Teaching & Learning
At Myrniong Primary School, we hold a laser-like focus on each student as an individual and maximising learning growth for all, regardless of their starting point. Our teachers work as a Professional Learning Community (PLC), with an unrelenting focus on student wellbeing a learning growth. Through the regular, purposeful use of assessment, planning in teams and ongoing peer lesson observations, our teachers deliver a world-class education for each and every child.
Literacy @ MPS
Our approach to the teaching and learning of Literacy is broken down into Reading, Writing and Word Study. Each of these components is based on best practice and research and is delivered through our Myrniong Primary School Reading and Writing Instructional Models. These models incorporate elements of the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITs), Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, CAFÉ Reading Strategies and the 6+1 Writing Traits. Our Word Study model incorporates elements of Letters & Sounds, Words Their Way and SALSEL.
Numeracy @ MPS
Our approach to the teaching and learning of Numeracy is based on best practice and research and is delivered through our Myrniong Primary School Maths Instructional Model. Our teachers engage our young Mathematicians through Warm-Ups, Mini-Lessons, Targetted Teaching and reflection in daily Numeracy lessons. As with our approach to Literacy, the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITs) are incorporated into every lesson, where a “problem-solving” approach to Maths adopted.
In Inquiry-Based Learning, students explore a number of topics which are presented through rich provocations, student questioning, and strong links to literacy and numeracy learning. Through this model we are able to extend higher-order thinking and community links beyond the classroom.
Investigations (Kathy Walker Learning Approach) in Foundation/Prep, provide a strong base for our personal, social and interpersonal curriculum, and the next step into problem-based/inquiry learning (Years 1/2 to 6) allows students to delve deeper into these, and begins a gradual release of responsibility for students to become confident, mindful and curious learners.
The chosen concepts for Inquiry have been carefully selected to enhance connections in literacy, numeracy and STEM, as well as provoking students’ curiosity about real world connections and their role in the wider community. We encourage questioning, investigation and authentic learning to enhance student voice and agency.
“Our emphasis is on explicitly teaching ways of thinking that draw on our students’ predisposition to curiosity.
Every one of our students can learn curiosity thinking skills that will benefit their academic learning. They will invest effort into learning curiosity thinking skills if they know those skills are valued, and if they have personal evidence that curiosity thinking works for them. “
~ John Munro – Curiouser and curiouser