Learning

Mount Waverley Heights provides high quality instruction and learning programs with the aim to provide every child the opportunity to develop to his/her maximum potential in a supportive yet challenging environment. Setting high expectations and standards, collaboratively sharing great practice and ongoing professional learning for all staff helps to develop consistent approaches and innovative practices.

Teachers at Mount Waverley Heights strive to meet the individual learning needs of all students by considering the knowledge, interests and abilities students bring to a learning context, the key skills and content of the area being taught (AusVELS), how the students will be organised for learning (individual, cooperative groups, interest) and the ongoing assessment strategies that help inform the teaching and learning cycle.

Through explicit teaching of learning, the utilisation of inquiry techniques, using student’s interests, ideas and passions and providing a safe and secure learning environment which encourages risk taking and creative thinking, we are able engage students in their learning.

REACH – LEARNING and TEACHING FRAMEWORK

The REACH – Teaching and Learning Framework recognises our need to develop a common understanding about what constitutes high quality instruction to ensure high quality learning experiences occur for every student, in every classroom, every day. This framework describes what effective teachers say and do to engage students in rigorous and successful learning and provides teachers with an instruction process to apply to their literacy and numeracy teaching and planning.

Each component of REACH is based on evidence of effective teaching and learning, however, bear in mind that one stage is not more important than the other and the framework does not endeavour to encompass the many facets that make up quality teaching and learning.

Want to know more? Download the pdf below.

Curriculum

 

Students in Victorian schools learn English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Health & Physical Education, the Arts, Languages and Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The Victorian Curriculum Foundation-10 (F-10) sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years if schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards
http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) – a nationwide test that assesses the skills of students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in the areas of reading, writing, language conventions and numeracy.

http://www.nap.edu.au

Learning Areas

The Arts

• Dance
• Drama
• Media Arts
• Music
• Visual Arts
• Visual Communication Design

English

Health & Physical Education

The Humanities

• Civics and Citizenship
• Economics and Business
• Geography
• History

Languages

Mathematics

Science

Technologies

• Design and Technologies
• Digital Technologies

Capabilities

Critical and Creative Thinking

Ethical

Intercultural

Personal and Social

Specialist Programs

Physical Education and Sport

Physical Education lessons occur weekly and develop skills in movement & co-ordination, to promote the acquisition of healthy behaviours and relationships. At Years 5 and 6, students are also involved in interschool sport. Students at all year levels experience swimming lessons as a part of the curriculum.

Japanese

During this weekly session students are taught the basics of the Japanese oral and written language and are involved in cultural activities. Using the polycom system, students have the opportunity to talk to students in Japan about their schooling and life. Taiko drumming is an additional program offered for students in Years 5/6.

Visual Arts

All students attend a Visual Arts session each week. They develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpting, construction and art appreciation.

 

Performing Arts

This program provides specific teaching in the expressive arts and develops skills in performance & appreciation. Students are provided with contexts to celebrate and demonstrate their developing skills through a range of concerts and school productions. The school choir is a supplementary program offered for students interested in this area.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

A range of activities or programs are offered to enhance students experiences at school.

Some of the extra-curricular activities include, but are not limited to…

 

  • Art Club
  • Buddies Program (Prep & Year 6)
  • Camping Program (Year 1/2-overnight sleepover and Year 3-6 camps)
  • Chess Club
  • Choir
  • CyberSmart Program
  • Dance Club – Hip Hop
  • EAL (English As Another Language) Program
  • John Monash Big Scientist/Little Scientist Program
  • Instrumental Music
  • Lego Club
  • Library Lunchtime
  • Literacy Intervention and Support Programs – Reading Recovery & Bridges
  • Mathletics
  • Mathematical Olympiad
  • Pre-school Connections – Literacy and Science Programs
  • Scholastic BookClub
  • School Production
  • Somers Camp
  • STAR Program
  • Study Ladder Program
  • Swimming Program
  • Sustainability Program
  • Student Representative Council
  • Taiko Drumming
  • University of NSW Competitions

Wellbeing

We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe and secure and to learn without interruption. At Mount Waverley Heights we work very hard in getting to know all students and building quality relationships so that we know student’s academic, social and emotional learning needs and capabilities.

