Our Primary school is made up of classes from Kinder to Grade 6. Some classes are composite and others straight grades depending on the numbers of students in each year group. Our Primary School students are involved in many exploratory and inquiry activities as well as a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy.
Early Years Program
Our Early Years Program is from Kinder to Grade 2/3 implementing the Early Years Framework and the Australian Curriculum to plan for rich educational programs. The outdoor environment in early childhood focuses on being a dynamic and secure play environment for exploring the world and promoting inquisitive play. The Department of Education uses the KDC for determining student developmental stages and where we can tailor our programs to support students into the future.
Our students are using Jolly Phonics Program which supports phonemic awareness in younger students. All of our students have shown good gains in their Literacy and Numeracy success and this is evident through our yearly PIPS testing in the Prep year.
All Government schools in Tasmania have adopted the Australian Curriculum. Here is some extra information about what your child will be learning in each year of schooling from Prep (foundation) – 6
Foundation – Prep
Our Grade 3-6 classes use the Australian Curriculum for planning and delivery in our classes. The teachers work collaboratively and use student data to enrich their educational programs to provide the highest quality education as students move through Primary school and transition to Secondary. Students in grades 4-6 use Writers Notebook to promote writing and the Big Ideas in Numeracy is throughout the school to focus on the numeracy basics.
All Primary classes have release time with the following classes:
- Art/Digital technologies
- Horticulture (classroom teacher and Horticulture Aide)
- Science (classroom teacher and Science Aide)
Students also have the opportunity to participate in extra curricular activities such as:
- Instrumental ensemble
- Girls Group (partnership with Dunalley Tasman Neighbourhood House)
All Primary classes from K-6 have begun using the Zones of Regulation to support our self regulation and social skills curriculum. This is an important part of our Early Years and Primary Curriculum and sets our students up for success and also support when needed.
THE FOUR ZONES: OUR FEELINGS & STATES DETERMINE OUR ZONE
The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.
The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.
The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.
The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.
The Zones can be compared to traffic signs. When given a green light or in the Green Zone, one is “good to go”. A yellow sign means be aware or take caution, which applies to the Yellow Zone. A red light or stop sign means stop, and when one is the Red Zone this often is the case. The Blue Zone can be compared to the rest area signs where one goes to rest or re-energize. All of the zones are natural to experience, but the framework focuses on teaching students how to recognize and manage their Zone based on the environment and its demands and the people around them. For example, when playing on the playground or in an active/competitive game, students are often experiencing a heightened internal state such as silliness or excitement and are in the Yellow Zone, but it may not need to be managed. However, if the environment is changed to the library where there are different expectations than the playground, students may still be in the Yellow Zone but have to manage it differently so their behavior meets the expectations of the library setting.
Primary Star of the Week Assembly
Primary classes have a Star of the Week award for exceptional work and attitude towards learning over the course of the week. These assemblies are a chance to celebrate student success and to showcase the learning from the host class.
Every morning at 8.45am staff supervise Daily PE which is led by the Grade 6 students. The Grade 6 students plan and deliver their 15 minute Daily PE lessons for each grade. This peer support model enables our younger students to become familiar with our older students and is also a great leadership opportunity for our Grade 6 students.