Kingsley Park Primary School provides a comprehensive curriculum that includes Literacy, Numeracy, Humanities, Science, Health and Physical Education, the Arts and ICT as well as Inter and Intra-Personal Learning.
Early Years and Middle Years Literacy programs are implemented at the school. All literature is graded so children can move through the school being matched to suitable texts. Teachers ensure that every child has the best chance to read as early as practical. A Bridges program runs for children to further support their reading skills. Writing is a high priority across the school, with emphasis on genre and realistic word usage. Children are encouraged to develop their reading through involvement in the Premier’s Reading Challenge and our Lexile program. Regular at home reading is an essential part of our program at all levels.
Maths is taught at every level of the school, and wherever possible, in a real life or hands on situations where understanding is strengthened and learning can be applied readily to related situations. Learning is scaffolded to enable children to build upon previous understandings. Parent helpers are welcomed. Family Maths nights are held, where parents and children can learn together in a fun situation.
Information and communications technology (ICT) is the hardware and software that enables data to be digitally processed, stored and communicated. ICT can be used to access, process, manage and present information; model and control events; construct new understanding; and communicate with others.
ICT, an interdisciplinary domain, focuses on providing students with the tools to transform their learning and to enrich their learning environment. The knowledge, skills and behaviours identified for this domain enable students to:
- develop new thinking and learning skills that produce creative and innovative insights
- develop more productive ways of working and solving problems individually and collaboratively
- create information products that demonstrate their understanding of concepts, issues, relationships and processes
- express themselves in contemporary and socially relevant ways
- communicate locally and globally to solve problems and to share knowledge
- understand the implications of the use of ICT and their social and ethical responsibilities as users of ICT.
Health and Physical Education
Kingsley Park teaches a coordinated and sequential physical education program with a specialist teacher. Children in Years 1 and 3 participate in a Water Safety Program at Jubilee Park, while children in Years 5 and 6 participate in the Mt Martha Beach Program. Children in Years 4 and 6 are involved in outdoor education camps. In addition to fitness sessions, children have a phys-ed lesson once a week to learn skills. House athletics and cross country lead on to district and zone competitions. Children in Year 6 participate in Interschool Sport.
Arts may be visual, graphic or performing, and take place for every grade in the school. All children have a regular weekly music lesson with a specialist teacher, learning the recorder in Year 3 before being offered the chance to join our instrumental program in Year 4. Offerings include drums, keyboard, flute, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet and guitar. Regular band performances occur at the weekly school assembly as well as a Gala Night in Term 4. Our Wakakirri Performance and module concerts are prominent events.
A specialist art teacher takes each grade for a semester of lessons in the art room. The program includes 2 and 3 dimensional tasks and is related to classroom learning.
THE THINKING ORIENTED CURRICULUM
“Our brain is the most sophisticated and fascinating part of the body. It is the supercomputer that controls everything from the hair on our heads to the pads of our toes.”
The Importance of the Thinking Oriented Curriculum.
The Six Thinking Hats
“Good thinking has tremendous power, the power to challenge, the power to influence…the power to change.”
Edward De Bono
Using the hats to look at a decision from all points of view
The De Bono Group
Practical ideas for using the hats
Six Thinking Hats
The six hats and their origin
DIRECT ATTENTION THINKING TOOLS
“An intelligence is the ability to solve problems, or to create products, that are valued within one or more cultural settings.”
Eight Ways of Knowing
Overviews and lesson ideas
Read about the theory and Dr Gardner’s beliefs
Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
Read about the Multiple Intelligences and take the Interactive test to see what your Intelligence is
Disney Learning Partnership
Everything you need to know plus practical applications
Technology and Multiple Intelligences
What do the Multiple Intelligences have to do with technology?