Students in the Upper Primary School begin each day with Morning Circle time, where students ‘check in’ using the Zones of Regulation model, and review aspects of the days learning. Throughout every day, social skills are reinforced using positive unconditional regard (including allowing students to have a ‘fresh start’ each day), raffle tickets and both tangible and intangible prizes at the end of the week, as well as intrinsic positive reinforcement. Students will regularly reflect and focus upon our school values of ‘Being Kind to self, others and the environment’, with these values being incorporated into every aspect of the school day.
Within our teaching and learning, our staff have a relentless focus on considering and incorporating student interests into learning opportunities as we work towards maximising student engagement. Our aim is to provide our students with a sense of control and ownership over their work, as they work towards developing their independent investigative and communicative skills.
Within the Upper Primary School, our students are exposed to many various discipline areas of investigation and learning throughout the year. Such areas include English, Maths, Personal & Social Capabilities, History, Science, Health & Physical Education, Visual Art, Performing Art and Life Skills. Students also participate weekly in the Oz Harvest’s Feast Program. The function of this program is to teach practical life and kitchen skills and expose students to ingredients and recipes they may not have encountered before.
Within our literacy program, much of our reading work circulates around decoding commonly used English words, common letter blends such as th, sh, ch, str, etc., and both shared and independent reading to build stamina. In writing, we educate our students as to how to form letters properly, as well as constructing sentences which utilise the correct grammar and punctuation. Within our numeracy program, much of our focus is on counting and place value. For those students that are beyond this learning, introduction to learning such as counting beyond 20, placing numbers on a number line, adding one- and two-digit numbers, and identifying number patterns is investigated. As with all subject investigations, we cater to all students point of need.