At Darraweit Guim, we are a small but proud school, with a large focus on Literacy, Numeracy and our extra curriculum subjects.
In Foundation, our focuses are on naming the 26 letters of the alphabet and the numerous sounds they make, as well as the difference between a letter, a word and a sentence.
In Grade 1 &2, we are beginning to explore the CAFÉ strategies as well as developing our comprehension through questioning, visualising, and thinking aloud.
In Grades 3-6, we are focusing on the CAFE model to identify and improve all students understandings:.
E- Expand Vocabulary
French is conducted by Mrs Anders
French is an Indo-European language. It is closely related to English, due to the shared influence of Latin and to the fact that French was the official language of the English court. There are more than 1700 words that are used in both French and English languages (for example, danger, saint, magazine, tact).
In this sense, French is already partly familiar to English-speaking learners. This familiarity supports early stages of learning.
. In Foundation, we learn through games, craft, reading and writing. We also build our recognition of the 100 most common sight words.
In Grade 1 and 2 we learn about the features of different genre including recounts, narratives and procedures. Through our writing, we continue to learn about letter sounds, formation and handwriting.
In Grade 3-6, our lessons are based on the Writers Workshop, motivated by an emphasis on ‘writing as a process’, and where individual interest and choice are fundamental to students becoming independent writers.
The writing workshop is designed to offer a simple and predictable learning environment. Ideally it should occur daily for 50 to 60 minutes.
As part of our efforts to ensure that your child gets the best possible education, we are excited to announce that we will be delivering the MAPPEN Curriculum.
The MAPPEN curriculum represents approximately three hours of teaching time each week. It covers the content and skills from a different areas of the curriculum:
Term 1: Identity
Term 2: Creativity
Term 3: Change
Term 4: Sustainability
Mathematical lessons are based on the Number & Algebra strands/ Measurement & Geometry Strands and Statistics & Probability Strands from the Victorian Curriculum.
SMART Spelling is an approach that supports primary school teachers to teach spelling well. There is a clear Foundation – 6 scope and sequence that is well established in many schools. Teachers start by teaching the meaning of words to expand vocabulary and then break words into syllables, sounds and letter patterns (graphs, digraphs and trigraphs)