Curriculum

Literacy

Heany Park Primary School is a thriving, harmonious and dynamic learning community made up of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

We are a community of learners, committed to personal excellence in every respect. Our students are nurtured and challenged to maximise their learning potential. We are committed to developing students’ individual intelligences and capabilities, whilst mastery of literacy is at the very core of all that we do. We operate on a simple premise that all students can learn and succeed in acquiring the knowledge, skills and behaviours for life and work in the global knowledge economy.

At Heany Park Primary School we believe that language is the means by which we communicate with the world around us. It enables us to express our thoughts, ideas and feelings as we interact with others. English language learning is a continuous, lifelong process. All areas of Literacy Learning – Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling – are covered during a daily two-hour Literacy teaching session.

In our literacy program, students are taught explicitly as a whole class, in small groups and one on one,. In reading sessions, a specific reading strategy or skill will be introduced through a text or big book, interactive whiteboard activity or game. Following this, students are grouped based on their specific learning needs. Each small group is scaffolded by the teacher and taught strategies to read and make meaning from text. While the teacher is working with a small group, the other learning groups are working independently to consolidate skills and strategies. At the end of the session, reflection on learning is shared with peers.

Our students reading ability is regularly assessed using the Fountas and Pinnell system which monitors both decoding, comprehension skills and strategies, fluency and pace.

Reading at home is strongly encouraged, not only because it assists in the reading development, but also as it helps to build confidence and provides time for a child to share their learning with their parents or guardians.

Robyn Davis
Literacy Leader

Writing sessions follow a similar structure. Various genres are explored to give students a broad and varied understanding of different methods in which to communicate their ideas. A writing strategy is taught and modelled. This aspect may include some shared or interactive writing as a class or demonstration and practise of a skill. The students then complete an activity in which they can practise that writing skill or strategy. Students may work independently, in small groups or with the teacher. Learning is shared to promote consolidation, confidence and achievement.

Spelling strategies are also explicitly taught. Spelling, or Word Work, may relate to the reading and or writing focus and thus may form part of those particular lessons. Or, the spelling focus may be taught as part of a guided reading session.

Students are encouraged to speak clearly and confidently in a variety of situations. They learn to listen attentively to their peers and teachers. Skills such as maintaining eye contact, voice projection, using notes or palm cards, will be developed through oral presentations and class and group discussions.

Our Library is central to the school’s teaching and learning program in developing students as life-long learners. It has a comprehensive collection of resources that provides students and teachers with a wide range of up to date print, multimedia and electronic resources designed to match the student’s varied learning styles, abilities and interests. Its large non-fiction collection complements the School’s curriculum, while its fiction collection with its strong focus on quality literature works to increase student’s literacy skills and understanding of the world.

Students at our school do more than master basic language skills. They learn to express their feelings and opinions and to support their opinions with sound arguments and research.

Numeracy

Numeracy is a highly valued component of the curriculum taught at Heany Park Primary School. Our goal is to set students up for success by providing them with the skills and strategies to prepare them for real-life situations and problems.

Mathematics lessons are taught daily utilising a variety of approaches, programs, technologies and hands-on materials to cater for all learning styles. Each Maths learning session is structured to include a mental maths warm-up activity, a main teaching activity with an explicit learning intention and time for reflection at the end. The content of lessons is driven by student data, gathered through standardised, pre-and post-testing. All components of the Victorian Curriculum in Mathematics (Number and Algebra, Measurement, Geometry, Statistics and Probability) are integrated and developed through problem-solving tasks, open-ended questioning, investigations and a variety of engaging games and activities. Tasks are differentiated to meet the individual needs of all students.

In addition, our school provides the following:

  • parent information sessions on how Maths is taught at Heany Park Primary School at all levels and how parents can support their children at home
  • a Numeracy Support Program for identified students in Years 4
  • the opportunity for students at Years 5 and 6 to be challenged and extended in Maths through participation in the Maths Olympiads program
  • take-home Maths Bags that are full of hands-on materials, games and activities for students F – 2
  • access to an extensive collection of picture-story books for teaching numeracy concepts

Penny Esposito
Numeracy Leader

Transdisciplinary Learning

At Heany Park, we employ an inquiry approach to our integrated curriculum. Throughout the year, students at each year level engage in a range of transdisciplinary units. These units explore big ideas that essential for students understanding of the world around them.

The units incorporate learning from a range of traditional discipline areas as well as development of transferable skills, such as research and communication skills.

The units are developed collaboratively by the teachers working in each year level to ensure the units are significant, challenging and relevant to the students they teach.

An inquiry approach to teaching and learning allows students to be immersed in a concept or big idea through carefully selected literature, artifacts and experiences. This process of immersion unlocks the students’ natural curiosity and provides them with the opportunity to express their thoughts and understandings about the ‘big idea’. These wonderings drive the students’ motivation to engage meaningfully in the unit and provide the teachers with information about their student’s current understandings, skills and knowledge, in order to provide learning experiences consistent with their needs. A combination of teacher and student driven exploration allows each student to build on their prior knowledge, make connections to new ideas and build their understanding of the concept. Throughout the units, both teachers and students go on a journey of discovery – where information and skills are obtained within a meaningful context.

Kym Ryan
(PYP – International Baccalaureate)
Transdisciplinary Leader

HPPS Mission Statement

Heany Park Primary School is a child centred community, empowering students to be inquiring, responsible, compassionate and globally minded citizens. Our teaching and learning embodies our school values and drives the development of challenging and engaging programmes. This enables our students to become lifelong learners, who take action to promote a peaceful and sustainable world through respect and understanding.

Digital Technologies – Computers

Lisa Hill
Digital Technologies Leader

Languages – Indonesian

Heather Brown
Languages (Indonesian) specialist teacher

Library

Michelle Mitchell
Library Technician pictured (Mondays & Thursdays only)

Library Administrator: Literacy PLT

Performing Arts

Elizabeth Eastwood
Performing Arts specialist teacher

Physical Education

Prue Cunningham
PE specialist teacher

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