Overview of learning
Knowing what your child is learning helps you support them throughout their education.
In this section you can find out how public education works and the range of learning opportunities offered for students to challenge their thinking, and make the most of their unique talents.
Primary learning includes whole-class, group and individual activities designed to develop an inquiring mind and teach basic learning skills needed for schooling and later life.
Literacy and numeracy are the building blocks of learning and that is why English and mathematics take up half of students’ learning time in primary school.
Kindergarten to Year 6 focuses on six key learning areas:
- Science and technology
- Human society and its environment
- Personal development, health and physical education
- Creative arts
Primary school in NSW follows a curriculum based on stages of learning. Each stage is approximately equivalent to two school years. For each learning stage there are skills, knowledge and a level of understanding that each student should develop.
- Early Stage 1 refers to Kindergarten
- Stage 1 includes Years 1 and 2
- Stage 2 includes Years 3 and 4
- Stage 3 includes Years 5 and 6
Navigate to the School Years sections to find out more
Assessment and Reporting
Our teachers use a variety of strategies to assess each student’s work. This includes observing their work in class and looking closely at the work they produce throughout the year.
Twice a year teachers also assess each primary school student’s achievements based on the outcomes described in the NSW primary curriculum foundation statements.
A written report using the grade scale is sent home usually near the end of Term 2 and Term 4, to give you a clear picture of your child’s achievements.
Students have a number of assessments in primary school:
- Best start Kindergarten assessments in literacy and numeracy – helps our teachers to identify the learning needs of your child.
- National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy(NAPLAN) – assesses students’ skills in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar. All students in Years 3 and 5 sit for four tests in May.NAPLAN results help teachers meet the individual literacy and numeracy needs of students. You will receive a detailed written report of your child’s achievement in the tests.
Parent Teacher Meetings
You will be given a formal opportunity to discuss your child’s progress at a parent-teacher meeting. However, if you have any concerns, don’t wait for a parent-teacher meeting. Please make an appointment to discuss these concerns as they arise with the relevant teacher.
If you need an interpreter, ask us to call the interpreter service on 13 14 50. This service is free.
Students with additional learning and support needs
Students in regular classes who experience difficulties in basic areas of learning and behaviour, regardless of the cause are supported through Learning and Support resources available in their local school.
Students in primary, secondary and central schools may receive additional assistance in literacy, numeracy, language and behaviour.
Students do not need a formal disability diagnosis to access support through these resources. It includes support for students with significant learning difficulties, mild intellectual disability, language disorder or delay and behaviour needs. Students with autism spectrum disorders or mental health disorders who have lower level needs are also supported through these school based resources.
The school’s learning and support team can assist you with the identification of additional learning and support needs to ensure that the educational needs of your child are being met.
Learning and Support Teacher
Learning and Support Teachers have a role within whole school initiatives to improve outcomes for students with additional learning and support needs.
The role of the Learning and Support Teacher as a member of the school learning and support team is to:
- work collaboratively with the classroom teacher to support assessment for learning of their students with additional educational needs and identify specific learning and support needs
- plan, implement, model, monitor and evaluate teaching programs for students with additional learning and support needs in conjunction with regular classroom teachers
- plan, implement, model, monitor and evaluate personalised adjustments for learning where required, with the classroom teacher, student and/or parent or carer
- model exemplary classroom practice when tailoring adjusted learning programs for students with additional learning needs
- provide direct support for students with additional learning and support needs through a range of strategies (including direct instruction, delivery of adjusted learning programs, assessment and monitoring of progress) including the areas of social integration, language and communication, literacy, numeracy and behaviour. This may include students with confirmed disabilities
- provide professional specialist advice, support and mentoring to classroom teachers on: how best to cater for the diverse learning needs in their classrooms, and how to effectively work in partnership with families to maximise learning opportunities for students at school and at home
- provide professional specialist advice and assistance about students with additional learning needs to the school’s learning and support team, and
- assist with professional learning for class teachers and school learning support officers within their school and local network of schools where appropriate.
Teachers will present recognition awards to their class students in Terms 1-3. These Stage assemblies will be held in the COLA and will be advertised in the newsletter. Parents and Carers are invited to attend.
Academic /Citizenship Awards Assembly: Term 4
This end of year assembly is for K-2 and 3-6 years respectively. Students receive awards for Academic and or Citizenship achievement. Parents/Carers are invited to attend this assembly which takes place in the school hall.
Around the school
Letter from NSW Health re. School Closures
Dear school community, Please find above a letter from Dr Kerry Chant PSM, Chief Health Officer at NSW Health, regarding the issue of school closures in relation to the community transmission of COVID-19. Please note, at this stage, the advice is that, “…pre-emptive closures are not likely to be Read more
‘Distancing Measures’ in response to COVID-19
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