We use a whole school approach to Literacy. A daily Literacy block, where students are learning in the areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, is a high priority for each classroom, from prep to grade 6. We believe that focussed, explicit teaching and high expectations for all students promote optimal learning for all students. Teachers use a range of evidence-based teaching approaches and monitor learning at every step of the journey, so that all students have the opportunity achieve their best. Our teachers use the Victorian curriculum and ongoing assessment to tailor lessons for their students’ needs.
We challenge students to:
- Strive to achieve meet the success criteria for individual lessons and to achieve their personal literacy goals
- Develop depth and breadth in their reading ability; to read with accuracy and fluency and to apply a range of comprehension strategies to their reading.
- Transfer skills learned in Writing lessons to develop increasingly complex, effective and coherent texts
- value literacy in their daily lives;
- express confidence in their literacy abilities.
As well as regular classroom instruction, we provide intervention for students needing extra support in Literacy. Our Intervention program caters for small groups of students who receive extra literacy lessons at their point of need with the aim of accelerating their learning.
Home-school partnerships are vital in Literacy learning. We strive to achieve these partnerships through our classroom helpers program, literacy days and evening, the Book Fair, newsletter, displays, competitions and of course daily home reading and other literacy homework.
We use a whole school approach to Numeracy, where high expectations and structured, explicit teaching have a significant impact on student achievement.
The Mathematics curriculum provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry and Statistics & Probability. Our teachers focus on developing increasingly sophisticated mathematical understanding as our students move through the developmental levels. The skills in these content areas are applied through the proficiencies of Fluency, Understanding, Reasoning and Problem Solving. Students are constantly challenged to transfer their learning to become problem solvers and active mathematicians.
Our teachers structure lessons based on a whole-part-whole approach. Teachers model and teach strategies explicitly. This is followed by students working independently or with the teacher to practise the mathematical strategies that have been explicitly taught. All students enhance their achievement when learning through doing, and hands-on materials are actively used across the school. As with Literacy, students are monitored closely in Numeracy lessons, so that teachers are constantly assessing and using this assessment to plan for future learning.
Our Visual Arts Program
Visual Arts is taught from Grades Prep to Grade 6. Students have weekly sessions specifically focused on developing their unique artistic styles. Art displays run throughout the year to showcase the work of all students. Students use a variety of mediums to create 2D and 3D artworks – many of these are on display in our hallways.
Our Performing Arts Program
In Terms 2 and 3 all students from Grades Prep to 6 take part in Vocalize which is a fun, engaging performing arts program that focuses primarily on music. Every student from Grades Prep to 6 participates in an intensive, weekly 30 minute lesson.
Our Japanese Language Program
At Dana Street Primary School all students from Grades Prep to Grade 6 take part in weekly Japanese language lessons. Students learn how to speak and write in Japanese beginning with basic greetings and conversation.
Our Physical Education and Sport Program
Lessons in Physical Education are conducted weekly for all students in Grades Prep to 6. Lessons focus on personal fitness, fine and motor skill development, teamwork and skill development. Sport sessions are also integrated into classroom teaching at other times during the week.
Our Grade 5/6 students take part in an inter-school sports activities program with children from other local primary schools. Some sports the children play are netball, football, soccer, European handball, bat tennis and t-ball.
Our Personal Development Program
Bounce Back is a social and emotional learning program that develops student confidence and resilience. There are 10 components to the Bounce Back program: Core Values, People Bounce Back, Courage, Looking on the Bright Side, Emotions, Relationships, Humour, No Bullying, Success and Elasticity. Students in Grades Prep to 6 take part in weekly lessons within their classrooms. Our school library has a wide variety of texts linked to these topics which students and families are welcome to borrow.