. These focus on building coordination and developing a better understanding of healthy behaviours.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts is a Specialist program where children attend one hourly weekly sessions. We run an engaging, fun and hands-on art program which is taught from Prep to Grade 6. The children explore a range of work, techniques and styles from different artists to help inspire their own creativity. The visual arts program focuses on the exploration of techniques, mediums, artists and art styles to give the students a wide range of skills.

 

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts program at Skye Primary School has a main focus on music but also incorporates some dance, drama and ICT. Students in Grades Prep to Two have weekly Performing Arts Lessons where they are given the opportunity to explore, singing, dancing and drama. Activities are based on a different theme each term such as Australia, Rock and Roll, Multicultural Music, Theatre Musicals, Classical Music, Weather and Fairytales. Students learn to play percussion instruments, xylophones, keyboards and ukuleles to accompany different songs. ICT is incorporated into the classroom with the use of the interactive whiteboard to learn about musical elements.

Science

The science program at Skye Primary School is hands-on and activity based to engage all students. Current research shows that the likelihood of a student choosing science subjects in high school and then pursuing a career in science, is strongly correlated to them having an enjoyable and engaging science experience back in primary school. But although we are determined to have fun, we can also learn a lot of science along the way. Our science program is focused on developing self-directed researchers who competently and confidently use inquiry and problem solving skills to make informed evidence based decisions.

 

Auslan

Students in Prep to Grade Two participate in weekly Auslan lessons. Auslan is a visual and spatial language that incorporates a mix of facial expressions and hand signs.

ICT

Extra Curricular

A range of activities or programs are offered to enhance students’ experiences at school. Some of the extra-curricular activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Camping Program (Year 2-overnight sleepover and Year 3-6 camps)
  • Choir
  • Somers Camp
  • Gymnastics
  • Archery
  • Swimming
  • Skye Footy League
  • Skye Big Bash League
  • House Athletics
  • Skye Sonics Basketball
  • Pets Club
  • Resident Artist (Grade 6)
  • STOMP
  • Lunchtime Activities
  • Instrumental Music

Camping Program

Camping Program Our school has a sequential camping program that begins in Grade Two where students participate in a school sleepover. This “camping program” supports students to build relationships in preparing students for camp the following year.

In Grades Three and Four students are able to attend alternating adventure style camps for 2 nights and 3 days. Both the camps offer students a range of exciting and challenging activities that promote independence and teamwork, develop confidence and build relationships.

Once students are in Grades Five and Six they have the opportunity to attend Camp Rumbug where they participate in adventurous activities but the highlight is a day long trek to Wilson’s Prom where they explore the beautiful sights Wilson’s Prom has to offer.

Student Leadership Council

Students have unique perspectives on learning, teaching, and schooling, and should have the opportunity to actively shape their own education. Student voice is students actively participating in their schools, communities and the education system, contributing to decision making processes and collectively influencing outcomes by putting forward their views, concerns and ideas. Student voice allows students to engage, participate, lead and learn. At Skye Primary School our students have the opportunity to be a part of the Student Leadership Council where they can help shape our school and develop positive relationships with the broader community. The Student Leadership Council has been a part of the following:

  • All school assemblies are run by the Student Leadership Council where they
    • Present student awards
    • Give reports on recent sporting events
    • Introduce guest speakers
  • Assist in fundraising
  • Represent the school at the Seaford RSL for an ANZAC Day services
  • SLC members are used actively in seeking feedback from our students in how we can improve our school
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