Personalised learning is used to engage and support individual students learning across the curriculum in the 3/4 Middle Homestead. Our major focuses are Literacy and Numeracy sessions which promote independent learning and thinking skills. Developing Digital Technology skills and understanding is an integral part of our curriculum, with students able to access laptops and IPads in each learning session.
In our maths lessons we use a range of hands on and written activities to try and cater to the wide range of learning styles within our classrooms. Our maths lessons all begin with number fluency, this is where we do quick number activities to review what we have learnt throughout the year. Each lesson has a launch where students learn new content, this is followed by a period of discovery where students explore what they have learnt. Each lesson there is also a focus group of students who work with the teacher to develop their individual learning. The lesson finishes with a summary where students have a chance to review, consolidate and share the new concepts and strategies they have learnt. Our maths lessons are differentiated to best cater to the level of our students.
In maths this we cover the following topics:
– Money & Financial Math
– Shape & Angles
– Volume & Capacity
– The 4 operations
– Fractions & decimals
– Transformations & symmetry
At Frankston Heights we use the CAFÉ reading program. This program allows students to develop a wide variety of strategies to help develop student’s proficiency in reading. Each lesson we focus on a particular strategy and how to use it when reading. During each session we also have a period of sustained reading, this is where students sit quietly and read for fifteen minutes. During this time the teacher conferences with individual students, this allows the teacher and student to discuss a reading goal from the CAFÉ menu to focus on for next time.
Our curriculum covers a variety of writing types and styles some of these include narrative, persuasive, recount, poem, procedural and information. Each week we have a writing focus and students work on this piece for the duration of the week. During this time students come up with seeds or ideas, create a plan, write, edit and occasionally publish their work.
Inquiry learning sessions are designed to broaden students’ knowledge and understandings of our world. It also provides opportunities to develop research skills and work independently, as well as collaboratively with their classmates. We incorporate Design and Digital Technologies into our lessons to make lessons engaging and help prepare students for the future. Our inquiry units include a project that is student lead and shared with their peers. The following are our topics for this year:
– Aussie, Aussie, Aussie: how we learn, how my actions impact others and what makes up the Australian identity.
– Exotic Creatures: national parks, protecting natural environments and habitats, features and climates of different countries.
– Pay it Forward: needs of our community, who lives in our community, how our community has changed and what has stayed the same.
– Captain Planet: Interpret maps and other geographical data and information to develop identifications, descriptions, explanations and conclusions using geographical terminology.
Each week we have a Digital Technologies lesson. Students learn about how to use different technology in a safe and responsible manner, the importance of cyber safety, coding and a host of other programs are used to enhance student learning.
At our school we like to celebrate a range of special events and participate in exciting activities and initiatives, some of these include:
– Tree Day
– Science Week
– Literacy and Numeracy Week
– Footy Day
– Book Week
– Italian Day
– Green Day
– Swimming lessons
– Bike Education
– After School Sports Programs
– School Veggie Garden