Curriculum: Rural Learning at its Best
This year one of our two key goals is to raise awareness and to improve Reading throughout the school and community. We have a beautifully appointed school library and children are encouraged to borrow books on a regular basis. Our school follows an approach to teaching Literacy called OLSEL which stands for Oral Language Supporting Early Literacy. In this approach, children learn phonics, text styles, grammar and punctuation as well as emphasising the use of oral language in sharing ideas, retelling stories and story plans. We are very pleased with the results we have achieved using this approach.
The children will take home books each night to read and learn to read independently at their own rate. Parents can help in many ways particularly in setting aside time to support their children with reading together, sharing stories and insights into books. We wish to teach our children not just how to read, but to show them how reading can become a way a life and provide great joy, insights and discoveries.
Health, Wellbeing and Physical Education
Physical Education Specialist Lessons
All children participate in regular huff and puff at the start of each day as well as a weekly 1 hour Physical Education lesson. Our children are fit and healthy. We support this with a nude food policy and healthy snacks a (Fruit Breaks) at 10 am and 12.30 pm.
Early preparation for maths occurs when the parents help the child to count everyday objects, talk to the child about time, involve the child in shopping and budgeting, talk to the child about bigger, smaller, less, more etc when playing with blocks, Lego or similar objects. Let the child play with water, sand, play dough and with varying containers.
Television, computers, DVD's and Nintendos/Gameboys
All these can be marvellous for the young child introducing them to many things, places, animals etc. However too much may;
• Stop a child from normal play where imagination is used and developed.
• Over stimulate a child through high noise and rapid visual patterns.
• Lead a child to be a passive learner.
• Cause a child to miss out on vital oral language interaction as this is limited when involved in the above.
• Limit family life and the ability to listen to each other.
Japanese - Language other than English
At St Michael's Primary School, students in years F-6 participate in weekly Japanese lessons. Students are exposed to the culture, art, language and customs of our Asian neighbour. It is important that children are exposed to other languages in their primary years. Many students find that they have a special talent in this interesting learning area.
Music, Dance and Drama
All children also participate in a weekly MDD class for 1 hour which we have commenced in 2015. Our students are having their creative side nourished by regular dance, music and drama. Our fully furbished art room also is used regularly to support learning.