Our school purpose : Providing a safe and stimulating learning environment, rich in values, where confidence, personal responsibility, respect and inclusiveness are fostered.

We successfully received a grant, which will enable us to continue to strengthen our wellbeing practices, by becoming involved in the ‘School Wide Positive Behaviours Support (SWPBS)’ network. SWPBS is a framework that guides selection, integration and implementation of the best evidence based academic and behavioural practices for improving academic and behaviour outcomes for all students.

More information about this initiative can be found at http://www.pbis.org

Sustainability

 

The sustainability student group meets regularly to promote activities, events and behaviours that encourage sustainable practices. These include managing our school vegetable garden and encouraging others to appropriately recycle waste paper, containers, newspapers, cardboard, assisting with the recycling program, encouraging sustainable practices E.g. Nude Food, etc.

Inquiry

Through Inquiry processes students investigate concepts such as…

Even Year:
Identity, Sustainability, Social Justice and Creativity.

Odd Year:
Community, Change, Necessity and Curiosity

What is Inquiry?

“Inquiry is a systematic investigation or study into a worthy question, issue, problem or idea.”

http://galileo.org/teachers/designing-learning/articles/what-is-inquiry/

These concepts engage students in the big ideas allowing them to explore significant, robust and challenging themes which connect students with the emotional terrain around a topic and promote action. They provide a vehicle through which students can explore ethical issues that, in turn, support the development of a deeper understanding of themselves, others and the world in which they live. Students not only develop an awareness of an issue but the choice to pursue their learning pathway and to create, devise, assist or solve an issue that they are passionate about to improve their world, country, community, family, school. Students develop a sense of self efficacy in knowing that they can do something to better a situation and in so develop their own learning and leadership capabilities. Their learning links to ethical behaviour and intercultural understandings that promote acceptance while at the same time celebrating difference. Students are encouraged to question and consider various options. Inquiry involves challenging ones understandings, thoughts and beliefs and requires teachers to be looking for opportunities to make worthwhile curriculum connections.

Students are given genuine choices about what they will learn, how they will inquire and how they will show what they know. Students come away from it with new, deeper understandings and new questions. Inquiry connects learning across the curriculum exploring science, the humanities, health, sustainability, etc. These units are designed to provide opportunities for students to learn content and skills required for 21st Century learners.

Interschool Sport

Interschool Sport is played on Fridays. Mount Waverley Heights Primary School is a member of the Syndal District School Sports Association. Students participate in a range sports such as tee-ball, softball, rounders, T20 cricket, soccer and netball. The Athletics carnival, cross country, swimming carnival and basketball round robin played during the year are also highlights of the interschool sport calendar.

Interschool Sport provides students with an opportunity to develop and refine their skills in particular sports. Students enjoy participating in interschool sport as they develop the valuable life skills of ‘fair play’, sporting etiquette and sportsmanship.

Camping Program

 

We have a sequential camping program beginning with a ‘late stay/sleep over’ at school for our Year 1 and 2 students. The students return to school for a games afternoon focussed on developing ‘teamwork’ skills before enjoying dinner together, whereby the Year 1 students are collected by their parents. Then the Year 2 students have a movie night before settling down for the night at the school.

Our Year ¾ students participate in a 3 day – 2 night program alternating between an adventure style camp (Phillip Island) and a curriculum based camp (Gundiwindi).

Our Year 5/6 students are challenged by a 5 day-4 night program alternating once again between a trip to our Capital City (Canberra) and our environmental/sustainability camp to Narmbool.

We are very fortunate to have our wonderful staff and parent community who support and attend these programs, making them an invaluable experience for all.

Camp Photos