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IB – Primary Years Programme
At Mount View Primary School, Literacy is taught through the balance of explicit instruction and inquiry learning.
The Literacy program is characterised through:
- Teaching a variety of comprehension strategies to support students in understanding increasingly sophisticated multi-modal texts.
- Explicit instruction of writing for a range of purposes, using a variety of genres.
- A writer’s workshop approach to develop responses that are language rich and show deep level thinking.
- Both explicit instruction and structured inquiry of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Small group student focus groups on tasks chosen to meet individual needs and interests.
- Ongoing monitoring and assessment which informs future teaching.
- Learning tasks that are purposeful and engaging.
- Authentically linking English learning to the Unit of Inquiry.
EAL (English as an Additional Language)
Mount View has a community of diverse cultures and many bilingual students and families. The EAL (English as an Additional Language) program supports and develops newly arrived students who have little or no English language.
EAL specialist teachers liaise with classroom teachers, support staff and parents to ensure the program links with individual progress and classroom learning engagements.
The students generally attend two small group sessions of EAL per week to develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The supportive small group setting allows the students to interact with each other and the teacher. They develop language and learning skills that enable them to function more successfully in the classroom and wider school environment. The program complements the classroom learning by providing intensive instruction and revision of the structure of the English language. An emphasis on understanding and using new class focussed vocabulary assists their oral language, which increases their confidence to interact within their classroom environment. Varied resources, activities and experiences help develop these explicit skills.
Prep & Year 5 ‘Buddies’ program
This term the Year 5’s and Preps were excited to meet their new buddies. In Term 1 the preps and grade 5’s did a range of ‘getting to know you’ activities and games. One of the activities completed was creating a Venn diagram outlining their shared interests, similarities and differences. Both Preps and Year 5’s are thrilled to have a buddy that they can play with.
The students are looking forward to strengthening their friendships next term.
Circle Solutions at Mount View Primary brings students and their teachers together in an enjoyable atmosphere of cooperation. It is a time set aside each week when students and their teachers sit in a circle and participate in games and activities designed to increase their understanding and valuing of self, understanding and valuing of others and positive relationships.
Circle Solutions is both a philosophy for healthy relationships and a positive pedagogy for learning them. It is based on research evidence found in the fields of resilience, positive psychology and neuroscience.
Circle sessions establish understanding, values and behaviours for learning to be and learning to live together that are reinforced outside these sessions in school and community contexts.
Circles are a safe and positive way to develop:
- Self-awareness, knowledge and skills
- Knowledge, understanding and acceptance of others
- Pro-social behaviours
- A sense of belonging and connectedness
- A focus on positive, solution focused thinking
- Resilience, increased emotional resources and wellbeing
- Collaborative decision making, conflict resolution and problem solving
Circle solutions activities and games lead to a more effective learning environment by:
- Raising self-awareness and skills that promote healthy relationships
- Focusing on strengths and positives that make people feel better about themselves and others
- Increasing tolerance by seeking what is shared by the group
- Inhibiting bullying behaviours
- Promoting a sense of belonging and reducing stress by having fun
- Constructing solutions together as a group
- Increasing student engagement
- Building on strengths to support positive change
- Promoting cooperation