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Curriculum

Early Years

Myrniong Primary School adopts the Walker Learning Approach  in our Foundation – Grade 2 area. The WLA is based upon years of research about play based and personalised learning and social constructivism. The WLA is the first major Australian based total and holistic pedagogy (pre-school to year 8) to be designed and implemented.  At Myrniong we have seen fantastic success in all academic areas and an increase in social skills with our students since introducing the WLA in 2010.

“I love Investigations because I can help my friends to write at the animal hospital” –

Bethany, Grade 2

 Reading- Daily 5

Students select from five authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring. These choices include

  • Read to Self,
  • Work on Writing,
  • Read to Someone,
  • Listen to Reading, and
  • Word Work.

Reading- CAFÉ

The CAFE Menu breaks each component—comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocabulary—into significant strategies that support each goal. Posted on the classroom wall and built throughout the year, it serves as a visual reminder of whole-class instruction as well as individual student goals.

 

Words Their Way Spelling Program

Words Their Way is a developmental spelling, phonics, and vocabulary program. It was developed by Invernizzi, Johnston, Bear, and Templeton. Words Their Way is intended to be a part of a balanced literacy plan that includes fluency, comprehension and writing.

Big Write and VCOP is designed to bring the fun back into writing, to make the children want to write and to be continuously challenged throughout the writing journey. Through games, activities, writing tasks, conversations and discussions, students will learn not only where their abilities lie in a fun and engaging way, but also the steps they need to take, in order to continue to improve.

Inquiry based learning

In our Middle and Upper School we take an Inquiry Based Approach to our teaching and learning. This means that our students are directed by an inquiry question to guide their learning. Inquiry learning characteristics of students are: asking questions, building on prior knowledge and making their own discoveries – finding out information from primary sources to answer generative questions and develop deep conceptual understandings – making connections between ideas, learning domains and experiences This allows learning to be more relevant, as concepts are learned in context and relate to existing knowledge.

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