At Seaholme Primary School we believe Literacy education is fundamental to children’s success at all levels of education from early childhood to tertiary. Effective Literacy programs enable students to see connections between reading and writing and allow them to engage in extended dialogues about their learning. We pride ourselves on our excellent achievements in Literacy and constantly strive to continue to improve. We work collaboratively in teams to plan our Literacy lessons that are based on current educational research and cater to the individual needs of all of our students. Students participate in ten hours of literacy a week, one hour of Reading and one hour of Writing per day.
At Seaholme Primary School, we aim to develop a love of literature so that all students leave with the Literacy skills they need to succeed.
We have a consistent structure for the implementation of our Reading lessons, guided by the Department of Education’s Reader’s Workshop Model. A typical Reading lesson starts with a whole class focus where the teacher explains the learning intention, based on the student’s needs, and create success criteria that ensures the students know what they are learning. The teacher will model the learning and students will be guided to work collaboratively before moving onto independent practice. Throughout the lesson, students work on their individual goals while the teacher conferences with individuals and groups of students to provide feedback on their progress. The lesson concludes with reflection where students share their success and learning.
In Writing, the teachers follow the Writer’s Workshop Model with a whole class focus. The teacher explains the learning intention, based on students’ needs, create success criteria and use worked examples to ensure the students know what they are learning. Students apply what they have learned while working either independently on a writing task or in small group with students of similar learning needs. One on one writing conferences allow students to discuss their work and set individual writing goals with their teacher. The teacher models writing and think aloud as they show the students what successful writers do. Mentor authors are also used to show students how real authors work and highlight the strong links between reading and writing.
At Seaholme Primary School, learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all students. To ensure all of our students develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively engage with mathematics, our mathematics teaching and learning program aims to development the following characteristics in all of our students:
The Analytical Mathematician
- Makes connections to the real world
- Explains their thinking
- Learns from mistakes
- Understands the problem and can represent it mathematically
The Communicative Mathematician
- Explains their learning and strategies to others
- Supports and teaches others
- Works productively with others
The Creative Mathematician
- Uses multiple strategies
- Uses a range of materials
- Generates multiple solutions
The Motivated Mathematician
- Seeks out new learning and challenges
- Is focused
- Is actively engaged
The Organised Mathematician
- Records their thinking
- Models their thinking
- Is ready to learn
The Resilient Mathematician
- Seeks challenges
- Applies feedback with a positive attitude
- Is persistent and doesn’t give up
At Seaholme Primary School, all students will participate in five hours of Numeracy per week. The content of these lessons is based on the Victorian Curriculum and informed by assessment of students’ understanding. We ensure students are supported or extended depending on their individual needs.
There is also an emphasis placed on:
- Providing students with a clear understanding of the purpose and focus of the lesson through learning intentions and success criteria.
- Following a set instructional model for each lesson which includes a warm up, teacher modelling, collaborative and individual work and reflection.
- Teaching and using multiple strategies to solve open-ended and challenging real-life problems.
- Exposing students to and building their mathematical vocabulary.
We aim to equip all students with the mathematical skills they need to succeed in life beyond primary school.
Seaholme Primary School uses a guided inquiry approach where all students across the school explore the same concept. We explore eight concepts over a two-year cycle. These include Community, Sustainability, Social Justice, Creativity, Identity, Change, Discovery and Connections. These inquiry units are also an opportunity for us to explicitly teach the Victorian Curriculum Capabilities which include; Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Capabilities, Intercultural Capabilities and Personal and Social Capabilities.
During the first week of each inquiry unit, students are immersed in the big-picture concept into which they will be inquiring. Immersion tasks often include a video or hands-on experience that provide opportunities to pique students’ curiosity, allow for the sharing of ideas and encourage clarifying questions.
Students undertake a pre-test to determine what they already know about the content and skills they will be learning during the unit. These tests can be repeated at the end of the learning sequence to monitor student progress.
During each unit, students are introduced to two Habits of Mind. They learn the focus of each habit and have an opportunity to practise it within the context of the content that they are learning. Links to these habits are made throughout the curriculum, providing a powerful mechanism to teach thinking dispositions to students.
Students work individually or in groups as they are exposed to and practise the skills necessary to complete a rich task. Students are introduced to different thinking tools and cooperative strategies and opportunities to connect what they are learning with their lives. Halfway through each unit, students have the opportunity to develop questions that they have about what they are learning. During this time students from grades three to six are prompted to plan and conduct an independent inquiry into one of their questions.
Each unit culminates in a rich assessment task. Students use rubrics to guide their progress and to assess peers. Many units include an opportunity for students to share their completed project with parents and visitors. During the final task in each unit, students are prompted to consider how they will use what they have learnt in the future. They record a reflection, share their ideas with others or create a product to remind them of the skills and knowledge that they have gained.
“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life.” John Lubbock
At Seaholme Primary School, our Visual Arts program is designed to give the students a stimulating and challenging learning experience. It focuses on developing their creativity, imagination and ability to communicate in a ‘visual language’ with confidence. The students complete work using a wide variety of materials and skill areas, in a well-resourced Art room. These areas include painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, sculpture, construction, ceramics, textiles and mixed media.
