Middle School at Heidelberg Primary School provides a supportive and stimulating learning environment by offering a range of exciting and enriching tasks that are designed to develop students individual talents and strengths across all areas of the curriculum through whole class, small group and individual learning tasks. All students engage in weekly Physical Education, Science, Arts program, Japanese and ICT lessons.
The highlights of our school year in Grade 3 and 4 are:
* 1:1 iPad program
* Alternating Bush and Seaside Camps – 3 days, 2 nights
* District Athletics and Swimming sports
* Book Week Activities
* Junior Hoop Time
* iPad Expo Evening
* Banyule Festival
* Cross Country Event
* Premiers Reading Challenge
* Swimming Lessons and Buddy Swimming program
* School Dance and school Concert (on alternate years)
* Excursions and Incursions
The students are grouped for literacy and will be involved in reading, writing, speaking and Listening activities on a daily basis. During writing sessions we cover a range of text types as well as, journal writing, formal handwriting, spelling, word study and grammar activities. All children begin writing using pencils and are working towards being awarded their Pen Licence.
The 3/4 numeracy program consists of a variety of activities. We generally have six sessions of maths per week. These sessions focus on Number and Alegbra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability. There will be a strong focus on students improving their automatic response and learning their times tables so that they can become more proficient with computation. Extension and enrichment activities are also offered.
ODD YEAR UNITS
Identity – ‘The Game of Life’
In order to recognise and be confident about our own identity, we need to feel supported and cared for by the people around us and the community in which we live.
Students will be able to use the greater understanding they have of themselves as a learner to improve their learning capacity. They will realise that by explaining their needs in any situation they have a better chance of having them met. Students will be more inclined to take responsible risks and to stretch their boundaries, in order to make the most of their lives.
Sustainability –WOW! Look What We’ve Got!
Thinking about and acting responsibly in our world means that we will be prepared to play a part in solving some of the world’s sustainability problems as they arise.
Students will develop sustainable practices around school and home. They will develop a greater appreciation of our natural environment and take responsibility to ensure it is preserved. They will understand what it means to think and act like scientists, thereby using both critical and creative thinking to solve problems.
Social Justice – Look What’s Happening In Our Own Backyard
By looking at where and how we are fair and unfair in our society we can become more aware of our own ability to provide and receive social justice.
Students will have a greater empathy for those less fortunate than themselves. They will be more proactive about addressing injustice where they see it.
Creativity – BUILD a Book!
Creativity can provide joy and inspiration to those who create as well as to those who get an opportunity to view, use and/or read the creations.
Students will be able to see themselves as creative and will have confidence to tackle problems in less conventional ways that require lateral thinking and appropriate risk taking.
EVEN YEAR UNITS
Community – Indigenous Inspirations
Through learning about the values and beliefs of different cultures within our community we can develop and show respect towards EVERYONE.
The expected impact of this unit is that students will develop a curiosity and empathy towards those within their community who come from different cultures to their own. It is hoped that they will show a life-long desire to learn about the different perspectives and belief systems that people within their community hold dear. It is expected that an understanding and appreciation of the contribution of the first inhabitants of Australia will contribute to a sense of awe and wonder about their capacity to live in a harsh climate for so many years. They should also appreciate, and in any way possible, learn from their traditions, languages and belief systems.
Change – Looking Backwards and Forwards
By understanding the changes that have occurred in our past, we are more able to predict and create positive change for our future.
To be human is to be curious. We find it fascinating to look back in time at our history and see what’s the same and what’s different. It is interesting to reflect on the reasons that things change and why some things remain the same no matter what.
It’s interesting to imagine life in the days of our grandparents and great-grandparents. As we discover things about the past we come to appreciate the reasons and feelings behind commemorative days such as ANZAC Day. We marvel at the courage of those who explored the world many years ago, as well as those who still seek to find out more about areas that are still to be explored such as space and the depths of the ocean.
This unit will give students an appreciation of the importance of our history; what we have learnt from our past and how we need to cherish things that must never change. Our students will be conscious of the fact that what they are doing NOW and what is happening in their world NOW will become the history of tomorrow.
Necessity – Money Makes The World Go Around
By developing an awareness of the ways in which money is exchanged and saved, we are more likely to appreciate how work is rewarded in different cultures and the importance of budgeting in order to reach a set goal.
Students will develop a respect for money and that some people have less than they need in order to survive. They will have a greater understanding that what think they ‘need’ is in fact what they ‘want’. This will hopefully enable them to behave appropriately when spending and saving. They will develop an appreciation of budgeting to purchase something they need or want.
Curiosity – Why? Why? Why?
Exercising our curiosity makes us more likely to live adventurous and interesting lives.
Students will have an overt awareness of the importance and impact of exercising their curiosity and the skills to do so in a broad and effective manner.
Students are given a homework grid at the beginning of each term. They are expected to complete the weekly tasks and have them signed by a parent. Students will be made aware of the weekly tasks every Monday and these will be due each Friday. It is also expected that students read for a minimum of 15 minutes each night of the week.