The English curriculum as drawn from the Victorian Curriculum, comprises Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Strathmore Primary School engages all students in growing their literacy skills and becoming literate.
Strathmore Primary School provides a developmental Reading, Writing and Spelling program. Our school is committed to the Early Years Literacy Program (Prep to Year 4) and the Middle Years Literacy Program (Years 5 & 6). Parents, specialist teachers and classroom teachers provide support for our literacy program, individually, collaboratively and inclusively in our classrooms.
Currently, we are implementing the whole school writing program, ‘Big Write’ and ‘VCOP’ through Andrell Education (http://www.andrelleducation.com.au/). This program engages students in writing by enabling them to fluently engage with, critique and improve their writing, through the focus of vocabulary use, connectives, sentence openers and punctuation use.
Throughout the school, Literacy skills are taught within the context of the English program and the Inquiry Curriculum Program.
The school purchased an Apple iPad for the use of students in Foundation to Year 4. We have also implemented a 1:1 BYOD iPad program in the Year 4-6 classrooms. The program has proved to be so promising that the school is trialling an extension of the program across the Year 3 grades.
Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) and Flat Panel Screens
The school has purchased IWBs /Flat Panel Screens for all classrooms. Some of these are fixed screens as well as mobile screens on movable trollies. Some classrooms are equipped with IWBs using projection and Apple TV technology.
These Screens are current technology, and highly engaging pieces of equipment for the children. Screens can be used to view teaching videos and learning tasks. They have access to anything that is on the teacher’s note book computer, including internet sites and resources.
The children learn to communicate in a Language Other Than English and gain intercultural knowledge and language awareness by listening, speaking, reading, writing and watching. This results in the children being able to speak and write with confidence through the means of basic geographical orientation, correct pronunciation and the practice of simple conversational phrases in dialogues and role play.
There is a strong emphasis on song and practical activities to encourage participation, confidence and engagement.
The children become proficient in counting, expressing the time, learning colour vocabulary, offering greetings, knowing family members and answering questions.
Strathmore Primary School is a strong advocate of Individualised Learning and utilises ICT tools such as Languages Online and other language resources to facilitate this learning process in Italian LOTE.
The Art program at Strathmore Primary School introduces students to a broad range of visual art forms. It is designed to develop creative thinking and expression, and to give students basic skills within the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, textiles and construction. Exposure to a wide range of artworks gives students the ability to respond appropriately to art in their world and provides a creative influence for their own work. Project themes also facilitate cultural, environmental, historical, social and emotional learning. Students are given the opportunity to participate in contests and community exhibitions. Achievement in Art is celebrated through display of student artwork around the school.