All Australian schools are deep in a transition phase from SACSA to the new Australian Curriculum. The staff at Elizabeth Grove Primary School have attended professional development sessions to further improve their own knowledge, to enhance their teaching of the Australian Curriculum subject areas. All classrooms are planning, teaching and assessing, using the Australian Curriculum, in the areas of English, History, Maths and Science.
All classrooms are planning, teaching and assessing, using the Australian Curriculum, in the areas of English, History, Maths and Science.
The Australian curriculum has a focus on engagement, challenges and inquiry based learning. Students are given the opportunity to take some responsibility for their own learning and to shape the design of the lessons. Staff are working with our Leader of Learning, Chris Guy to gain knowledge on how to plan and assess using the “Learning Design Tool”. It is an exciting time for curriculum, as the path forward is valuable for the teachers, students and the education system.
Our learning is closely aligned to the values of our school, which include Respect, Honesty and Community. We believe that every child has the ability to learn, can be successful through achieving their personal best and will make valuable citizens within the community. Building a strong partnership with parents/caregivers underpins our school value of Community. When parents and caregivers are involved in the learning process for a child, increased learning outcomes can be achieved. Parents and Caregivers know their child better than anyone and the information that is shared with your child’s teacher is invaluable. Likewise, when parents understand what they can do to support the school we strengthen the learning process for children.
Data that underpins the reporting on student achievement includes NAPLAN, Running Records, Lexile tests and quizzes, I Can Do Maths, PAT Maths, PAT-R Comprehension, Screen of Phonological Awareness, School Entry Assessment and spelling levels from the EGPS Scope and Sequence. Teachers will also use a range of formative assessment strategies when allocating grades for students on the quality of their learning.
Assessment Timeline 2017
Student Review Team and Learning Intervention
The school has a well-established Student Review Team to support individual student learning needs. This team includes the Principal, Senior Leaders, SSOs, ACEO, Special Education and Intervention teachers plus families. Release is provided each term to meet with class teachers to develop or modify individual learning programs for students. As a result of these meetings referrals may be made to the DECD District Support service for Speech, Psychological, Hearing, Social Work or Behaviour Assessments.
Individual Learning Plans, Negotiated Education Plans and Individual Education Plans are written in partnership with the Special Education Teacher, Classroom Teacher, ACEO, parents/caregivers, support agencies and most importantly our students.
Premiers Be Active
Elizabeth Grove Primary School students have been participating in the Premier’s Be Active Challenge for the last 6 years. We provide quite a few programs each year that are aligned with “the Challenge” – swimming for Years 3-5, Aquatics for Years 6-7, “Flip Out” gymnastics for the whole school, regular P.E. lessons focussing on specific skills, lunchtime netball, school football and other out of hours sport, practise for Sports Day, as well as the classroom fitness skills that occur daily. These have all contributed to a number of students successfully maintaining a level of fitness in keeping with the aim of the Premier’s Be Active Challenge which is to be involved for at least “60 minutes a day”.
Teachers have encouraged students to participate to the best of their ability and discussed the importance of ‘being active’ to maintain a healthy body. Students have begun to realise how often they do physical activity at school, at home and on the weekends and are now aware of how easy it is to complete 60 minutes of activity per day. This was also evidenced by the online data collection.
Premiers Reading Challange
2012 was another successful year for the Premier’s Reading Challenge at Elizabeth Grove School.
A total of twenty-nine students began the challenge for the first time receiving a stunning certificate for their efforts.
Bronze medals were awarded to 39 students who had completed the challenge for two years.
Thirty students who have completed the challenge for three years received Silver medals.
For the fourth year of the challenge, 26 students received Gold medals.
This year 16 students were awarded Champion medals and 13 students were awarded Legend status.
Very exciting this year was the award of Hall of Fame to 9 students. These students had been completing the Reading Challenge for seven years. With parent consent, these students are able to have their names recorded on the PRC website.
The highest award this year went to Emily C. who received a beautiful Reader for Life certificate honouring her achievement of 8 years of Challenge completion.
Well done to all who achieved awards. The 2013 Challenge begins in the first week of the new school year.
Crunch and Sip
In Term 4 2011 the Crunch & Sip program began at Elizabeth Grove Primary School. Teachers were given the necessary information to help them understand the importance of having a consistent break for students to eat fruit and vegetables and drink water.
Teachers implemented the beginning phase of the program and tallied how many students were participating in each class and then noted the level of increased participation over a period of 4 weeks. This information was shared and the overall response was very successful, with many classes having at least half the students bringing something every day.
The ‘OPAL’ Program, supported by the City of Playford, has worked with the school and families since 2011, supporting the school community to increase awareness and provide extra support through workshops, special days and using a Peer Leadership program with older students to role model healthy eating, physical activity and positive behaviour.