Curriculum

  • At Mill Park Primary School our curriculum programs enable assessment and reporting of individual student progress against the eight Key Learning Areas and four Capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum.

    Our school offers four specialist subjects: Physical Education, Visual Art, Music and Italian Language. We also provide an intensive Communication and Language Program (CaLP) for Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 students to build their vocabulary and communication skills. A range of programs that cater for individual learning needs are offered such as: Bright Futures (Extension Program), Language and Speech Support, Literacy Support, Comprehension and Corrective Reading.

    Our curriculum planning takes into account the recommendations from the Department of Education and Training (DET) for daily two-hour literacy and one-hour numeracy blocks for students in the Early Years of schooling. We also ensure our students are involved in a Health and Safety and Cyber Safety programs to better equip them for potential risks and dangers they may face in both the ‘digital’ and ‘real’ world.

    Information Communication Technology (ICT) is embedded into all curriculum areas. Students have the option of using a variety of resources to develop their skills. In the classroom, students also use iPads, Digital Cameras, Videos, Nintendo Wii and DS to complement their learning. The school offers a 1:1 Netbook program for students in Years 4, 5 and 6.

  • Victorian Curriculum

  • The Victorian Curriculum has been adapted from the Australian Curriculum by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as a framework for whole school curriculum planning.

    The Curriculum and Reporting and Assessment Guidelines assist school communities to make decisions about their curriculum programs and inform approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.

    The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.

    More information can be found at: http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/    

  • Early & Middle Years

  • Early Years (Foundation- Year 3)

    The Early Years Strategy is a comprehensive approach to English and Mathematics achievement in the Early Years of schooling. The Early Years is a highly structured learning environment to allow young children to become familiar and comfortable with school routines and build their independence as learners.

    Early Years learning is supported by the following programs:

    • Perceptual Motor Program (Foundation) – Builds gross motor skills, coordination, spatial awareness, teamwork and visual tracking to support learning in the classroom.
    • Communication and Language Program (CaLP) (Foundation –Year 2) – Strengthens vocabulary and speaking and listening skills. This program also supports students to develop an awareness of formal and informal communication skills and etiquette.
    • Early Intervention Speech and Articulation (Foundation – Year 6) – Targets individual learning needs in both language and articulation through early screening and intervention.
    • Literacy Support (Foundation – Year 3) – Focuses on intensive reading, writing, phonics, spelling skills and strategies to support students requiring extra intervention.

     

    Middle Years (Years 4-6)

    The Middle Years constitute a stage of education during which young adolescents can explore themselves and the world in which they live, in a context of ‘high expectations’. The Middle Years is founded on a commitment to advance the learning capacity of all students and the achievement of outcomes that are meaningful to the student. Curriculum and school-based activities provide opportunities, skills and understandings that encourage active and responsible citizenship in a safe, secure environment.

    Learning in the Middle Years is supported by the following programs:

    • 1:1 Netbook Program (Years 4-6) – This program is focused on the development of ICT skills and practises that will equip learners with the abilities required in a growing digital world while encouraging responsibility in their use and care of equipment.
    • Student Action Teams (SAT) (Years 5-6) – Students are given to opportunity to work across levels and across the school to identify areas of concerns across the school community and develop actions plans to address these in a constructive manner.
    • Speech and Articulation (Foundation – Year 6) – Targets individual learning needs in both language and articulation through early screening and ongoing intervention.
    • Literacy Support (Years 4 -6) – Focuses on intensive reading, writing, comprehension and spelling skills and strategies to support students requiring extra intervention.
    • Student Leadership Program (Year 6) – Students develop leadership and problem solving skills while acting as role models for the rest of the school. Our Student Leaders takes on a number of responsibilities including the running and presentation of weekly school assemblies, coordination of House points and assisting staff at whole school events such as House Cross Country, Athletics Carnivals and Transition Programs. The development of interview skills, confidence with public speaking and contributing to the school community across various levels are key highlights for our student leaders.
  • Specialist Programs

     

  • Learning in the classroom is supported by our Specialist Programs which focus on four of the Key Learning Areas identified in the Victorian Curriculum – Physical Education, Visual Arts, Music, Italian Language and the Communication and Language Program (CaLP).

    Physical Education

    The Physical Education program aims to develop the gross and fine motor skills, sportsmanship, teamwork, fitness and athletic skill base of all students across the school. As well as weekly sessions, students at various levels also have the opportunity to represent the school and participate in a variety of events such as:

    • Hooptime Basketball Competition (Years 3-4 & 5-6)
    • District Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country events
    • Interschool Sports (Years 5 & 6)
    • Intraschool Sports (Year 5 & 6)
    • Clinics in particular sports (e.g.: Soccer, Tennis, Rugby)
    • State level team trials

    Visual Arts

    In Visual Arts, students are exposed to and explore a variety of artist skills, materials and methods in a way that fosters high levels of creativity and original thought. Whether by needle, chalk, pencil, pen, texta, brush or scissor, students aim to develop, improve and refine their own creations.

