Play Based Learning
In recent years, the Foundations to Year 2’s have been participating in our Play Based Learning program. We have two specially designed classrooms to accomodate investigative play. Students investigate different learning centres to develop their exploration skills, creativity, independence, social skills, oral language skills and love of learning. The learning centres are designed by teachers to incorporate:
- focus topics of the curriculum
- different learning needs (fine motor development, dramatic play areas to support oral language and imagination, craft areas to support creativity and many more)
- interests of the students
Spelling Program: Jolly Phonics
In 2018 we are introducing ‘Jolly Phonics’, which is a spelling approach based on synthetic phonics. It uses the synthetic phonics method of teaching the letter sounds in a way that is fun and multi-sensory, enabling children to become fluent readers and writers.
We use a consistent whole school writing program at Albany Rise. This ensures students are developing their skills each year consistently. The VCOP Writing framework provides explicit and systematic instruction in writing, incorporating shared, guided and independent writing through building Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation. Our School staff and leadership work with a number of local schools to raise expectations in relation to Writing linked to the Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO).
Student Personal Goal Setting
Students from Foundation to year 6 are encouraged to develop goals about their learning which reflect their current abilities and personal learning targets in all key curriculum areas. Students refelct on these goals as part of the whole school reporting process. Students in year 3-6 work towards individualised goals which are regularly referred to and celebrated once achieved.
Whole School Instructional Model
Albany Rise Primary School has developed an explicit teaching model for instruction which is used across the school. The model has essential elements aimed at ensuring students are engaged and on task, with activities developed to suit learning needs and interests. The model includes key components, such as ensuring each lesson has a clear learning intention which is outlined to students at the start of each lesson.
Sister School in China
Albany Rise Primary School has recently entered into a sister-school relationship with Fang Cao Di International School Fuli Branch, which is located in Beijing. The relationship will foster, maintain and promote mutual understanding and positive relations between Australia and China.
The goals of our sister school program are:
- To deepen the understanding of and respect for each others’ cultures
- To develop opportunities for students and teachers to develop skills which enhance Australia-China relationships
- To develop ties of friendship through regular communication
- To develop global perspectives and citizenship
- To develop curriculum links and collaborative learning projects
- To enhance the teaching of Mandarin to our students at Albany Rise PS.
Sister School Activities:
- The exchange of information about curriculum, school policy and school events
- The exchange of teaching resources, course materials and teaching strategies
- The exchange of student work, letters, photos, student newspapers, email, etc to promote mutual understanding.
- Distance learning via information and communication technology.
- Study tour programs between the countries, if and when possible
- Teacher exchange programs