Our Curriculum

Our Classroom Learning Program

Our learning program follows the Victorian Curriculum.  You can read about specific elements of our curriculum below.

More information about the Victorian Curriculum can be found on the VCAA website.

 

Literacy Learning @ KPS

The teaching of Literacy is a priority at KPS. Our school-wide reading program builds fluent, accurate and expressive readers, with a range of comprehension strategies students use to fully understand the texts they read.  In the Junior School there is a focus on developing oral language – increasing vocabulary and speaking in full sentences; and phonics – being able to stretch words out to identify each sound and blending sounds together to make words.

Every student at KPS has their own Writer’s Notebook. In this book the students develop their skills as writers. Students are encouraged to develop their own ‘voice’ as they practise writing narratives, recounts, persuasive and information pieces.

Numeracy Learning @ KPS

At KPS maths skills are taught explicitly in number, measurement and geometry, and chance and data using examples from real life. Through our classroom based Mathematics program students develop their capacity in four proficiency areas of Numeracy – Understanding, Problem Solving, Problem-solving and Reasoning. Students then apply these skills to solve open-ended problems in small groups. Understanding the problem and deciding on the best strategy to solve the problem is developing our students as Maths thinkers. Each maths lesson begins with a whole school mental maths program, whose aim is to build automatic recall of basic number facts. Students answer, accurately, as many quick number facts as they can in 8 minutes.

Opportunities to draw upon and apply these Numeracy skills are incorporated into all areas of the curriculum through our Inquiry Learning approach.

Inquiry Learning @ KPS

With a specific focus on developing student’s curiosity and creative thinking skills our Inquiry Learning approach begins in Foundation and Junior classes with opportunities for students to participate in sessions of developmental play.  During these sessions, students develop communication and collaboration skills as they move from parallel play to more assosciative play with their peers.  They learn about sharing and negotiation while building creative masterpieces!

In our Middle school classes the opportunites become more structured as students participate in Genius Hour.  This approach sets a challenge for students who then come up with an idea based on something they are interested in as a solution to the challenge.

As students move into Senior school, a Challenge Based Learning model is used.  In this model a clear challenge is set and students work collaboratively with the peers to develop a solution and present this to the school community.  This approach helps students to develop their ability to research, question, think deeply and flexibly, and present their ideas in a clear and cohesive manner.

 

Science Learning @KPS Science provides students with a way of answering interesting and important questions abouth the biological, chemical, physical and earth and space world. Science is all about investigating the world around us. Students are provided with opportunities to develop an understanding of important scientific concepts, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, the contribution of science to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives.

Students develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions, apply new knowledge, explain science phenomena and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods. At Kilsyth PS, students participate in one hour of specialist science lessons each week, taught by a specialist science teacher.

Visual Arts and Indonesian @ KPS

Visual Arts and Indonesian is taught in unison at Kilsyth Primary School. The students learn colours, numbers and simple phrases in the Indonesian language. They also are taught Indonesian words associated with the topics taught. The classroom instructions are also given in Indonesian and the students are immersed in the language as much as possible.

The students learn the Art elements of line, shape, colour pattern and texture. They are encouraged to use their imagination as much as possible. The students are taught skills in mark making, drawing, collage, painting, printing threads and textiles, modelling and construction.

Creativity and independent thinking is a focus in each session, and all students are supported in thinking outside the box and linking their individual art work with their feelings and personality traits.

Physical Education and Sport @KPS

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Digital Learning @ KPS

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Learning Support @ KPS

The Levelled Literacy Intervention program is offered to students throughout the school who need extra support with their reading. Small groups of students with similar needs meet 3 to 4 times a week to work on the mechanics of reading and to develop the strategies to monitor reading and self-correct errors, as well as build comprehension strategies. Our LLI program has been braodened to included an extension program for independent readers in the Junior School.

Within each year level team, teacher aides are available to provide one-on-one and small group support for those students that need it.  To ensure we meet the needs of individual students, we carefully monitor the progress each child makes in their learning and develop personalised Individual Education Plans for those students who are performing below, or above, the level expected.  These plans outline the appropriate challenge and support that will be provided.

 

Literacy Learning @ KPS

Literacy Learning @ KPS

The teaching of Literacy is a priority at KPS. Our school-wide reading program builds fluent, accurate and expressive readers, with a range of comprehension strategies students use to fully understand the texts they read.  In the Junior School there is a focus on developing oral language – increasing vocabulary and speaking in full sentences; and phonics – being able to stretch words out to identify each sound and blending sounds together to make words.

Every student at KPS has their own Writer’s Notebook. In this book the students develop their skills as writers. Students are encouraged to develop their own ‘voice’ as they practise writing narratives, recounts, persuasive and information pieces.

Numeracy Learning @ KPS

Numeracy Learning @ KPS At KPS maths skills are taught explicitly in number, measurement and geometry, and chance and data using examples from real life. Through our classroom based Mathematics program students develop their capacity in four proficiency areas of Numeracy – Understanding, Problem Solving, Problem-solving and Reasoning. Students then apply these skills to solve open-ended problems in small groups. Understanding the problem and deciding on the best strategy to solve the problem is developing our students as Maths thinkers. Each maths lesson begins with a whole school mental maths program, whose aim is to build automatic recall of basic number facts. Students answer, accurately, as many quick number facts as they can in 8 minutes. Opportunities to draw upon and apply these Numeracy skills are incorporated into all areas of the curriculum through our Inquiry Learning approach.

