Teaching & Learning
At our school the Australian Curriculum is taught in all areas of learning, including Maths, English, HASS and Science with specialist teachers providing programmes in Physical Education, Performing Arts, Music and Japanese. Additional Language learning is also offered in Arabic, Hindi and Chinese. Additional Music private instruction on a one to one basis is offered in a wide variety of instruments.
The DfE Teaching for Effective Learning framework is a reference for quality teaching by all staff at our school. This is reflected in a broad based inquiry model using EALD pedagogical practices to ensure a balance of student led learning and explicit teaching of English literacy and numeracy skills. This enables students to develop skills through these teaching methods to clearly understand and design learning tasks to extend achievement to the highest standard.
Literacy is taught with a focus on EALD pedagogy and theoretical underpinnings. Spelling and reading is taught using Systematic Synthetic Phonics in the early years, followed by Words their Way which is used in Years 3-6.
Numeracy is taught with an increasing focus on problematized mathematical thinking and explicit skill development. Teachers from Reception to Year 6 have been involved in the DfE Thinking Mathematically Project to further develop this work.
Teachers continue to develop a contemporary and modern approach to teaching and learning which draws together STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and maths in engaging learning tasks and projects. Students have opportunities to work in collaborative teams and learn how to apply knowledge of disciplines and understandings in new contexts as they get involved in rich inquiry-based STEM learning activities. Incorporating this approach to teaching and learning promotes engagement and challenge for every learner. STEM education programs will focus on teaching for the development of entrepreneurial, critical and creative thinking skills and strong subject knowledge and understanding.
Learning Areas and the Australian Curriculum
All students are assessed in accordance with the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum at their year level. Below is a brief outline of each learning area, including the content and strands of each.
The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. Together, the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.
The Mathematics curriculum is organised around the interaction of three content strands and four proficiency strands. The content strands are number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. They describe what is to be taught and learnt. The proficiency strands are understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning.
The Science curriculum has three interrelated strands: science understanding, science as a human endeavour and science inquiry skills. The science understanding comprises four sub-strands, being biological, chemical, physical and Earth and Space sciences.
Humanities & Social Sciences
The Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum learning area includes a study of history, geography, civics and citizenship and economics and business. Each of the learning areas are organised into two broad strands, being knowledge and understanding and inquiry and skills.
The Technologies curriculum describes two distinct but related subjects: Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies. Each subject has two strands, being knowledge and understanding and processes and production skills.
Health & PE
The Health and Physical Education curriculum is organised into two content strands: personal, social and community health and movement and physical activity.
The Arts curriculum is a learning area that draws together related but distinct art forms. The Australian Curriculum: The Arts comprises five subjects: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. Each area focuses on its own practices, terminology and unique ways of looking at the world.
The Languages curriculum is designed to enable all students to engage in learning a language in addition to English. The learning area is organised into the strands of communication, aspects of language and culture and reflection. Japanese is the main language taught at Plympton Primary. Our First Language Maintenance and Development program includes Arabic, Chinese, Urdu, Nepalese and Hindi.
As well as learning areas, the general capabilities play a significant role in the Australian Curriculum in equipping our students to live and work successfully in an ever changing and complex world.
For more information on any of the learning areas or general capabilities, please go to: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au
The Student Representative Council (SRC) is the main consultation group to provide student voice in the decision making processes for the school. The SRC is also responsible for organising student events. Each class has representatives elected each year. There is also opportunity for students to be House Leaders and Active After School Coaches.
Students are encouraged to participate in academic competitions such as ICAS, Oliphant Science Awards, Australian Mathematics Challenge and Book in a Day. They are also invited to participate in School Sport SA events at local, state and national level in a wide variety of team and individual pursuits.
Community Service is an important part of our school community development with active encouragement and leadership promoted to connect with our local neighbours, gardening, library helpers, charity work with local non-government support agencies and coaching of teams.
Physical Education & Sport Program
Australian Rules Football
Volunteer parents coordinate the Plympton Primary Football Club with the assistance of the school. Students both boys and girls in years 2-6 are eligible to play in a modified rules competition that runs from early Term 2 till the middle of Term 3. Training is on Wednesday nights straight after school for all teams on the school oval. Games are usually on a Saturday morning following a home and away program at various school ovals located in the local area. Game times vary from 9am – 12pm depending on the year level of your child.