    Student work from the Art Studio is always on display in the school and a highlight for students and staff is the viewing of artwork from across the school at our Bi-annual Visual Arts Exhibition held in October each even year.

    Music

    In Music, students have the opportunity to develop their musical knowledge, skills, sense of timing, rhythm and appreciation of a variety of musical genres. Each week, students are encouraged to build their love of music through the exploration of a number of musical instruments and digital technologies. Students with a passion for music and performing have additional opportunities to extend their learning through the School Rock Band (Years 5-6), Mill Park Singers (Years 4-6) and performances at assemblies, Performing Arts Showcase (Bi-annual, each odd year), Visual Arts Exhibition (Even years), Big Night Out at Lalor North College and the Annual MPPS Christmas Concert.

    LOTE – Italian

    In line with the focus on Languages in the Victorian Curriculum, students participate each week in LOTE classes, with Italian as our chosen language. Students develop a working understanding and practise of the Italian Language, from counting to making conversation while learning about the cultures, history and people of Italy. Each year, the school takes to opportunity to celebrate everything Italian with our annual Italian Day, with themed activities in the classrooms.

    Communication and Language Program (CaLP)

    Our CaLP Centre is situated amongst the Early Years classes. CaLP focuses on strengthening the developing vocabulary, speaking and listening skills of our Foundation. Year 1 and Year 2 students through group conversations, hands on activities, creative play and exploratory stations – all with a particular theme each term to attract the interest and imaginations of the students. This program also helps students to develop an awareness of formal and informal communication skills and etiquette and social conventions.

  • Thinking Curriculum

  • The Thinking Curriculum is an integral part of the Mill Park Primary School curriculum and forms an umbrella across all learning programs within our school.

    Students are taught to use a variety of thinking tools to support and develop their ideas, thinking skills and most importantly to enhance their learning. Students are encouraged to develop their thinking skills and consider the variety of methods that could be used to solve many problems and issues within their learning.

    Students are exposed to Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, Edward De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats, Direct Attention Thinking Tools and the Quality in Learning Tools. Students are able to improve and enhance their thought process by using a thinking tool to study a situation from a variety of angles. No one process is ever the ‘only’ way of solving a problem and students are encouraged to think on many levels.

    The Thinking Curriculum gives students the opportunity to process, solve and analyse situations in a manner that is comfortable, non-threatening and exciting.

  • Digital Technologies

  • Every day, digital technologies such as computers, smartphones and the Internet become a more integral part in today’s society. At Mill Park Primary School, our school curriculum, English and Mathematics programs are complemented through the use of various Digital Technologies.

    Incorporating Digital Technology into our programs has allowed us to engage and motivate our students whilst assisting them with the ICT skills needed to effectively communicate and learn in our ever changing technological world. The computer equipment is upgraded every 3 years to allow our students to be using the most up to date technology. The students use a range of software programs that promote creativity, problem solving and thinking skills, as well as developing their skills in the area of ICT.

    At Years 4-6, students have the opportunity to participate in the 1:1 Netbook Program which enhances the learning and development of their ICT skills and understanding of how such technologies are utilised in the real world. The program also assists our students to build a sense of responsibility for their devices and act responsibly as digital citizens.

     

  • STEM

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) covers a wide range of knowledge and skills. Lu ALESSI to send electronic file of copy for here

     

  • Literacy Support

  • Corrective Reading is a literacy intervention program that is provided to students in both the Early and Middle Years who require additional support in developing their reading and comprehension skills. Corrective Reading has been operating at our school for a number of years and has been of a great benefit to a large number of students.

    At Mill Park PS, we offer three instructional levels B1 & B2 which build on developing decoding, fluency and comprehension skills and level C which focuses on the application of these skills. Initially students who have been identified as being at risk undergo an assessment which determines which level of support they require.                

    Corrective Reading is an extremely valuable program as it also helps build students’ confidence and self-esteem. At the end of the program students are presented with a certificate at assembly to acknowledge their efforts and hard work.

  • Bright Futures

    (Extension Program)

  • Mill Park Primary School implements a broad range of high-quality education programs that aim to improve student achievement and participation. These programs ensure that all students are challenged and extended to achieve the highest standards.

    The Bright Futures program focuses on development of critical and creative thinking skills. The purpose of the program is essentially to challenge and support students in the application of their critical, imaginative and problem solving skills, specifically to:

    • think more creatively, critically and analytically
    • develop an active interest in current and future issues and events
    • work cooperatively in teams
    • improve oral and written communication skills
    • develop extensive research skills
    • explore presentation skills

    Students selected to participate in the Bright Futures programs are identified by teachers based on individual students’ levels of achievement, motivation and attitudes to learning.

