Learning

English

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.

Mathematics

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.

Performing Arts

Music, Dance & Drama

All students attend a 45-minute Performing Arts session each week in our large and inspiring Performing Arts room.  We have many zones in our room, including:

  • Main floor area for dancing and movement, playing instruments, and drama games and activities.
  • Custom-built stage area for all kinds of performances, which also doubles as an extra learning space for music theory and media creation using our green screen.
  • ‘Chill zone’ for students to create their own musical compositions and collaborate with each other.
  • Our new recording studio that is set up with a variety of recording equipment.
  • ‘Backstage’ area with costumes and props to inspire creative drama play.

We have a huge variety of instruments to create music, including sets of:

Keyboards, pianos, acoustic guitars, drum kits, ukuleles, bass and electric guitars, violins and a variety of other instruments including xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels, boomwhackers, bongos and djembes, and untuned percussion instruments.

We use all of these instruments regularly in class as the students enjoy making music, exploring sound and learning how to play the songs they love.  We follow the principals of Musical Futures, which encourages students to learn about music by getting them straight onto the instruments and making music.

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Annual Whole School Production

Our students love performing on stage, so we provide them with the opportunity to do so every year.  Our whole school production occurs annually over two nights at the George Wood Theatre at Yarra Valley Grammar.

In the term leading up to the production, we create and rehearse in Performing Arts classes, incorporating songs and dances intertwined with very humorous storylines and characters.

The students enjoy learning about how to put a large-scale production together, being involved in costume design, prop and set creation, program design, choreography and direction.  They enjoy workshopping their ideas of how to make the story come to life on stage.

Private Music Tuition

The Mae Collard School of Music facilitates weekly individual instrumental and singing lessons for all year levels at Yarra Road Primary School, from Prep to Year 6.

The music tuition programs nurture a love and enjoyment of music, connection and a sense of community for all ages. Individual lessons are designed to suit diverse age groups, abilities and levels of experience, from beginner through to advanced.

Mae Collard School of Music offer high quality, joy-filled lessons that are dynamic and educational with experienced and encouraging staff.

Lessons are available in voice, piano, drum, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele and music theory, with performance opportunities provided for all students.

Students work towards individual performance goals, with access to AMEB examinations and various performance opportunities including school assemblies and concerts.

Mae Collard School of Music teachers are qualified, caring, professional and enthusiastic, who work hard to build great rapport with their students, and target their teaching at the students’ individual interests, abilities and goals.

Whatever your music goals – performing to an audience, music exams, or simply having fun – our team looks forward to welcoming you and nurturing you on your musical learning journey.

If your child is seeking tailored one-on-one music lessons that offer variety, enjoyment and individualisation, please enquire or enrol using the link below.

For further information please visit the Mae Collard School of Music website: www.maecollardschoolofmusic.com.au/booking-enquiry

School Choir

Our school choir is facilitated by the Mae Collard School of Music and meets every Monday first recess in the Gymnasium. All students with a love of singing are welcome to come along and sing together for enjoyment. We sing a variety of songs from current pop songs to musical theatre favourites and provide a fun and supportive space for students to sing together.

Our weekly choir sessions focus on singing together and we:

  • Learn the joy of singing in harmony
  • Learn how to sing as a group
  • Learn more about how the voice works
  • Sing a range of musical theatre and pop songs with positive messages and lyrics
  • Develop performance confidence
  • Nurture and develop friendships and connections

Digital Learning

 

“Television didn’t transform education. Neither will the internet. But it will be another tool for teachers to use in their effort to reach students in the classroom. It will also be a means by which students learn outside the classroom”

– John Palfrey, educator and academic.

At Yarra Road Primary, we see the incredible value in 21st-century learning. Utilising digital technologies prepares students for the world they will grow up to be a part of and will allow them to become independent learners and critical thinkers.

Our school program makes use of Google g-suite for education, a revolutionary series of apps which promote collaborative learning and innovative thinking. All students are provided with a safe and secure user account, which they can access on any device at home. At school, students are provided with managed Chromebooks free of charge, which they have responsibility for and take care of. As a Google school, we pride ourselves on the fact that these devices are tools for learning and have spent a great deal of time preparing and resourcing the best software to support student learning with programs such as Studyladder, Typingclub, Libby etc. as well as the Google suite of word processing (Docs), spreadsheet (sheets) and presentation (Slides) apps.

Our program also allows us to take great care in providing education on the appropriate use of technology. We are an eSmart school, that has developed a program of; Device User Agreements, building awareness by taking part in eSmart events (with an alien named Irl), students in Grade 5 & 6 also complete the eSmart digital licence. We also provide support for students and families through informative seminars. Our School Policy outlines our commitment to student safety and runs alongside our Student Well-being program.

Physical Education

Physical Education is interwoven into the culture at Yarra Road Primary School. We believe that introducing students to a positive and active lifestyle can help develop a love of physical activity throughout life.

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. Development starts in Prep with weekly PMP (Perceptual Motor Program) sessions. We target core motor skills, allowing for a strong foundation of skills to build on as students grow.  Students also participate in PE classes that further enhance their developing skills and introduce students to games, different movement sequences and sport specific skills.

