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: Connections
F-2: Students will learn about the lives of people in the past as they interview a person from an older generation. They will consider the importance of places to people in their community and people from different cultures.
3-6: Students will learn about different environments, climate zones and natural vegetation. They will learn about Australia's neighbouring countries and about changes caused by adding and removing heat.
Term 2: Discovery
F-2: Students consider sources of light and how to create shadows. They will build instruments and use their bodies as they experiment with making sounds. Students will work towards presenting a production using puppets and sounds.
3-6: Students will be engaged in the practical application of physics and programming. They will learn how forces can be exerted on one object by another as they design and build a balloon powered car. Students will learn how to create simple programs using Scratch.
Term 3: Community
F-2: Students will learn about the services in their community. They will consider sustainable practices as they design and construct model buildings for a precinct in their community.
3-6: Students will learn about the values of Australian democracy and the key features of the electoral process. They will learn about the responsibilities of the three levels of government. Students will learn about the Stolen Generations and the fight for equal rights in Australia.
Term 4: Social Justice
F-2: Students will be immersed in the food, games, music and traditions of different cultures. They will explore the meaning of traditions as they build objects and experience cultural traditions.
3-6: Students learn about social justice issues experienced by people with disabilities. They learn about the role that rules and laws play in our community as they share their opinions about existing laws.
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)