Specialist programmes are provided in Japanese (2 x 45 min), The Arts – Music, Dance (1 x 45min Yrs 5-7), Drama (2 x 45 min Yrs R-4/5), PE (1 x 45 min) and Science (2 x 45mins Yrs 5-7) lessons per week. Students also have another lesson once a fortnight that is aligned with Play is the Way.
The Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) document and Australian Curriculum are in use for all planning of teaching and Learning programs. Teachers work in the teams to plan using the Learning by Design model. We have a focus on Reading and have implemented a lesson uninterrupted R-7 Reading block aligning approaches that include the Big 6 and particularly Comprehension. (There is also an extra two lesson uninterrupted Literacy and Numeracy block to support the delivery of Maths and other aspects of English in each section of schooling.)
We have Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) with a current focus on Spelling improvement.
As part of partnership focus on Numeracy and Student Voice, teachers are planning together to create programs to build resilience, growth mindset, Executive Function and intellectual strength. Teachers across the partnership are also developing strategies together in the priority DECD Project of LDAM (Learning, Design, Assessment and Moderation.)