We implement the National Curriculum with a priority on laying strong foundations in Literacy and Numeracy.

AusVELS  (the Foundation to Year 10 curriculum that provides a single, coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and common achievement standards across Australia), is used to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.

MATHEMATICS

The  AusVELS Mathematics curriculum provides students with carefully paced, in-depth study of critical skills and concepts. It encourages teachers to help students become self-motivated, confident learners through inquiry and active participation in challenging and engaging experiences. For more detail on Maths in the National curriculum,  visit this AusVels webpage.

The nature of the Mathematics program at CCPS is for each child to actively participate in a wide range of skills, which will include:- number skills, problem solving, applying maths to everyday problems, geometry, measurement, (weights, length, volume, time, money), estimation and approximation, alertness to reasonable results, reading graphs, prediction and language of maths. In the upper grades, Times-tables are an important facet to help reinforce and consolidate all the four processes:-

addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

At Clifton Creek Primary School, teachers believe there are underlying concepts that need to be firmly in place to ensure all students are successful learners of Mathematics.

We believe that children learn Maths by:

  • Building on prior knowledge
  • Understanding the ‘why’ part of Maths.
  • Being exposed to strategies and concepts taught in a variety of ways.
  • Developing a strong understanding of number, as it is the foundation on which all other topics are taught.
  • Being given opportunities for self-discovery.
  • Articulating the process to ensure new knowledge can be applied across a variety of settings.
  • Automatically recalling fundamental number facts.
  • Consolidating knowledge (for example sharing their Maths experience with parents and assisting other learners)

Teachers’ core knowledge is paramount.  Teachers also know each student and plan/implement a Maths program that is based on quality not quantity.  The role of the teacher includes:

  • Creating a Maths rich learning environment.
  • Explicitly teaching Maths vocabulary.
  • Using concrete materials when introducing new concepts and strategies.
  • Providing concrete materials for any students who need them.
  • Giving feedback that is meaningful and instant.
  • Providing opportunities to practise and consolidate knowledge.

 

ENGLISH

The  AusVELS English curriculum provides students with the skills to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them.  For more detail on English in the National curriculum,  visit this AusVels webpage.

The Literacy program at CCPS  includes all modes of language (listening, reading, speaking and writing) as inseparable and integrated parts of all other curriculum programs and aims to develop each child’s interest, enjoyment and competence in using language to receive and express thoughts, ideas, feelings and knowledge.  There is a balance in the use of the four language modes, and an attempt to engage all students in using each mode on a planned basis.  Children are continually challenged to use the four modes for productive ends.

In both the Junior and Senior Rooms, we have a two hour uninterrupted Literacy Block each morning.  Take home readers continue from prep to Year 6 and your daily signature after listening to the reading is expected.