  • Reporting & Meetings

    Student/Parent/Teacher
  • Student achievement and academic progress is reported on twice a year at Mill Park Primary School in the form of Semester Reports each June and December. These reports not only outline the academic progress of each student, but each focus on their social and personal development as individuals and learners.

    As part of the mid-year reporting period, students are involved in celebrating their learning and achievements with their teacher and parents by being involved in a Student Led Conference. This time is an opportunity for the students to talk about their goals that they have set at the beginning of each term, what factors supported their achievement of these goals, share their learning and highlight their areas of interest and achievement.

  • Outdoor Education

  • Our school’s Outdoor Education Program enables students to further their learning and social skills development in an out of school hours and/or non-school setting. These experiences develop skills, as well as build confidence, self-esteem and a sense of belonging and teamwork. Our Outdoor Education Program aims to:

    • provide children with an opportunity to participate in a sequential program
    • provide shared class experiences and a sense of group cohesiveness
    • reinforce and extend classroom learning
    • provide a program that conveys skills and knowledge that may lead to a lifelong involvement in worthwhile leisure pursuits
    • promote self-esteem, resourcefulness, independence, leadership, judgement, cooperation and tolerance.

    The following Outdoor Education experiences are offered to students at each year level:

    • Foundation: Breakfast at school
    • Year 1: Games and Dinner Night
    • Year 2: Sleepover
    • Year 3: Two Day Camp at Cave Hill Creek
    • Year 4: Three Day Camp at Waratah Bay
    • Year 5: Three Day Camp at Phillip Island
    • Year 6: Five Day Camp at Canberra, ACT
  • Class Libraries

  • Every class in the school has a ‘Class Library’ which includes attractive shelving filled with engaging and age appropriate reading materials. A central borrowing system, which links all classrooms, allows students to borrow and return books on a regular and ongoing basis.

    Students are encouraged to read and borrow books regularly and all students participate in the Premiers’ Reading Challenge each year as part of the Library and English Programs. Book Fairs and Author Visits occur twice a year to enhance our students’ love of reading, love of stories and the school’s English program as a whole.

  • Extra-Curricular Activities

  • We are proud to be able to offer our students additional opportunities to explore their interests, interact with other students and extend their learning through a number of extra-curricular activities both during and after school. Extra-curricular activities include:

    • School Rock Band (Years 5-6)
    • Choir – Mill Park Singers (Years 4-6)
    • Chess Club & Chess Competitions – Lunchtime and After School
    • ICT Club
    • Instrumental Music Lessons (After School)
    • ICAS/UNSW Testing
    • Maths Club
    • Lego Club
    • Enviro Club
  • Transition

  • The transition into a new learning environment or new class can be a stressful time for students and parents. To aid in making these changes as easy as possible on all parties, we run a number of transition programs across the school that allows students to ease into their new groupings or environments with a sense of excitement and understanding.

    • KinderLinks & Foundation Transition: Consisting of a number visits to the school over a number of weeks in Terms 2 and 4, our future students get to come in and learn alongside our current Foundation and Year 1 students and get a real taste of what school is like. Towards the end of Term 4, our new students all get to meet their Buddies from the next year’s Year 6 cohort. This is the beginning of a very supportive relationship between students as the Year 6’s will spend a lot of time visiting their buddies and helping them adapt to school life. A number of information sessions for our new Foundation Parents occur in conjunction with the transition sessions.
    • Intraschool Transition: Designed to help students understand the expectations of their new Year Level with the current Year Level Teaching Team before meeting their new class and teacher in their new classroom on a very exciting Meet the Teacher day prior to the end of Term 4.
    • Year 6 to 7 Transition: Done in conjunction with local Secondary Colleges, students have the opportunity to go and get a taste of life in a High School prior to the State-wide Orientation Day or individual College Orientation Days in December. The transition process itself starts on day one of Year 6 with the Year Level & Leadership Teams educating the students about the Academic and Behavioural expectations of Secondary Schooling.

     

  • Awards

  • The celebration of student achievement and success is a key part of life at Mill Park Primary School.

    Learning, Citizenship and Specialist Awards

    Each week, students from each class receive awards at Assembly – Citizenship Awards for displaying our School values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence; and Learning Awards for great work in particular areas of study, achieving a personal bests or goals or doing something great in their learning. Each week, our Specialist Teachers also award classes in the Early and Middle Years for great work, learning and efforts in Physical Education, Visual Arts, Music and LOTE – Italian.

    Attendance Awards

    Each week, classes can be present the Early Bird and All Here All Week Awards for Attendance. Classes receive the Early Bird Award if all students have arrived to start their learning on time every day in a one-week period (M-F) while the All Here All Week Award goes to classes where all students have been in attendance and on time for the whole week.

    Superior Achievement Awards

    At the end of each year, the school awards the Superior Achievement Awards to students from each year level who have shown exceptional learning in each of Gardiner’s eight Multiple Intelligences as well as LOTE – Italian and an Academic Endeavour Award.