Curriculum

LiteracyLiteracy Focus

The English Curriculum is built around 3 interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Together, the 3 strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating. Junior School staff offer a wide range of teaching and learning experiences to maximise the outcomes for all students in Literacy by:

  • Establishing a “Literacy Lounge” where students receive small group, intensive support from a Literacy teacher and SSO’s. This also allows class teachers to work with and extend smaller numbers of students to maximise learning.
  • Having students participate in Junior School standardised testing in spelling, reading and numeracy
  • Providing students with regular reading support with older students or adults
  • Using Literacy blocks for Reception to Year 5 students in the morning with SSO’s
  • Ensuring that Literacy skills are integrated across the curriculum
  • Identifying students with high intellectual potential and providing them with extension opportunities (eg Tournament of Minds, small group extension activities)
  • Explicit teaching of Literacy skills (eg: sight words and word patterns in spelling, writing styles, genres) punctuation, comprehension and handwriting
  • Participating in basic skills testing (NAPLAN tests) in Literacy in Years 3 and 5
  • Making use of Cross-age tutoring opportunities for students in classes in reading, spelling and writing
  • Strong focus on all children being confident at speaking, listening, reading, spelling and writing
  • Students in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2read from levelled books (Reading Recovery levels 1-30) and participate in regular running records assessments.

We also have an Occupational Therapy room with equipment set up to help develop their coordination. Speech therapy is also readily available to students who need additional support in this area.

Mathematics

This curriculum area is organised around the interaction of 3 content strands:

  • Number and algebra
  • Measurement and Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability

There are 4 proficiency strands:

  • understanding
  • fluency
  • problem solving
  • reasoning

(These describe how the content is explored or developed – the “thinking” and “doing” of mathematics.)

Junior School staff offer a wide range of teaching and learning experiences to maximise the learning outcomes of all students in numeracy. Explicit teaching of maths/numeracy skills include:

  • using a process approach to learning when developing maths skills
  • A focus on children being confident mathematicians in the four processes (+, x, -, ÷)
  • Activity based lessons and the teaching of maths games to assist students on learning numeracy skills
  • Applying their mathematical knowledge to real life experiences
  • Basic skills testing in numeracy (NAPLAN tests) in Years 3 and 5
  • Cross-age tutoring activities in numeracy for younger students
  • Support for students with high intellectual potential through the numeracy extension groups and the Mathletics program
  • Remedial support for student through LAP and Special Education support
  • Integrating ICT in the maths/numeracy program: Years 3 & 5 students involved in Mathletics program
  • Providing opportunities for students to apply their mathematical knowledge when problem solving

Health and PE

This curriculum area has 2 integrated strands:

  • Personal, social and community health
  • Movement and physical activity

The 2 strands provide a balance between health related and movement related knowledge, understanding and skills. Through the Health and PE programs and participation in College sports, students:

  • Improve their personal fitness level through the Junior School daily Fitness program
  • Develop skills through lessons in daily fitness, game skills, ball skills, dance
  • Develop skills in friendship and teamwork
  • Learn about the importance of regular physical activity and a healthy lifestyle
  • Take part in the DECD Swimming Program
  • Access specialist Physical Education lessons with a specialist PE teacher
  • Are able to participate in school sports after school/on weekends
  • Develop a range of social skills and life skills through the health and well-being program
  • Participate in Junior School sports day
  • Participate in the Premier’s Be Active Challenge

Technologies

This curriculum area comprises 2 mandatory subjects:

  • Design and Technologies (knowledge and understanding)
  • Digital Technologies )processes and production skills)
  • Students are given the opportunity to:

  • Critique – questioning, identifying, exploring technologies
  • Design – exploring, generating and representing ideas, documenting and communicating the thinking behind the design/idea using a variety of methods
  • Make – developing skills and knowledge about equipment and tools and techniques. Understanding material characteristics and how they determine the material use. Developing procedures that enable safe and responsible resource management
  • Appraise – appraising, reviewing, evaluating and judging
  • Apply problem solving skills to tasks
  • Use materials in a creative way
  • Use other technologies
  • Become aware of how technologies affects their lives and their environment

Information Communication Technology

Information Communication Technology is embedded across the curriculum at Ocean View. Students have regular computer lessons with their classroom teacher as well as access to a bank of laptops to use in the classroom, in addition to specialist ICT lessons with a specialist teacher. Students learn to use the Microsoft Office Suite, including multi-tasking activities. The students are required to save and retrieve their files in order to keep track of their work. Digital photography is also utilised in student publications. Online learning in the form of learning games and programs (Supermaths, Grammar 1 and Kid Pix for example), internet access, learning objects, Webquests and problem based learning are also used to support cross curricula activities. The main computer suite and classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and data projectors which greatly improve access to digital learning resources.

Humanities and Social Sciences

This curriculum area is divided into 4 sections:
Civics and Citizenship – In Years 3 to 5:

  • Students undertake activities designed to help them understand and recognise different points of view and become more aware of different perspectives. They increasingly engage with and value learning that helps explain broader aspects of their civic world.
  • Students are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of concepts of law, rules, power, government, freedoms, rights and responsibilities and the media.

Economics and Business - This only applies to our Year 5 students in the Junior School where they are given opportunities to develop enterprising behaviours such as initiative and problem solving and apply these in a variety of settings.

Geography - This is the study of the many different places or environments which make up our world – it’s “the way of where”. Some of the key areas covered are sustainability, interdependence, diversity, change, challenges and connections, population and culture, landforms and environmental change, environments and living creatures.

History - Through an understanding of their own and others’ stories, students develop an appreciation of the richness of the human past and its implications for the future. Students explore their own and their family’s history. From this, they develop their understanding of the world and their relationship to others past and present.
*Often these areas are integrated to consolidate and make learning more meaningful.

Science

- The Science content includes 3 strands:

Science Understanding

  • Biological
  • Chemical
  • Earth and Space
  • Physical

Science Inquiry Skills

  • Questioning and predictions
  • Planning and conducting
  • Processing and analysing data and information
  • Communicating

Science as Human Endeavour

  • Using our senses to explore and observe the world

The Junior School is fortunate to have access to Specialist Science teachers and facilities and often join with older classes so they can demonstrate their learning.

Languages: Japanese

This curriculum area is organised into 3 strands:

  • Communicating – using language for communicative purposes in interpreting, creating and exchanging meaning
  • Understanding – analysing language and culture as a resource for interpreting and creating meaning
  • Reciprocating – reflecting upon and interpreting self in relation to others in communication as language users and language learners.
  • Our L.O.T.E Language is Japanese. It is taught Reception to Year 12.
  • Junior School students have Japanese language/cultural lessons once per week delivered by a specialist teacher
  • The Junior School is actively involved in the Japanese student visit from Uenohara High School through classroom visits and other activities
As part of the curriculum children are also engaged in Cultural Studies lessons in Aboriginal Studies and studies in other cultures.

The Arts

This curriculum area includes 5 Arts subjects – Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. Through the Arts we help children:

  • Develop freedom of expression and creativity
  • Generate, plan and experiment with ideas
  • Respond creatively to experience

Students access specialist teachers in many of these areas and we are fortunate to view Senior School performances and art work. Year 3 to 5 students may join our Choir and learn a musical instrument (piano, trumpet, flute, violin and others). These students also participate in whole College Music nights where they are given the opportunity to show their skills and work with older students on performances.