At Carcoola Primary School we consider our most important task is to teach children effective Literacy and Numeracy skills. To achieve this we endeavour to develop challenging learning opportunities in a warm, co-operative and caring school environment. Many of our methods include hands-on, practical experiences, topics of interest, we use themes, special events, educational visits and cultural activities. Although our emphasis is on explicit, individualised learning and high achievement, there is a complementary balance of student centred learning at all year levels. Effective use of digital technology is incorporated in all aspects of the curriculum. On-going encouragement and positive feedback at all stages of learning are critical to student success.
The curriculum offers a learning framework, which enables children, at their own individual ability levels to:
- Speak, listen, read and write efficiently and effectively
- Master mathematical ideas and skills
- Appreciate their heritage and the natural world they live in
- Observe the physical world around them and gain understanding of it by posing problems
- Making investigations and drawing conclusions
- Express themselves through drama, art and music
- Be physically fit and understand the important aspects of good health
- Gain hands-on experience in information technology, enterprise and science
- Express values in their everyday lives
Students learn that there is a structure to effective writing and are taught to express themselves effectively while at the same time creativity and imagination are fostered. Children are encouraged to write daily about their ideas and experiences. Writing skills are explicitly taught at all year levels and students are expected to present their work in an organised, neat and sequential manner using the appropriate vocabulary, grammar and genre. Correct letter formations, pencil grip, posture and setting out are explicitly taught at all year levels.
The teaching of correct spelling at Carcoola is based on the explicit teaching of phonics, phonemes, syllabification and spelling “rules”. Children are taught to approach new words by deconstructing them using the skills taught. Spelling is regularly tested to ensure that high standards are maintained.
Carcoola Primary School operates the RIB-IT (Reading In Bed – It’s Terrific) home reading program from Pre Primary through to year two. It is a program aimed at encouraging all students to read regularly at home. Reading time should be about 15 to 20 minutes. Parents can encourage their children to be better readers and successful students by:
- Ensuring their child chooses a book to read in bed
- Encouraging their child to go to bed a little earlier so they can read in bed, and
- Completing the log book provided
In Years 3-6, students are encouraged to read for enjoyment as well as meaning, and use the Literacy Pro program, where they are regularly quizzed on the information gained in each book they read. They earn points for awards and prizes throughout the year.
There are 3 mathematical learning strands – Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. In Mathematics the emphasis is on understanding how our number system works and problem-solving techniques with which to find solutions to everyday problems. Explicit teaching of all new learning concepts is essential and underpins the need for regular practice of fundamental skills involving the children in automatic recall of number concepts and facts.
HASS – Humanities and Social Sciences
The HASS component of the Curriculum includews History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics.
Science lessons involves investigating, observing and handling physical objects and living things. Children make observations, record data and draw conclusions. In doing this, they develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods.
Students engage in activities where they express imagination, record creatively, construct meaning and communicate by means of aesthetic values. The Arts include Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Arts. Often these areas are interrelated by exploring and developing ideas, using skills, techniques and processes, and using Arts Languages.
Drama/Arts are encouraged at all year levels, often leading to a class or group presentation to the school or at a special event.
Languages – Indonesian
In the LOTE Learning Area students develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to communicate effectively and appropriately in Indonesian. This general capability is to be included across all areas of the Australian Curriculum and enables students to gain a wider knowledge and understanding of Asian countries and their cultures.
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
This type of noisy, exuberant classroom exemplifies what Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) schools are about. Learning is collaborative and project-based; kids work closely together in a hands-on way to solve real-world problems. STEM incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Physical Education – Sport
Physical Education classes aim to develop in all children an enthusiasm for physical activity so that they become committed to pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle. The programme is designed to improve skill development through stimulating and challenging situations with the emphasis being on the value and enjoyment of participating rather than competition.
Some school activities, mainly sporting, are organised, where children are placed in one of the following factions – DJARLMA… KAARLA… PINJAR…. New students are allocated a faction upon enrolment at school. All students are expected to wear their faction shirts and hats on Sport Days and to all sports events.
SWIMMING PROGRAM – All children in Years Pre Primary to Year 6 are able to participate in swimming lessons that run 10 lessons in one week. We also have a Swimming Carnival once a year for Years 3 to 6, and our Indigenous students are eligible to participate in the Interschool Indigenous Swimming Carnival. The lessons are arranged through the WA Department of Education. Both the lessons and the carnival are held at the Pinjarra Aquatic Centre. Transport is via a school bus service directly to the Aquatic Centre and back to the school. Parents are welcome to be assistance or spectators at the lessons and at the Swimming Carnival.
INTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES are part of the overall programme with athletics, cross-country and team sports carnivals being annual events for Pre Primary to Year 6. Some other interschool events may also be arranged between ourselves and other small schools.
SPORTS CLINICS for a variety of sporting activities are held during school time. Co-curricular sport is available in a variety of winter and summer games. Parental involvement is encouraged in sessions and is necessary at sports carnivals.
DAILY FITNESS Each day, all children will be involved in an age appropriate fitness program. This will include endurance, skills, flexibility and strength. It is essential that students wear appropriate footwear for these activities.