The students at Abbotsford Primary School undertake 5 hours of focused literacy learning in English each week. This includes reading, writing, speaking and listening.
In reading, teachers model and explicit teach a range of reading strategies. Teachers work with the students to self select their own reading texts for independent reading. Additionally, teachers work with students in focus groups and individual conferences to extend their abilities and strategies in reading. Students are expected to read books at home to revise the learning they have undertaken for the day.
In writing, students are able to express their thoughts and ideas in print, whilst working with teachers to improve their spelling, punctuation, grammar and vocabulary. Teachers will model different text types to the students in each writing lesson, then provide time for the students to undertake independent writing with guidance, support and individual teaching strategies. Students then have the opportunity to reflect on their learning in writing to the whole class.
Speaking and listening are crucial elements for a week-rounded and wholistic literacy learning approach. Students have the opportunity to express their thoughts, ideas and reflections. They are also taught explicit listening skills to further enhance their comprehension and social development.
We encourage parents to participate in classroom literacy sessions, as these offer parents the opportunity to learn the strategies that the teachers use to teach our students.
Mathematics at Abbotsford Primary School is taught in every classroom for five hours a week in both English (Semester 1) and Chinese (Semester 2). Like our Literacy approach, our teaching and learning strategies are researched informed. Each teacher ensures that a clear whole class focus, e.g. multiplying two-digit numbers, is explicitly taught to all. Students use a range of 'hands on' materials to support their mastery of mental strategies. Students work on tasks that are designed to extend their individual abilities by undertaking real life open-ended tasks.
Students reflect on their learning throughout and at the conclusion of a session. This provides students the opportunity to articulate their learning to their peers, reinforcing the skills and strategies they are developing. We encourage parents to communicate with the teachers so that parents can follow the strategies taught in the classroom at home.
Integrated Studies plays an important role to enhance the learning of our students, and is taught in both Chinese (Semester 1) and English (Semester 2). Our teachers plan an integrated curriculum which focuses on a key theme that allows for the incorporation of subject areas such as History, Geography, Health, Civics and Citizenship and Economics. This approach enables our students to practise applying their literacy and numeracy skills and strategies into areas of interest to them. For example, students may have an interest in Natural Disasters. They can practise their comprehension skills when reading about various disasters and draw on their mathematics skills to compare the speed of wind or measuring rainfall.
Abbotsford Primary School uses the MAPPEN program in its design of Integrated Studies units. Click here for more information regarding MAPPEN.