Programs

STEM

A specialised STEM program encourages creative thinking and problem solving through real life activities and new technologies. All students from K – 6 participate in STEM learning with our dedicated STEM teachers. STEM encourages critical thinking skills to help students adapt to our fast changing world, to use current and future technologies, to research and to problem solve.

Breakfast Club takes place twice each week before school. All children are invited to come and have cereal, fruit, toast, Milo, or whatever is on the menu for the day.

Sound Waves is a whole school phonemic approach to literacy development. It is a synthetic phonics and word study program, recognised as one of the effective ways to teach spelling and reading skills.

iMaths is an investigation based numeracy program that runs throughout the school. Students are engaged in relevant, real life maths investigations that can be tailored to each child’s needs, and allow students to apply, practise and develop their maths knowledge and skills.

We are a visible learning school.

Eddystone Primary School utilizes the research of Doctor John Hattie not only to increase the visibility with which students learn, but to measure the impact we have as teachers. We are in collaborative partnership with a range of key stake holders in the project, including a number of schools across networks, businesses and parents from the community.

Our visible learners are encouraged to think deeply about their learning journey. A visible learner can articulate their learning journey and use a set of strategies to be a successful learner, where they are, where they are going and how to get there.

Our students are to embody six key learning dispositions during their learning activities. We ask them to be creative, take risks, show resilience, be communicative, demonstrate perseverance and be self-motivated.

We invite you to ask your child about their learning journey. A visible learner talks about what they are learning.

Parenting Resources

Also, if you YouTube search “growth mindset class dojo”, you will find a series of short episodes that are quite cute. Here is the first one;

ClassDojo – Growth Mindset For Students

Research evidence suggests the following are the most effective strategies to improve students writing:

  1. Explicit instruction
  2. Abstract concepts are made concrete
  3. Emphasis on fluency of writing
  4. Present skills in a cumulative and sequential manner
  5. Develop meta-cognition to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills.

The underlying principals of talk for writing are:

  1. Provide a model: Teachers systematically model the speaking, listening, vocabulary and sentence patterns the students need.
  2. Use oral rehearse: Students internalise the pattern of the language required by talking the text before they write it.
  3. Make the learning visible: The work created during the progress of a unit is clearly displayed.
  4. Co-construct the learning: Students are involved in activities that deepen their understanding making them independent thinkers and writers.

The Three Stages of Talk 4 Writing are:

  1. Imitate
  2. Innovate
  3. Invent

At Eddystone Primary we have marked students work using Brightpath, a software package that enables teachers to match their students work with calibrated exemplars. The performance descriptors support teachers in understanding key features of the students writing development.

It is the school’s policy to develop and encourage positive attitudes to health and physical well being for students. Daily activity, athletics, game skills, gymnastics, movement skills and swimming all make up the Physical Education Program. It is expected that all children will take part in each of these activities. In the event of illness, a written advice note from parents is requested.

The P.E and Health Syllabus in WA schools covers a variety of relevant topics including self-esteem, peer pressure, decision making, coping skills, sexuality, growth and development, drug education and nutrition.

School Swimming:
Swimming lessons are for all students from Pre-primary to Year Six. Dates, times and venue will be advised closer to the date.

Eddystone Primary School offers LOTE French to Years 1-6. The program incorporates a wide range of student centered language learning strategies and cultural experiences. The emphasis of the program is on the spoken language – conducted through games, songs, stories, projects and role-play, as well as reading and writing. Through learning French children are also given an insight into the culture and customs of France and the 32 francophone countries in the world. A French bilingual puppet show will regularly come to the school to present bilingual fairy tales.

With more than a third of English vocabulary coming from French the knowledge of the French language also facilitates a better understanding of English.

The Australian Curriculum for French will start to be used in 2018 for the year one, two and three students.

Programs are implemented to develop student performance in all areas of their language skills as well as helping to enhance student interest and participation in LOTE.

Choir
The Specialist Music Program at Eddystone Primary School supports a Senior Choir. The Senior Choir participates annually in the ‘WA Massed Choir Festival’ as well as performing at the Learning Journey.

Piano Lessons
As you may have heard, Eddystone Primary School is running piano lessons after school for students in years 1-6. You can enrol online at Primary Music Institute or ring 1300 362 824.

Eddystone Primary School offers the services of a Community Kindergarten catering for children from 3 to 4 years in our local area. These sessions are held on Thursday mornings, during term time, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am in our Early Learning Centre.

We aim to provide your child/ren with a cognitive and physical development program as well as social interaction with their peers. Eddystone Primary School offers a wide range of activities to stimulate development and encourage lots of fun.

During the year, we will be holding parent information sessions with talks run by Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nutritionists, the School Nurse, the local library etc.

Crunch & Sip is a set break for students to eat fruit or salad vegetables and drink water in the classroom. Eddystone Primary School has introduced Crunch & Sip to support students to establish healthy eathing habits whilst at school.

A School Psychologist supports the school for 2 days per week.

The service provides support for students considered at risk academically, socially or behaviourally. Issues of academic, social and emotional concerns for students may require School Psychologist intervention and support. Further specialist intervention can be referred by the school psychologist to external professionals or agencies to support the student’s needs in some cases.

Teachers with concerns about students are able to access the service and a case conference involving the School’s Student Services Manager, School Psychologist, Class Teacher and Parents will be convened to discuss the relevant issues. From this initial confidential case conference, a plan for any required support which in some cases may be referrals to other agencies will be developed.

Our philosophy is based on involving all stakeholders to ensure relevant information is gathered and a collaborative plan of action implemented to support the student. All meetings are confidential and where necessary parent permission is required for some assessments and referrals to other supporting agencies.

The school psychologist also provides the school with support for teachers in the development of Individual Education Plans, Behaviour Modification Plans and information and materials on a range of learning and behaviour issues.

Parents can request an appointment with the School Psychologist to discuss confidentially academic or emotional issues that may be of concern for their child or impacting on them at home or school. Please contact the school on 9406 5100 to arrange an appointment.

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