They learn how developing physical capacity in areas such as strength, flexibility and endurance is related to both fitness and physical performance.

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 participate in grade 3/4 sport on a weekly basis. This is a house team based competition where they compete in structured games developing sportsmanship, resilience and teamwork. Skills that are crucial in the growth of successful athletes.  As grade 5 and 6 students, they move in to inter school competitions, competing against local schools, and if successful, progressing on to wider competitions including, Division, Region and State Championships.

Engaging in physical activity, games, sport and outdoor recreation contributes to a sense of community and social connectedness.

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.

Sporting Programs on offer at Yarra Road Primary School:

  • Whole School Athletics and Cross Country Events, and Swimming Program
  • Prep PMP, Grade 1 and 2 Sport (Extended PMP) and Grade 3 / 4 Sport
  • School Sport Victoria (SSV) Inter School Sport for grade 5 and 6
  • Grade 1 – 6 After School Basketball Program
  • Grade 1 and 2 Hoop Time Minis, Grade 3 – 6 Hoop Time Competitions
  • Grade 3 – 6 T20 Cricket, Grade 5 / 6 AFL Girls Football
  • SSV State Team Pathways

LOTE

Indonesian is the LOTE (Language other than English) taught at Yarra Road. Each year level has its own course of study which is based around themes, with a new theme each term or semester. Many special activities are incorporated into lessons.

Class lessons include a wide variety of teaching strategies to enable the children to communicate in Indonesian through Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing activities. There is also an intercultural dimension comparing and contrasting similarities and differences between Indonesian and Australian.

There is a strong parental support for Indonesian with many parents taking holidays in Bali. A large proportion of our students continue their Indonesian studies at secondary level.

Sustainability 

Sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint, we believe are important at Yarra Road Primary School.  Our school participates in a number of environmental programs, lunchtime activities, and special days to celebrate the importance of caring for our environment, recycling and reducing waste. The school has Science Captains that have been elected by their teachers and peers as well as representatives from Junior School Council that are involved in these.

We have an outdoor and creative play area in our sanctuary, a school vegie patch, frog bog and an outdoor learning area with garden beds for planting.

 Yarra Road Primary School is working towards a sustainable future and environment for our whole school community by taking a collective responsibility for our actions.

Environmental Programs include:

  • Participating in the Planet Ark Tree Planting Day
  • Winner of the City Of Maroondah Nude Food Challenge
  • Fostering connections and partnerships with local business
  • Coastal Ambassadors Leadership Program
  • Maroondah Council Environmental Leaders
  • Melbourne Zoo-They’re Calling on You Campaign
  • Schools Water Efficiency Program-Water Wise School
  • Walk to School Program
  • National Solar Schools program
  • Landcare Grants
  • Communities for Nature Grant

Classroom Activities include:

  • Paper Recycling in each class
  • Cardboard Recycling
  • Reducing Waste
  • Guest Speakers
  • Linking Sustainability in our curriculum through Mappen
  • Whole School Events
  • A strong emphasis on Sustainability throughout the curriculum

Lunchtime Activities include:

  • Gardening Club
  • Vegie Patch/Frog Bog/Worm Farm

Mateship Program

The Mateship Program was launched during Education Week 2013, with a good deal of enthusiasm and anticipation. Every student has been put into a ‘team’ with its own coloured bandanas and has made their own shield and team name. Every team has students from every grade in it. Some of the comments overheard during the process were: “I feel safe and happy”, “I’m glad to be in this team”, “I’ve made lots of new friends today” and “I’ve had lots of fun”. How great is that!

We have created twenty ‘Mateship’ Groups that that include students from Prep to Grade 6. Each group has chosen a name e.g. ‘Best Mates” and shield that identifies their group’s likes, talents, values, interests and the qualities they admire most.

Each group is individualized by their name, colour of their bandana and even the way they choose to wear their bandana. The staff are also a ‘Mateship’ group and have a bandana that has a purple –(school colour) background with multi-coloured spots (to connect with all the other groups) and chose the name “Spot-On Mates.” The Parent’s Association are in the process of deciding whether they too can be a Mateship Group with their own coloured bandana.

Mateship Groups meet once a fortnight and participate in a range of fun and engaging activities.

Student Wellbeing

Wellbeing Coordinator

At Yarra Road we have a Student Wellbeing Coordinator available to both parents and students. Andrew’s role involves supporting the welfare of all students by working with parents and staff to support the indiviudual needs of the child.

Andrew is also responsible for coordinating the Program for Students with Disabilities, which includes liaising with parents, psychologists and speech pathologists in order to support learning and arrange student funding.

Rights, Resilience & Respectful Relationships

At Yarra Road we teach Rights, Resilience & Respectful Relationships as a way to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviors. This program teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.

Our Student Wellbeing teacher takes classes from grades 1 – 6 to explicitly teach these important life skills through role plays, Circle Time discussions and interactive games.

 

Other ways Yarra Road supports Wellbeing

  • National Anti-Bullying Days
  • Dogs 4 Life Program
  • Working with outside agencies to support families in need
  • Implementing Positive Education as part of our school network initiative
  • Better Buddies program
  • Education around online safety
  • Kagan Cooperative learning
  • Mateship & Circle Time
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