At Ormond Primary School we follow the Victorian Curriculum as our guide to the curriculum. These standards describe what it is essential for all students to achieve in Prep to Year 10 in Victorian Schools. All the standards are designed to engage students, build their confidence, offer varied approaches to learning and challenge them to achieve.
Standards in the English domain are organised in three dimensions:
- Reading & Viewing
- Speaking and listening
The learning in these dimensions is interrelated. For example,
Speaking and listening contribute to the development of students’ reading responses. Writing contributes to communication about texts read or viewed and to reflection and learning. To help support student progress in all three dimensions, learning contexts are diverse and include situations that are informal, formal, planned and spontaneous.
Standards in the Science domain are organised in two dimensions:
- Science knowledge and understanding
- Science at work
The development of Science knowledge and understanding necessarily involves conceptual and experiential understanding of Science at work, and understanding of the ways the concepts, theories and models of science are used throughout the society in which students live.
Science at work involves students learning the processes of science through the ways they undertake and reflect on their own investigations and those of others.
The Arts are unique, expressive, creative and communicative forms that engage students in critical and creative thinking and help them understand themselves and the world. In every society the Arts play a pivotal role socially, economically and culturally. The Arts encourage the development of skills and the exploration of technologies, forms and processes through single and multimodal forms. They fuel the exploration of ideas that cross the gamut of human emotions and moods through holistic learning using cognitive, emotional, sensory, aesthetic, kinaesthetic and physical fields.
Standards in the Arts domain are organised in two dimensions:
- Creating and making
- Exploring and responding
All students participate in an active Physical Education program. The program is conducted throughout the week by a Physical Education specialist teacher as well as the classroom teachers.
Physical Education encompasses swimming, athletics, outdoor adventure activities, gymnastics, fundamental motor skills, bike education and games skills. The regular school-based program builds students’ fitness, agility, strength and co-ordination through a broad range of age-appropriate activities.
The learn-to-swim program is available for all students from Prep – Year 6. Students in Years 4, 5 and 6 are able to try out for the Swimming Team which competes in the annual Moorabbin District Swimming Carnival.
Prep and Year 1 students participate in a Perceptual Motor Program which builds co-ordination, balance and tracking skills necessary for reading and writing as well the enjoyment of play.
Students in Years 3 – 6 participate in the annual House Athletics Competition and from this activity an Ormond Athletics Team is chosen to compete against other district schools. A Cross Country Running competition is available for students in Years 4, 5 and 6.
Bike Education programs are conducted for all Year 5 and 6 students. This program is well-supported by parent volunteers.
A weekly competition in major ball games in enjoyed by all Year 5 and 6 students. The Summer Competition includes cricket, softball, rounders, volley stars and lawn bowls. The Winter Competition includes football, soccer, netball, basketball and tennis.
An extensive Camping Programs is currently providing:
2-day camp at The Briars on the Mornington Peninsula
3-day camp at Lady Northcote Camp at Rowsley near Bacchus Marsh
4-day camp at Camp Currumbene at Corop near Rochester
5-day camp at Coonawarra Farm Resort, East Gippsland
Languages Other Than English (LOTE) contribute materially to the universal purposes of schooling and to the development of skills in thinking and reflection. They support the moral, social and economic initiation of young people into the culture and wider civilisation that surrounds them. Learning a language nurtures reflective, deep and creative thinking in specific ways,
cultivates culturally distinctive fields of knowledge, and stimulates awareness of intellectual functioning. In unique ways, languages require learners to engage in self-reflection because effective communication in a new language requires the learner to move outside the norms, practices and acquired behaviours of their first language.
Information and Communications Technology (I.C.T.) is taught across all year levels from Prep to 6, with a weekly 50 minute lesson in the computer lab. The program offers children experiences using a variety a software programs and emphasis is placed on Cyber Safety and correct use of the Web for learning.
To find out more about what the students are doing in ICT at our school, follow the Ormond ICT blog: http://ormondps.global2.vic.edu.au/
The Performing Arts program is available to all students form Prep – Year 6. Students learn Performing Arts skills such a singing, instrumental music, dance, drama and performance through working with the classroom teachers or visiting skilled practitioners in a specific performing arts area. Examples of these are circus skills, African drumming or contemporary dance.
Level Teams perform at a Soiree Performances in the school Hall. There are four performance each year: Level 4 (Years 5 & 6), Level 3 (Years 3 & 4), Level 2 (Years 1 & 2) and Level 1 (Prep).
The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is a statutory body responsible for the development of Foundation to Year 10 curriculum for all Victorian Schools. The VCAA also administers NAPLAN tests and VCE.
For detailed information please go to: www.vcaa.vic.edu.au