Curriculum and Learning Opportunities
The Australian Curriculum
All Australian schools are teaching using the new Australian Curriculum for students in Prep – Year 10. The Australian Curriculum aims to deliver the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians and develop a world-class, 21st century Australian Curriculum for all young Australians, including those who may move across state and territory boundaries throughout their schooling years.
There are three core areas of the Australian Curriculum:
- English, Maths, Science, HASS (Humanities & Social Sciences) , Health and Physical Education
- Arts, Languages, Technologies, My Education and then all other learning areas
General capabilities (incorporated into learning area content in ways that are purposeful and meaningful)
- Information and Communication Technology competence
- Critical and creative thinking
- Ethical behaviour
- Personal and social competence
- Intercultural understanding
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
- Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
Students at Margate Primary School are taught Music and PE. Japanese is also offered at Margate Primary School
Students are provided with a number of leadership opportunities at both class and whole school level. Each class elects a representative to the student representative council (SRC) with Grade 6 students elected to the executive. Each of our school House Teams: Casey (Yellow), Davis (Red) and Mawson (Green) have a Captain and Vice-Captain. Students also have the opportunity to be leaders in ICT, Sustainability, Fitness, Aussie Sports Leaders and to their buddy class members.
Learning Support, Intervention and Extension
As part of our whole school approach, programs are differentiated based on student need and teachers are supported through the involvement of the leadership team, the learning support team and through the ongoing professional learning and planning that occurs regularly across all classes. Teachers plan and support students through differentiating the curriculum, which ensures children are learning at the appropriate level. Students with specific learning or social needs will have a Learning Plan. The Australian Curriculum provides opportunities for students to be extended within their year level. Teachers are supported in this through the learning support to enable this to occur. This is ongoing and will continue to be built on as the Australian Curriculum is rolled out across curriculum areas. Learning area acceleration occurs across most schools and is facilitated within the context of the Australian Curriculum.
There are additional programs offered to a wide range of students to support and extend and these include:- extension programs, music extension, community programs and literacy support.
Interschool curriculum challenges vary from year to year but may include:
- The National History Challenge
- The Maths Relay
- Poetry Competitions
- Japanese Speech Competition
- Art Competitions including Young Archies, Art from Trash competition
- Tasmanian Science Talent Search
These are just a few examples of the ways that students are supported and extended at Margate. Students also participate in a Fire Education and Growing Up Program in the second half of the year.
All students at Margate Primary participate in weekly classroom music lessons for 40 minutes, which include singing, dancing and playing instruments. All classes have the opportunity to learn the xylophone and marimba. Grade 3-6 students have the opportunity to participate in choirs and recorder classes and Grade 5 and 6 students can learn the guitar and be a part of the Marimba ensemble. During the year, students will prepare and perform musical and drama items for assemblies and special performances. Tas Dance will also be working with students in 2018.
ICT (Information Communication Technology) & STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
At Margate Primary School students develop Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability through STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) inquiries as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school. ICT capability involves students learning to make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment. We have a variety of devices including tablets, laptops and desk top computers for students to use to engage in learning activities, research and publish a variety of print and digital media. All students are required to sign and adhere to our Users of Technology agreement.
Students have the opportunity to experience Japanese throughout the year with a specialist teacher. During these lessons students not only learn the Japanese language, but are immersed in Japanese culture and history.
The library is a vital resource centre for our school. There are many ways that parents can volunteer to assist in the library on a regular basis. Please contact the school if you can help with shelving, covering books etc. Students can borrow books each week. There is also a library session for LIL families. The Library has also become a vibrant place at recess and lunch, providing students with a range of different activities to participate in. Each class also has their own classroom library for easy access to books and resources in the classroom.
Assemblies are a time to celebrate learning and encourage students to speak publically. Assemblies usually happen on Friday afternoons and parents are welcome to attend. Information about upcoming assemblies will be in the newsletters, Facebook and the Schoolzine app.
Excursions, Performances and Camp
Excursions are closely linked to the Australian Curriculum and may include walking in the local area or going on the bus to places further afield. Students generally will go on two excursions a year, including a cultural performance. All students must have a signed permission form. This is included in the Student Information Update forms that need to be completed at the beginning of every year. Grade 6 students participate in a leadership camp.
BOOK WEEK: We celebrate Book Week by exploring the Children’s Book Council’s short-listed books for the year and with a Book Week Parade. Students are asked to dress as their favourite book character for the event. Costumes do not need to be elaborate but we do ask they are characters from books rather than TV or movies.
NATIONAL LITERACY AND NUMERACY WEEK (NLNW): During NLNW students have the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting, engaging and stimulating activities throughout the week, with a focus on literacy and numeracy.
NAIDOC WEEK: Students participate in learning experiences designed to increase their knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture (particularly Tasmanian Aboriginal Culture). The week culminates in a whole school assembly.
ANZAC and REMEMBRANCE DAYS: A special assembly is held to mark this occasion and the learning in class assists students to develop their understanding of the significance of the ANZAC spirit in Australian Culture. Margate Primary School proudly marches in the Hobart ANZAC day parade and is also represented at the Snug Services.
We also hold a number of school based celebrations throughout the year, including a Christmas Sing-a-long evening.