The program aims to develop students’ foundational skills as artists, using journals for experimentation, design development and reflection. As the students explore and research ideas for their artworks they respond to other artists’ work, use visual imagery as sources and learn how to adapt their ideas appropriately to the medium being used. Students learn to work in a studio style space together and practice appropriate processes with tools and materials.
Other opportunities in the program include participating in school displays, our biennial Art Show, community art programs, competitions and working with artists as available and our regular weekly lunchtime art club.
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky
Physical Education is an integral component of the school curriculum at Seaholme Primary School. Physical activity is not only fun, it is essential to our children’s growth and development. Each year level participates in the P.E. specialist program for one hour a week and completed at least one additional hour of physical activity with their classroom teacher. The P.E. specialist lessons focus on physical activity, playing games, and developing skill sets and knowledge for different games, activities and sports.
In Foundation to Grade 2 the emphasis is on engagement and participation. Activities are designed to be fun and generally non-competitive and focus on building each student’s fundamental motor skills, good sporting behaviours, confidence and resilience. The program is designed to develop body and hand-eye coordination, as well as social and cooperative skills, to enable students to productively work with a partner or as a member of a team. Fundamental motor skills include catching, kicking, trapping, running, throwing, bouncing, leaping, dodging, punting, forehand and backhand and two-handed side-arm striking.
In Grade 3/4, students continue to consolidate fundamental motor and games skills, and begin to develop specific skills for sports and competitive activities. These include skills such as, shooting and dribbling in basketball, kicking, bouncing and hand passing for AFL football and running techniques and individual skill components for a range of athletics disciplines.
By the time students reach Grade 5/6 they are increasingly involved in interschool sporting programs for which there is a higher emphasis on individual game skills, good sporting behaviours, as well as cooperative team play. There is a greater focus on developing understandings of sport specific rules, tactics, equipment and the mechanics involved when playing different individual and team sports. During the course of every year, Grade 5 and 6 students train and compete in teams for the interschool sporting program, which occurs during Terms 1 and 2.
Students across the school are also offered opportunities to be physically active and develop life-long healthy habits and routines:
- Students from all year levels are provided the opportunity to participate in sports clinics in a broad range of sports from outside agencies such as; AFL, Basketball Victoria, Cricket Victoria or Altona Badminton Association. These activities vary year on year according to availability.
- Students can self-nominate to trial to represent the school through the interschool swimming carnival.
- An intensive swimming program operates for students in Grades Foundation to 4 and generally runs over a two-week period during the year.
- A beach safety program operates for students in Grades 5/6 annually.
- Students from Grades 3-6 train and compete in the school cross country event. This event leads to interschool teams competing at district and regional events.
- Students in Grades 3-6 participate the school athletics carnival. Students compete to earn points for their school house. This event also acts as the trials for our interschool athletics team. That team represents the school at the district interschool athletics carnival.
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” Frank Smith
At Seaholme Primary School, students from Foundation to Year Five (Year 6 in 2021) engage in one hour of Mandarin language learning each week. We understand it is challenging to learn a second language, therefore we bring in AIM (Accelerative Integrated Method) to develop students’ oral and written fluency. Students learn through movement and the use of gestures linked to the language; the program develops and stimulates the students’ interest in learning the Chinese language and culture.
Students engage with all sorts of different activities, including songs, games, role-plays, digital learning, story-telling, reading and writing activities. Each year, Seaholme Primary School holds a Multicultural Day where students participate in different activities from different cultures including Chinese Cultural Workshops, such as dragon dancing, fan dancing and Chinese Craft.
“It is not about the technology; it’s about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities” – Marion Ginapolis
At Seaholme Primary School, each grade is allocated a one-hour session per week for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with additional resources shared throughout the school to be used in the classrooms to enhance their everyday learning. STEM activities are designed to be open ended with the students coming up with a solution to a problem or challenge using a variety of materials as well as digital technologies. Questioning, discussion, co-operation, teamwork and critical and creative thinking are all explicitly taught and fostered. Students use their creativity to design, test and modify their solutions allowing for self-reflection and peer reflection which builds their understanding of how things work and stimulates new ideas they could use or develop further in the future.
STEM presents a unique and dynamic blended learning environment where students learn scientific methods that can be applied to everyday life. Experiences extend beyond the classroom and connect to real world applications, which adds depth and meaning: students have the opportunity to engage in coding and 3D design. Seaholme Primary School has been able to access local community support, such as the ExxonMobile Bright Futures Grant, to purchase Sphero Robotics, Lego Mindstorms, 3D printers and 3D design software that support and enhance the learning of all of our students.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato
At Seaholme Primary School our students experience a vibrant, relevant and dynamic Performing Arts experience. The objective is to develop and strengthen the enjoyment and understanding of music, dance and performance to enable children to realise their potential by providing opportunities for creativity and expression of feelings and ideas.
All students attend Performing Arts classes which involve singing, dancing, playing instruments, creating and performing. It is a space that encourages students to develop confidence, perseverance, self-expression and cooperative skills in an energetic, safe and inclusive environment. Students are also encouraged to challenge their imagination and build their capability to think critically and creatively.
Seaholme Primary School also offers additional opportunities for students to participate in choirs and bands which perform at school assembly, gatherings and community events. Private instrumental music lessons are also made available to families at an additional cost. These are run on site by a highly qualified external music teacher.