Curriculum

Curriculum

Every stage of learning is equally important at Grasmere Primary School from Prep through to Year 6, with our teaching aiming to be learner-centred, flexible and relevant. Learning embraces both explicit instruction and student-centred approaches while responding to the different learning styles and interests of students. With effective assessment and planning processes in place, teachers develop personalised instruction for their students. Students across all levels of the school set individual learning goals, receive explicit instruction at their point of need, receive Individual Learning Improvement Plans where necessary, and are involved in their assessment and evaluation processes.

Literacy & Numeracy

At Grasmere, we believe that a successful Literacy program is one in which reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing are integrated in a supportive and stimulating environment with visible learning. Students are supported through the modified 'Daily 5', 'CAFE' and 'Big Write' programs to become multiliterate, which means they can create meaning from all text types. Literacy is taught through a whole/small/whole group model for learning. This enables the teacher to differentiate the teaching focus and learning experiences to cater for individual needs. 

Every child has access to a wide variety of books and they regularly replenish their own 'Book Box' with a variety of selected books (teacher and student selected texts). Our accessibility and variety of quality books is supported with our MARC Library.

Students write using a series of highly motivating, differentiated lessons that embed all the basic skills and knowledge that students require to be successful and to continually improve.

Our Numeracy Program follows a constructivist approach, with students actively involved in the whole learning process. The Australian Mathematics Curriculum focuses on developing increasing understanding, fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. These capabilities enable our students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematical strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.

The Numeracy program provides interventions to support children who are not progressing at the anticipated rate through the Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) program. 

Technology

Information and Communications Technology skills are developed progressively through every stage of student’s primary education, in partnership with our eSmart program. A variety of ICT devices are utilised by staff and students, including interactive whiteboards in all classrooms, digital cameras, laptops and desktop computers, iPods and iPads.  

All students in Years 3 to 6 have access to technology on a one-to-one ratio, through NetBooks and iPads. All students in Year 3 are required to have an iPad as part of the School's iPad program. The introduction of iPads was designed to provide students with the latest technology to enhance their learning engagement and academic outcomes.

eSmart is an initiative of The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and will help teachers, students and the whole school community embrace the benefits of technology and reduce exposure to cyberspace risks such as cyberbullying, identity theft, online sexual predation and accessing or sending inappropriate images and content. 

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education are part of the curriculum across the whole school, with students developing skills and improving their overall health and wellbeing. Students participate in P.E sessions for an hour each week, along with whole-school sports in house teams led by our School Leaders. 

We provide opportunities for all students to represent the school in a variety of sports including; Athletics, Swimming, Soccer, Hockey, Netball, Basketball, Cross Country and Horse Riding. 

We have built partnerships with the community, including the Warrnambool Seahawks and encourage and welcome our school community to get involved to assist us in providing a rich and varied Physical Education program.

 

Food 4 Life

All students, from prep to Year 6, are involved in gardening and cooking to learn about seasonal produce and planning and preparing food with a focus on using local produce to create fresh and nutritional dishes.  

Our students work together with family and community members to grow food in our organic vegetable garden. We then harvest the produce and use it to prepare a variety of dishes that we share together. 

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L.O.T.E

Our students experience learning from a specialist Japanese teacher to equip them with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to engage effectively with and prosper in a globalised world as part of our 'Engage with Asia' program.

Students continue to gain personal and social benefits and become better equipped to make sense of the world in which they live by developing basic language skills and a deeper cultural understanding. 

Humanities & Science

The Humanities involve the study of human societies and environments, people and their cultures in the past and the present. At Grasmere, we provide a framework for developing student’s research skills and inquiry processes through planning, investigating and forming conclusions, which can then be presented in a variety of ways.

Our Science program supports students to develop the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them. Our teaching and learning program includes scientific experiments, directed learning and concept development. In doing this, they develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods. 

 

Student Wellbeing

Welfare

At Grasmere, we promote the physical, social, emotional and psychological development of our students. We believe that students are better prepared for learning when they are healthy, safe and happy. 

We aim to help students learn effectively by developing positive attitudes and behaviours that are consistent and shared by the whole school community through our school values of Confidence, Resilience, Mutual Respect, Organisation and Persistence. We foster student engagement and wellbeing and believe in the philosophy and practice of Restorative Practice to promote resilience and build positive connections with other people. 

We offer all students across the school a rewarding program called 'Buddies'. All students across the school have an assigned buddy that they meet regularly throughout the year to complete a range of activities together. The program assists younger students in settling in and aids in building leadership qualities in the older students. 

Leadership

Leadership development is part of the program for all students, with a major focus is the senior area.  At the beginning of each school year the Grade 6 students are invited to nominate themselves for specific roles and responsibilities, some of which include, School Captain, Sports Captain or Public Speakers.

Students across the entire school have opportunities for leadership development as each class has a representative on our Junior School Council (JSC).

The Arts

The study of The Arts is an integral part of Grasmere's complete education. Students participate in Music, Drama and Visual Arts throughout the year.

The Performing Arts program includes dance, drama and music, which focuses on students developing their creative talents and self esteem. Our program is offered to all students across the school and varies from class and individual performances to whole-school musicals and concerts. 

Students in the Middle and Upper Years are involved in a school production every second year and contribute to all areas of preparation from choreography and singing to costumes and set construction.