Kagan Cooperative Learning

Cooperative Learning is a learning environment where students work together to learn and are responsible for their teammates’ learning as well as their own.

With Kagan Cooperative Learning, the basic elements are:

  1. Positive Interdependence – occurs when gains of individuals or teams are positively correlated.
  2. Individual Accountability – occurs when all students in a group are held accountable for doing a share of the work and for mastery of the material to be learned.
  3. Equal Participation – occurs when each member of the group is afforded equal shares of responsibility and input.
  4. Simultaneous Interaction – occurs when class time is designed to allow many student interactions during the period.


The strong emphasis on literacy at Yarra Road can be seen throughout the school.

The English curriculum comprises reading, writing, speaking and listening. In the Junior school the Early Years Literacy Program offers daily activities of guided reading, discussions and related comprehension activities are a daily focus.

The Premiers Reading Challenge which encourages all children to read and record their progress is an annual activity throughout the school.

Our Literacy Co-ordinator leads the staff in professional learning programs to constantly improve outcomes for students in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

The coordinated work of Parents, Aides, Mentors and Peer Tutors support children at all levels with their literacy learning.

To support literacy learning, the school is committed to providing a support program and maintaining an up to date Library / Resource Centre.


The Mathematics program at Yarra Road Primary School aims to develop fully the numeracy skills, language and conceptual understandings of the students allowing them to confidently take their place in a numerate world.

The program is delivered through daily lessons where children experience learning Mathematics through Early Years Numeracy Program and the principles as outlined in AusVELS. These experiences incorporate as many practical and problem solving experiences as possible to enable the students to see the connection with real-life.

As children move through the school, they are given the opportunity to extend the already strong numeracy foundations that have been established by being involved in Mathematic competitions.

The mathematics program follows the Discipline-based Learning Domains as stated in AusVELs. These subdomains include Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. An understanding and application of mathematical ideas are developed through practical and problem solving activities using a wide range of concrete materials.

Our Early Years Numeracy program allows teachers to assess the fundamental understandings of children from Prep to 2 in a one-to-one interview which forms the basis for future teaching directions.

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Learning Technologies (ICT)


Information and communications technology (ICT) is the hardware and software that enables data to be digitally processed, stored and communicated. ICT can be used to access, process, manage and present information; model and control events; construct new understanding; and communicate with others.

At Yarra Road, we acknowledge that learning technologies bring the whole world into our classrooms. Information from around the globe is literally at our fingertips.


Every classroom at Yarra Road has an interactive whiteboard and six desktop computers. This enables our teachers to deliver rich learning experiences using innovative teaching strategies.

Students across the school also benefit from having access to many iPads and iPods. These devices enable students to create digital stories, communicate with their peers from across the world and interact with a range of educational applications to complement classroom core curriculum.

Every classroom has an allocated time in our Computer Lab which is equipped with desktop computers and an interactive whiteboard.

Yarra Road is on its way to becoming a nationally accredited eSmart School where smart, safe and responsible use of information and communications technology is the norm. We also provide safe and secure social networking environments through Skooville, where children aged 6-14 years learn to be smart and responsible online.

Click here for our Digital Technologies Acceptable Use Agreement

Physical Education

Engaging in physical activity, games, sport and outdoor recreation contributes to a sense of community and social connectedness. These are vital components of improved wellbeing.

Students’ involvement in physical activity can take many forms, ranging from individual, non-competitive activity through to competitive team games. Emphasis is placed on combining motor skills and tactical knowledge to improve individual and team performance. Students progress from the development of basic motor skills to the performance of complex movement patterns that form part of team games. They learn how developing physical capacity in areas such as strength, flexibility and endurance is related to both fitness and physical performance.

Students progress from learning simple rules and procedures to enable them to participate in movement and physical activity safely, to using equipment safely and confidently. Students undertake a variety of roles when participating in sports such as umpire, coach, player and administrator and assume responsibility for the organisation of aspects of a sporting competition.

Students develop an understanding of the right to be safe and explore the concepts of challenge, risk and safety. They identify the harms associated with particular situations and behaviours and how to take action to minimise these harms.

The Health and Physical Education domain provides students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary for the pursuit of lifelong involvement in physical activity, health and wellbeing.