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Yinnar Primary Curriculum

Our Approach to Learning

Before we even mention the Curriculum offered at Yinnar Primary School, we first need to acknowledge the work of Carol Dweck, James Nottingham and Guy Claxton and the significant effect it has had on the learning at Yinnar Primary School.

Carol Dweck's work on 'Mindsets' has helped us understand the need to cultivate growth Mindsets in our children. People with a Growth Mindset believe that Intelligence is Cultivated through learning. Their priority is to become smarter through learning. They feel smart when they are engaged fully on new tasks, exerting effort, taking risks and stretching and applying skills. They avoid easy, previously mastered tasks.

Through James Nottingham's Challenging Learning we work with the five aspects of Facts:

Feedback - providing information relating to set learning that helps move students towards their learning objectives.

Application - how much students apply themselves is often a product of the value they place on the learning goal multiplied by the level of expectation they have of achieving the goal.

Challenge – underpins all the other factors. It involves helping people to overcome difficulties in a task that has been set for a purpose.

Thinking - helping children to develop conceptual capacities, powers of judgement and practical wisdom. Self esteem- involves confidence, self worth and the personal resources to work through setbacks.

We use The Learning Pit to challenge students even more than they might expect to be. The conflict and confusion generated from being 'in the pit' clarifies concepts and learning at a great level. Through Guy Claxton's 'Building Learning Power' we recognise the learning capacities or 'muscles' that all children need to develop through exercising them.

The true learner will be Resilient, Resourceful and Reflective. They will also be able to work by themselves and just as effectively with others. This is known as Reciprocity. In every lesson children are aware of which learning muscles they will need to use in their learning.

 

Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS).

At Yinnar Primary School, we offer a comprehensive curriculum based on the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). In addition to the traditional curriculum areas students develop knowledge, skills and behaviours within the interdisciplinary areas of thinking, use of ICT and communication.

 

Strand Domain

Physical, Personal and Social Learning
This strand covers:

Health and Physical Education
Interpersonal Development
Personal Learning
Civics & Citizenship

Discipline Based Learning
This strand covers:

The Arts
English
Humanities (Economics, history, geography)
Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
Maths
Science

Interdisciplinary Learning
This strand covers:


Communication
Design, Creativity and Technology
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
Thinking

 

A summary of the VELS structure can be obtained by clicking here.

The school also places great emphasis on the ability of children to read being the gateway to learning. For the past five years our grade 3and 5 Reading results have been well above state averages, whilst our Mathematics results have been in the top 20% of Victorian Primary Schools.

We have specialist teachers in Library, Art and Physical Education.

 

Progress Reports and Parent / Teacher Interviews

Major reports are issued in both Term 2 and Term 4.  An interim report is sent home at the end of term 1.

Parents should be aware that the influence that they have on their child's education, especially in the pre-school years, is vitally important to their overall development in the future. It is therefore beneficial for parents to follow-up children's work in all subject areas.

 Interviews are held in Terms 1 and 3. Parents are invited to discuss their child's progress with the teachers by making an appointment to do so at other times. Contact the teacher or the office.

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