School Sport South Australia
Plympton Primary School enters teams into the following School Sport SA events as a part of our commitment to providing opportunities for sporting excellence.
- Cross Country
- Australian Rules Football
- Cross Country
- Australian Rules Football
After School Sport
As a part of our commitment to providing sporting opportunities for students we provide an after school sports program which is coordinated by our staff and senior year 6 student volunteers. The after school sport program operates in Terms 1+2 on a Tuesday night straight after school for an hour. The program is available to students in reception to year 4. The sports offered include basketball, cricket, football, netball and tennis. The program runs for approximately 6-8 weeks.
After school sports competitions are also offered throughout the year. These sports cost approximately $7 per week and run for 2 terms. This year, sports offered are:
- T-Ball (Reception-Year 3, Saturday Mornings)
- Basketball (Year 1-6, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons)
- Netball (Year 3-4, Monday afternoons)
These sports rely on parents volunteers to ensure participation.
Plympton Primary has a lunchtime soccer program that is co-ordinated and run by a staff member. Students practice during lunchtime once a week. The school holds two interschool matches within our partnership schools during the year. The soccer club is open to all students from year 4-6.
Extra Curricula Opportunities
Festival of Music Choir
Years 5-6 students have the opportunity to partake in the Festival of Music Choir each year. The Festival of Music is a school based music education program brought to you by the SA Public Primary Schools’ Music Society and the Department for Education and Child Development. Students learn 15 songs over the year, having once a week choir lessons during school hours. Students perform with 21 other schools across South Australia in term 3 at the Festival Theatre. It is a huge event with students participating in workshops and two big rehearsals before the performance. It is an amazing experience!
Year 4 Choir
Year 4 students have the opportunity in term 4 of each year to join Choir for the term to prepare them for the next year when they can sing at the Festival of Music. Students select the songs with the Choir Teacher and perform throughout the term.
Onsite instrumental tuition is available during school hours. Students are able to undertake individual or small group lessons with our private instrumental teachers. Prices vary from teacher to teacher from $15-34 a half hour. Payment is negotiated directly through the instrumental teachers. Instrumental hire is organise through the school or privately and varies depending on the instrument.
- Reception – Year 7
- Year 2 – Year 7
- Year 4 – Year 7
- Year 4 – Year 7
Guitar/ Bass Guitar/ Voice
Woodwind – Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone
Percussion – Drum kit
School Concert Band
Student who play a Brass, Woodwind and or Percussive instrument have the opportunity to join the school band after 6 months of playing. Students are committed and rehearse weekly. Day and times are negotiated at the start of the year. We include our Beach Front Hub Students in the band also.
DfE Beach Front Hub Program – Brighton Secondary School
Year 5-6 students have the opportunity to begin FREE Instrumental Music Lessons at Brighton Secondary School. Instruments include Bass, Percussion, Brass:- Trombone, Tuba, Trumpet, Woodwind:- Flute, Saxophone or Clarinet. Transport is the responsibility of the parents. Carpooling is recommended. Lessons begin usually week 4 of term 1. Students attend lessons on Wednesdays, for half an hour each week, between 9.30 and 10.30am. Later in the year students will form the beginner band. Students will need to buy or hire an instrument ($180pa) organised through the school or privately along with tutor book ($17) and admin fee ($25). Once a student has started it is expected that they will attend all lessons, continue for the whole year, and practice at home!
First Language Maintenance and Development (FLMD) Programs
First Language Maintenance and Development programs support our school with the provision of additional language programs that maintain and extend the home language of reception to year 6 students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds and to support Aboriginal students to learn and maintain their languages.
This funding is allocated on a year by year basis.
The purpose of the FLMD program at our school is to provide mother tongue language-learning support for Reception to year 7 students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD) backgrounds who speak a language other than English at home as a normal means of communication on a daily basis.
The FLMD languages at Plympton Primary School are:
- Chinese (Mandarin)
- Indic language group (Bengali, Gurajati, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Urdu)
Recent arrivals are defined as those students (or their parents/caregivers) who have arrived in Australia in the last 5 years according to South Australian census data and school collection data and who use their mother tongue as their prime means of communication on a daily basis.
The recent arrival student eligibility criterion will be used by the DECD panel in the allocation of the FLMD salaries to Plympton Primary School.