Upper Primary Curriculum Overview
The Upper Primary classes follow the Western Australian curriculum for most of our main subject areas. Children are taught in a variety of ways and we hope to make learning fun but worthwhile. Children will be challenged according to their ability and we want to help children to fulfill their potential via the curriculum and prepare them thoroughly for their Secondary and Tertiary education and the globalized world that awaits them beyond schooling. Our priorities are English and Maths, and children will receive daily lessons in both, plus we are able to offer Guided Literacy as a separate subject, allowing us to focus in on key skills that enrich children's understanding of the English language.
English study covers a broad range of Literacy skills, including reading, writing, speaking, listening and drama. Children are encouraged to explore different styles of text and genres of writing besides working on their oral presentation and spoken English.
Maths is divided into three main areas of learning: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability.
In addition, children study Humanities, Science, ICT, Art and Music. We have Health and Physical Education lessons to ensure active and healthy students. For language study, children may choose between Arabic and French as foreign languages. Children are also encouraged to develop themselves as citizens and individuals through Personal and Social Education and Citizenship. For our Muslim students, we have Islamic Studies.
The Multinational School approach is to always strive to make learning interesting and challenging. We offer a good mix of practical lessons to reinforce learning but don't wish to neglect traditional skills. Our curriculum is carefully coordinated so that children progress at the necessary speed and with the correct amount of reinforcement from Year Three upwards.
More about the curriculum can be found here: http://k10outline.scsa.wa.edu.au/home
Upper Primary has a variety of assessment systems working together to allow us to plan for your child's success. Formal assessments take place at the beginning and end of each academic year and include the Progressive Assessment Tests in Reading and Maths, Words Their Way spelling assessments and ongoing writing assessments. The school utilizes the Australian National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) which take place in Years 3 and 5 at the end of each academic year.
Class teachers use a wide range of informal assessment strategies in the classroom in order to check on children's progress and understanding. This allows us to provide rapid feedback to children which research shows can make a large impact on a child's learning development. Giving children time to reflect on their learning and to feedback to teachers is also important as we assess where children are on their learning journeys.
Class teachers and children work together to create and our school rules. We have an active Student Council which works hard to promote children's voice throughout the school. Upper Primary children are encouraged to respect others and work together in a team to promote the school's values. Class teachers take the time to get to know their children and takes pride in knowing the individual personalities that are in the classroom. All children enjoy the chance to gain a House point for our Houses: Fire, Earth, Water and Air. We like to emphasize positive reinforcement rather than use negative sanctions and children respond to the regular praise and feedback from teachers.
Children with extra needs are able to call upon our excellent learning support system. The Learning Support team have members trained in various needs and issues and we have individual support or groups being supported in a variety of learning issues both in and out of the classroom.
The Upper Primary children gather with the whole school in the courtyard before school at 7.45 to line-up and follow the national anthem. Following Registration, our daily timetable consists of English, Maths and, depending on the day, other subjects. We enjoy two breaks a day - for snack and lunch - which gives the children a chance to play with their friends out in the school grounds. Homework in Upper Primary usually consists of some daily reading and spellings with a piece of English, Maths and Science or Humanities given out each week. The school day ends at 2.10 but on Mondays and Wednesdays, children are able to join an After School Activity. Children can be collected from school or take a school bus after school.