At Blanchetown Primary School we pride ourselves on our innovative curriculum delivery. We begin our day with an uninterrupted Maths block. Mondays through to Wednesdays students are engaged with Big Ideas in Number warmups by working in very small groups with an educator on a particular area of focus e.g. Term 1 Trusting the Count moving into Place Value. Our Maths blocks are structured via our collaboratively formed Numeracy Agreement, updated every year. We use explicit teaching as our core pedagogy and the gradual release of responsibility model, ‘I do, we do, you do,’ framework for developing expert learners. We believe it is vital to ensure students have access to authentic learning situations.
After recess, we facilitate an uninterrupted Literacy block which incorporates the Big 6 components of Reading- phonological awareness using Heggerty, phonics via the Jolly Phonics resources, Comprehension using Sheena Cameron’s strategies, Oral Language by examining teacher vs student talk time, Vocabulary via explicit teaching and teachable moments and develop Fluency by encouraging reading mileage, just as examples. Our Literacy Blocks incorporate guided reading, delivery of our genre map and by the utilization of whole school approaches documented in our continuously upgraded Literacy Agreement. For writing we use the 7 Steps to Writing Success framework and are currently working on implementing Sound Waves warmups for Spelling. We have been using the Jolly Spelling and Grammar resources also.
All of our lessons are differentiated to meet individual learning goals which are set with teachers. The gradual release of responsibility framework and explicit teaching have high impact upon our learners. Students are challenged to meet Department targets, for example, in Running Records, NAPLAN and PAT R/M. We utilize Best Advice papers and the Guidebooks to help frame our curriculum delivery. When making Curriculum decisions, our Site Improvement Plan informs us of our next steps. All actions are data driven and collaboratively designed with input from teaching staff and leaders.
Students work across disciplines to ensure all content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum are delivered. Teachers use a planning proforma jointly constructed which enables planning to be seamless. Our staff team made up of leaders, teachers and SSOs work collaboratively and are given time to meet together on a weekly basis.
The Australian Curriculum is designed to help all young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. Presented as a developmental sequence of learning from Foundation – Year 10, the Australian Curriculum describes to teachers, parents, students and others in the wider community what is to be taught and the quality of learning expected of young people as they progress through school. For more information head to their website.
At Blanchetown Primary School we learn about: English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Technologies and Languages (Indonesian). The latter four learning areas have been written to include multiple subjects, reflecting custom and practice in the discipline. In each learning area or subject, content descriptions specify what young people will learn, and achievement standards describe the depth of understanding and the sophistication of knowledge and skill expected of students at the end of each year level or band of years.
We endeavour to have a curriculum handbook in the near future ready for parents and carers to access. If you require more information about curriculum delivery, please contact the school.