Being a Learner
Literacy and Numeracy
Students at Baranduda participate in a wide variety of activities to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Each class is committed to two hours of Literacy per day and this is referred to as the Literacy block. Students are involved in reading and writing as a whole class and in smaller teaching groups.
During the reading hour, teachers work with small groups on specially selected text matched to the student’s learning needs. Students not working with the teacher are engaged in learning centres designed to consolidate and extend Literacy understandings.
The writing session begins with a modelled or shared writing activity during which the teacher works with the class to construct a short passage of text. Spelling strategies and grammar can be a teaching focus during these sessions. Children then move to independent writing activities while the teacher retains a small teaching group to work with briefly, before roaming the larger group to work with particular students. The class then meets as a whole for a share time to review the lesson and discuss their learning.
Listening and Speaking activities are integrated in the reading and writing blocks. Students participate in a variety of activities such as sharing news, class discussion, tape stories, working in cooperative groups and reader’s theatre.
We aim to ensure that all students are numerate and are able to use mathematics effectively in everyday life.
To promote involved learners, we immerse the children in mathematics in the areas of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. When teaching mathematics we consider the previous mathematical knowledge and understandings of the child and acknowledge that these form the foundations for the learning of new mathematical concepts and language. So that all children develop a positive attitude towards maths we recognise individual needs and structure lessons so that all children are able to achieve success at different rates.
All students in Years 3 and 5 complete NAPLAN (National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy), and these processes add rigour and further insights to comprehensive assessments undertaken at school.
Together with attention to “basic” skills involving a variety of mathematics, children are given a positive foundation for progress and enjoyment of Mathematics at secondary school and beyond.
Additional assistance pathways are established for those students identified as being at risk. Teachers and parents form a home school support group consisting primarily of the parent and the class teacher. Together they develop an Individual Learning Improvement Plan. This plan includes the review of the student’s progress and the establishment of learning goals. School and home activities are discussed and listed.
The focus of these groups can range from developing speaking and listening skills, reading or writing and groups are formed on a needs basis.
An integral component of our Literacy and Numeracy Programs are home/school partnerships to improve student Literacy learning. A Classroom Helpers program is run to develop understandings of Literacy and Numeracy learning and ways to assist both in the classrooms and at home. At Baranduda Primary School, parents are encouraged to join in class activities at all times as an integral part of the classroom program and to provide daily support at home.
A focus on thinking exists throughout the school day in all areas of learning. Teachers work to develop deeper understanding through the following:
The Visual and Performing Arts curriculum at Baranduda Primary School is developed through the provision of Visual Art and Music programs that are taught by classroom teachers.
Our major performing arts event for the year is our school concert that all families and community members are encouraged to attend.
All classes participate in weekly Science lessons that are facilitated by a specialist Science teacher. Students participate in a range of hands on and theoretical lessons that develop their understanding of scientific processes and the world around them.
In addition to the specialist Science classes, students also participate in weekly Physical Education lessons facilitated by a specialist Physical Education teacher. These lessons are further enhanced by additional sport sessions undertaken by classrooms. All students have the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting events including but not limited to athletics, swimming, Cross Country and interschool sports.
Languages other than English (LOTE): Baranduda Primary offers students the opportunity to learn AUSLAN as a second language. The program focus is on commonly used words, phrases and methods of communication.