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PRIMARY

We have a strong focus on literacy and numeracy in the primary years. Students also have the benefit of having specialist teachers develop and implement the music, art, design and technology, information and communications technology, and physical education programs.

 

Our highly successful Opti-minds program develops students' critical and creative thinking skills as they learn to become more confident and autonomous problem-solvers and thinkers.

TALK FOR WRITING PROGRAM

Talk for Writing is a programme that encourages oral language before writing.  Children use a story map with pictures, actions and words to learn a story.  They learn about the language features and text structure.   

Teachers use shared writing to model good writing and explicitly teach grammar and vocabulary so that students develop a series of ‘toolkits’ for writing.

 

Once students are confident with language, they are encouraged to innovate or change aspects of the text such as characters and setting to write their own pieces.  With further work, students invent their own stories using the skills they have learnt.  A “cold task’ is used at the start of the unit and a ‘hot task’ at the end of the unit to measure progress.