At Nightcliff Primary the Australian Curriculum is used as the basis of all teaching and learning programs for English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts and Health and Physical Education.
In 2018 we introduced a new Maths program (Prime Maths) as a part of our Whole School Approach to Mathematics. Prime Maths is a world-class program based on top-performing Singapore, Republic of Korea and Hong Kong schools and is based on a pedagogical approach and instructional design that:
Teaches via problem solving – Students progress through different types of problem sets including word problems, non-routine problems, problem posing tasks and mathematical modelling.
Develops metacognition and mathematical thinking – Develops metacognition through mathematical communication, reasoning and justification.
Is effective, measurable and diagnostic – The Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach enables students to make meaningful connections and makes mathematical understanding deep and long lasting.
Incorporates professional learning – Comprehensive Coursework Manuals provide an overview of concepts and skills taught in each chapter and detailed lesson notes for each page of the Course books.
Uses technology to deliver innovative content.
As a school we have invested heavily in not only the purchasing of resources, also teacher training and ongoing professional learning in Prime Maths classroom strategies. We are very excited about the introduction of this new program and look forward to sharing this with you at our next opportunity.
Whole School Approaches
Over the past year our teachers have engaged in workshops with a key focus on developing our Nightcliff Primary School, ‘Whole School Approach’ to teaching and learning. The following four key points are the foundation statements in supporting our ‘Whole School Approach’ to further improve our curriculum and assessment models.
• Focused teaching: Today this means our teaching must reflect our need to move every learner to a level of mastery that allows them to compete in this new global economy.
• High Expectations: The teacher provides timely, relevant and specific feedback about progress to students and their families to encourage their continued success.
• Engaged learning: Engaged learning is the gateway to effective educational practices and student success.
• Intentionally Inviting Environment: The aim of every classroom is to provide an educational environment where all students feel safe, wanted, valued, and successful.
Literacy – Supporting your Child
What is literacy?
Literacy is the ability to read, view, write, design, speak and listen in a way that allows us to communicate effectively and to make sense of the world.
Why is literacy important?
Literacy is vital to ensuring your child has the best chance to succeed in their schooling and everyday life. Literacy allows us to make sense of a range of written, visual and spoken texts including books, newspapers, magazines, timetables, DVDs, television and radio programs, signs, maps, conversations and instructions.
Ways to support your child’s literacy development
Research has shown that children’s motivation and achievement improve when their parents or carers are involved in their education. There are many everyday things you can do to encourage literacy learning. These include:
• valuing and encouraging your child’s efforts with literacy
• sharing your knowledge and explaining how you use literacy in your everyday life
• encouraging your child to read and view a variety of texts such as newspapers, novels comics, magazines, websites, email, timetables, instructions and recipes
• encouraging your child to write and design for a variety of purposes using print and electronic resources — invitations, thank you notes, shopping lists, messages, journals and electronic slide shows
• playing games that develop knowledge and enjoyment of words
The Sound Waves phonemic approach is recognised as one of the most effective ways to teach spelling and reading skills to students. When students use Sound Waves, they are employing the most powerful teaching pedagogies for the development of literacy attainment. The Sound Waves whole-school program means students have continuity and consistency as they develop spelling skills throughout their primary school years.
With Sound Waves our students will gain a deeper understanding of how words are structured, by replacing rote learning with strategies for reading, writing and spelling. Sound Waves is not a text book, it’s a teaching program. The program is carefully designed to equip students with all the support and tools they need to become complete spellers.
If you wish to learn more about our new program please feel free to discuss this with your child’s teacher.
Australian Curriculum General Capabilities
The Australian Curriculum General capabilities will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century. There are seven general capabilities: literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT), critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding.
The capabilities’ continuum can assist teachers to cater for student diversity and personalize learning. In some instances e.g. for students with disability they can inform the development of the Education Adjustment Plan to ensure that particular learning needs are being met.
The Australian Curriculum Cross-curriculum priorities help equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to engage effectively with and prosper in a globalized world.