Kidman Park Primary School

Our Curriculum

English

With the implementation of English as part of the Australian Curriculum in 2013, students at Kidman Park Primary School will be explicitly taught skills to develop their understanding of the use of English around the three strands of Language, Literature and Literacy.

During the Early Years literacy block there is a strong emphasis on the use of oral language, developing listening, vocabulary and speaking. These skills are essential for future development and proficiency in reading and writing.

Systematically, using Guided Reading principles, spending time to aurally listen and use sound –letter correspondence, experiencing activities specifically designed to develop the fundamentals of phonological and phonemic awareness, and teaching grammar is all pivotal to the language strand.

All students at KPPS are encouraged to engage in, respond to and study good quality literature both in hard and electronic mediums, with WiFi being introduced throughout the school.

Literature experiences include deconstruction of a broad variety of genre specifically designed to further the understanding of text features, cultural perspectives and creative qualities. The literacy strand of the Australian Curriculum English encompasses teaching students the skills necessary to feel confident and fluent to appropriately use English in any setting.   Students have the opportunity to explore and create written texts with a purpose, drawing on knowledge about how texts work, their structure and depending on the audience, the way the text needs to be interpreted.

Collecting learner achievement data is imperative and we closely monitor student’s development in English with bi-annual, quarterly and needs by basis assessment.  The information from the testing including PM Benchmark Running records,  Screen of Phonological Awareness, Oxford sight word lists, Westwood Spelling and TORCH test drive the future literacy achievement standards for each student

Maths

We continue to emphasise the essential skills of number work, whilst at the same time focussing on the process of mathematical enquiry and problem solving. Students learn best when they have opportunities for ‘hands on’ activities to develop the concepts of maths. Students also learn about Measurement, Space and Chance and Data. The use of spreadsheets for data displays and graphing enables students to gain more understanding and can question the meaning of the data.
In the primary years there is a focus on learning tables and number facts as well. Students have 300 minutes of Maths per week.

Science

All students participate in a ‘hands on’ science curriculum based on the nationally developed Primary Connections program. Many facets of science are integrated across other curriculum areas. On average a minimum of 90 minutes of science instruction occurs each week.

Society and Environment

Included is an examination of various cultures, their structures, systems and beliefs. Society and Environment is a broad exploration of our world, its people, history and development. Over the next few years it will evolve into the National Curriculum subjects of History and Geography.

The Arts

Students are involved in experiences of creating, presenting and appreciating. These studies will result in students acquiring knowledge and skills that will equip them for life long involvement in appreciation of the arts. Lessons are regularly based around key events like Kidman Celebrates or, our Art Exhibition. Visual Arts are taught by a specialist teacher.

Health and Physical Education

All classes receive one skills based lesson with our P.E. teacher as a part of their 100 minutes of physical activity per week. Students also participate in regular clinics provided by external providers to expose them to a variety of sports and interests. Core programs around growth and development, nutrition, drug education, road safety etc are taught to different year levels on a regular cycle. Many classes focus on healthy eating or, ‘brain food’ during the day and ensure physical activity is a regular part of the class program.