South Kalgoorlie Primary School’s teaching and learning program caters for students ranging from Kindergarten through to Year 6. Specialist teachers are employed in the areas of:
- Digital Technology
- Physical Education
The You Can Do It! Circus is a programme that was started at South Kalgoorlie Primary School in 2011. It is an initiative to help students develop social skills focused on the YCDI! keys of Organisation, Persistence, Confidence, Resilience and Getting Along. Students are encouraged to participate, cooperate and support each other as they learn new skills, develop friendships and work as a team to create the YCDI! Circus.
The YCDI! Circus at South Kalgoorlie Primary is paramount in developing social skills. It gives children that often have trouble succeeding in the classroom in a structured environment, an opportunity to shine. The children learn to use many different apparatus such as diablo, devil sticks, spinning plates, hoops, unicycle, juggling balls and ribbons. They are able to work autonomously to develop their skills and then engage with other students to develop a routine to perform as a team.
A highlight for the Circus squad is to perform in front of their peers and parents at South Kalgoorlie Primary School, as well as other schools within the Goldfields area. Every child in the YCDI! Circus is able to have fun, learn and most importantly, experience success.
Every morning the students participate in Literacy Block. The Literacy block consists of structured lessons which are designed to increase the student’s knowledge and skills inReading, Spelling, Writing, Grammar and Punctuation. Through careful assessment the teachers pinpoint areas that the students need to develop and plan lessons which teach the students strategies and concepts in the chosen learning area.
Tips for helping your child with reading.
- Read to your child everyday.
- Expose your child to a wide variety of texts and give them encouragement to read new material, e.g. books by a new author, a different type of text such as poetry.
- Give encouragement and praise whenever your child chooses to read.
- Ensure your child sees other members of the family reading, and talking about their reading.
- Talk about characters, people, settings, plots and events in texts.
- Encourage your child to express their opinion about texts and to justify their reactions.
- Point out and discuss common words with your child.
- Encourage your child to try different ways to work out a word they don’t know:
– predicting (guessing using clues)
– skipping the word and reading on to the end of the sentence
– re-reading the sentence.
- Encourage your child to talk about how the meaning of an unknown word has worked out or could be worked out.
(First Steps Reading Resource)
If you would like further information please contact your class teacher.
Reporting Achievement Standards
All teachers from Pre Primary (Foundation) to Year 6 follow the Australian Curriculum in the four areas of English, Mathematics, Science and History. Teachers report against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards. Achievement standards are comprised of a written description and student work samples. The achievement standard describes the expected achievement for students who have been taught the curriculum content for the full year of schooling.
In mid-year reports, teachers make a professional judgement regarding the level of achievement that the student is demonstrating relative to the achievement standard, taking into account the curriculum that has been taught and assessed to that point in time. Thus, students demonstrating excellent achievement would be allocated an A grade, students demonstrating satisfactory achievement would be allocated a C Grade.
All Pre-Primary to Year 6 teachers at South Kalgoorlie Primary School collaborate with year level colleagues to examine student work samples and discuss collaborative assessment tasks to assist in determining allocation of grades for semester reports. Together, the description of the achievement standard and the on line work samples help teachers to make informed judgements about whether students have achieved the standard.
Teachers continue to use a range and variety of assessment information collected throughout the year to determine a final grade for the purpose of reporting to parents. If you have any questions in relation to the Achievement Standards please see your child’s classroom teacher.
Science at South Kalgoorlie Primary School is a major part of the Australian National Curriculum.
Science aims to develop in students their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions and speculate on the changing world in which we live. Science at South Kalgoorlie Primary School is an innovative program that links the teaching of Science with the teaching of literacy in the primary years of schooling.
Students develop their skills of working scientifically as they undertake investigations and communicate their understanding about Science through four conceptual strands: Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences and Physical Sciences.
Teaching and learning in Science progresses through five phases: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.
During specialist Science classes students are focusing on Biological Sciences this semester. Year 1 students are learning about different living things and their basic needs for survival. Year 2 and 3 students will be exploring small animals that can be found in the schoolyard environment and how they help break down waste and recycle nutrients in the soil. They will learn that some animals are vertebrates and some are invertebrates. Year 4 and 5 students will be introduced to plants and learn to distinguish them from other living things by their various characteristics and the role they play in the Earth’s sustainability. Year 6 and 7 students will be investigating the marvellous world of micro-organisms and the important part they play in medicines, food production and food decay.
Through Science students will experience the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them.
Senior Health & Physical Education
Jessica Watt is our Health and Physical Education Specialist, graduating from Edith Cowan University in Perth in 2010, with a Bachelor of Arts (Education) and a Bachelor of Science (Physical Education). Jessica has experienced teaching Physical Education to both Primary and High School students and spent 2015 teaching abroad in Ireland. Jessica loves organising our School Carnivals and Interschool Days and is the Secretary of the Eastern Goldfields Combined School Sport Association (E.G.C.S.S.A.). Jessica has a special interest in Netball and in 2011 coached the Associated and Catholic Colleges State Representative Team for Western Australia who toured to New Zealand for competition. Outside of school Jessica loves to travel to different places around the world.
Specialist Health and PE
At South Kalgoorlie Primary School our students are exposed to a wide range of sports including soccer, basketball, netball, football, tennis, tee ball, hockey, scooter ball, frisbee, swimming, athletics and cross country to name a few. In the early years, our students are exposed to a range of games and activities to improve their fundamental movement skills to provide the building blocks for physical activity in the later primary years.
In Health, our students learn a wide range of topics including food and nutrition, health benefits of physical activity, alcohol and other drugs, mental health and wellbeing, relationships and sexuality and safety.
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Western Australian Curriculum
The Pre-primary to Year 10 Western Australian curriculum provides a coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and achievement standards which schools will use to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.
The Western Australian curriculum currently encompasses ACARA’s Australian curriculum English, mathematics, science and history.
In addition, year-level syllabuses for Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, Technologies and The Arts have been released for familiarisation.
The Western Australian syllabuses remain broadly consistent with the Australian curriculum but have been contextualised to make them more suitable for Western Australian students and teachers.
The achievement standards for Humanities and Social Sciences (Society and Environment) and Health and Physical Education have now been published. Achievement standards for Technologies, The Arts and Languages will be progressively published during 2016.
Given the phased implementation of the Western Australian curriculum, schools may be teaching some learning areas from the Western Australian curriculum supplemented by learning areas described in the former Western Australian Curriculum Framework.