Curriculum

Learning at Eastwood Primary School will provide students with knowledge, skills and behaviours to encourage and support success in an ever changing world. Eastwood provides an educational program that allows students to better understand how to learn. The curriculum is based on VELS (Victorian Essential

Learning Standards).

 

VELS is divided into three strands of learning:

Physical, Personal and Social Learning: such as health and physical education and civics and citizenship

Discipline-based Learning: of subjects such as the arts, economics, English, mathematics, geography and history

Interdisciplinary Learning: covering Communication and Information Technology.

 

Click here for more information about VELS.

 

Class Programs

Teaching teams work closely together to plan and deliver curriculum. Term planning; along with weekly level planning meetings enable teachers to meet the learning needs of all students. Teaching approaches, strategies and assessment are comprehensively planned to maximise student learning. Students work in class and mixed class groups, in small groups, pairs and individually.

Literacy and Numeracy at Eastwood

Literacy and numeracy are the foundation skills for learning and success throughout life. In today’s global environment, students engage in a wide range of literacy and numeracy practices both within and outside school. More than ever, students today encounter complex technologies and academic demands for which high levels of literacy and numeracy are essential. We need to support our students to develop these vital capabilities so they can participate as active members of society.

 

At Eastwood we aim to develop the literacy and numeracy capabilities of all students so they can progress and succeed through all stages of learning and throughout their lives.

 

  • students learn in an environment where literacy and numeracy learning is a focus
  • students have access to contemporary resources that support literacy and numeracy learning
  • students learn in an environment where their individual needs are recognised and catered for
  • students receive additional support early if they are not making expected progress
  • students are presented with challenging opportunities if they are exceeding their expected progress in
  • literacy and numeracy
  • parents and carers have the opportunity to be involved in the school’s literacy and numeracy programs.

Integrated Learning

At Eastwood Primary School Integrated units are used to promote learning. This learning connects skills and knowledge from multiple experiences helping to make learning more meaningful to students. They are encouraged to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.

 

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

The use of ICT is integrated into the learning program. Each classroom has access to an interactive whiteboard and contains a pod of computers. Students also have weekly access to our computer lab. Students also have access to Netbooks.

 

Specialist programs

The classroom program is supported by the following specialist programs:

Visual Arts – students participate in weekly sessions in the art room. Students are given the opportunity to use their creativity through a variety of materials and mediums.

Performing Arts – students participate in a program that allows them to experience activities such as singing, movement, listening and drama. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of performances. The school has band and instrumental tuition is available.

Physical Education – students are exposed to a variety of activities to learn and refine basic and complex motor skills and as they progress through primary school, apply these skills in increasingly complex games and activities. Level 3 (Years 3 and 4) and Level 4 (Years 5 and 6) students also participate in an extra sports session each week.   Level 4 students are involved in an interschool sports program.

Environmental Education/Sustainability - students participate in the Sustainable Schools Program and learn skills in the school Community Vegetable Garden.

Language Other Than English (LOTE) – Students learn AUSLAN, the signing language for Australian Deaf and Hearing Impaired people. All students have a weekly AUSLAN class.

 

For more information about AUSLAN click here.