Inquiry Learning @ KPS

Inquiry Learning @ KPS

With a specific focus on developing student’s curiosity and creative thinking skills our Inquiry Learning approach begins in Foundation and Junior classes with opportunities for students to participate in sessions of developmental play.  During these sessions, students develop communication and collaboration skills as they move from parallel play to more assosciative play with their peers.  They learn about sharing and negotiation while building creative masterpieces!

In our Middle school classes the opportunites become more structured as students participate in Genius Hour.  This approach sets a challenge for students who then come up with an idea based on something they are interested in as a solution to the challenge.

As students move into Senior school, a Challenge Based Learning model is used.  In this model a clear challenge is set and students work collaboratively with the peers to develop a solution and present this to the school community.  This approach helps students to develop their ability to research, question, think deeply and flexibly, and present their ideas in a clear and cohesive manner.

Science Learning @ KPS

Science Learning @KPS

Science provides students with a way of answering interesting and important questions abouth the biological, chemical, physical and earth and space world. Science is all about investigating the world around us. Students are provided with opportunities to develop an understanding of important scientific concepts, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, the contribution of science to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives.

Students develop critical and creati thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions, apply new knowledge, explain science phenomena and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods. At Kilsyth PS, students participate in one hour of specialist science lessons each week, taught by a specialist science teacher.

Visual Art and Indonesian @KPS

Visual Arts and Indonesian @ KPS

Visual Arts and Indonesian is taught in unison at Kilsyth Primary School. The students learn colours, numbers and simple phrases in the Indonesian language. They also are taught Indonesian words associated with the topics taught. The classroom instructions are also given in Indonesian and the students are immersed in the language as much as possible.

The students learn the Art elements of line, shape, colour pattern and texture. They are encouraged to use their imagination as much as possible. The students are taught skills in mark making, drawing, collage, painting, printing threads and textiles, modelling and construction.

Physical Education and Sport @KPS

Physical Education and Sport @KPS

This page is under construction, please check back soon for more info

Digital Learning @KPS

Digital Learning @ KPS

This page is under construction, please check back soon for more info

Learning Support @KPS

Learning Support @ KPS

The Levelled Literacy Intervention program is offered to students throughout the school who need extra support with their reading. Small groups of students with similar needs meet 3 to 4 times a week to work on the mechanics of reading and to develop the strategies to monitor reading and self-correct errors, as well as build comprehension strategies. Our LLI program has been braodened to included an extension program for independent readers in the Junior School.

Within each year level team, teacher aides are available to provide one-on-one and small group support for those students that need it.  To ensure we meet the needs of individual students, we carefully monitor the progress each child makes in their learning and develop personalised Individual Education Plans for those students who are performing below, or above, the level expected.  These plans outline the appropriate challenge and support that will be provided.

Additional Learning Opportunities

Student Representative Council
Our active Student Representative Council (SRC) is made up of one male and one female student from each class, elected by their peers.  The SRC meets regularly to discuss student ideas to improve and build the positive culture of KPS.  Students on the executive sub-committee of the SRC meet twice a term with our Principal to give feedback and share ideas about positive changes that might be made. The SRC also raises funds for a variety of student selected charities.  Our aim is to provide high levels of student voice and student agency.
Instrumental Music Lessons
Parents have the option of enrolling their child in our instrumental music program.  Students may select from a wide variety of instruments, including keyboard, guitar, drums, bass, and voice (and others).  Students in our instrumental music program can also join one of school bands and perform at assembly, parent nights and local community events.  Instrumental Music Lessons are optional and are provided at an additional cost to parents.
Out of School Hours Care
Before and After School Care is provided onsite by Camp. Australia.  You can find all you need to know by clicking here.
School Production/Wakakirri

We hold a full school production every two years.  This is usually a musical play with Senior School students playing the main roles and all students from Foundation -Year 6 participating in dance items. This is a highlight of our biannual calendar.

On alternate years to our production students from Years 3-6 have the option to take part in the Wakakirri school story-dance festival.

Premier’s Reading Challenge
Each year our students take part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge.  This statewide challenge promotes the importance of reading and encourages students to read a broad range of books.  To complete the challenge students read a specified amount of books within a set time frame.
Library

We have an excellent Library at KPS.  Our central school library is a bright, colourful and inviting space each grade spends at least one hour each week in the library reading and borrowing books.  Each level area has its own level library of age appropriate books for students to readily and easily access for research and reading during classtime.

Once a week we hold a “Book Lovers” club in the Library at lunchtime for students to bring their favourite book and spend time reading quietly and discussing books with friends.

Student Leadership
Each year ten year students from Year 6 are elected by their peers from Yr 4-6 to act as student leaders. This group of ten is made up of two school captains and eight student leaders.  The team have many opportunities to lead our school community.
Sustainability

Valuing and respecting our environment is a an integral part of life at KPS.  Students run our recycling and composting programs, collecting compostable food waste to be used as compost on our school vegetable garden.

Our Frog Bog and natural bushland area are much loved areas of our school grounds.  Including a ‘yarning circle’, these areas provide a wonderful outdoor learning environment for our students.

Lunchtime Activities
After School Basketball
Camps & Excursions
Swimming
Breakfast Club