The Mathematics program at Redcliffe Primary School provides essential skills in the strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability as outlined in the Western Australian Curriculum. The school uses Origo Stepping Stones as whole school Mathematics program from Preprimary to Year 6. This award winning program was developed by a team of experts and built from a solid foundation of educational research.
ORIGO Stepping Stones builds conceptual understanding through classroom discussions, language development, powerful visual models and engaging hands on activities that foster student thinking. The program provides a variety of rich assessment options, enabling teachers to assess students’ knowledge and skills and make instructional decisions which focus on individual students’ needs.
In the Early Years, ORIGO Stepping Stones builds on students’ natural love for stories to introduce key mathematical concepts through the use of Big Books. These engaging large format maths stories develop and reinforce mathematical language and understanding.
At Redcliffe Primary School, we value Physical Education as an important aspect of our curriculum. We know that regular physical activity is not only essential for healthy growth and development; it can actually improve students’ academic achievement.
Our Physical Education program focuses on the acquisition and refinement of fundamental movement skills, and developing students’ understanding about how physical activity affects their bodies. It is designed to prepare students for a healthy and active lifestyle through the development of skills, knowledge, teamwork and positive attitudes.
Students in Kindergarten to year 2 also participate in the KIDDO program. KIDDO is a physical literacy program designed by University of Western Australia to improve not only the fundamental movement skills of children but also their motivation and confidence to be active. Early Childhood staff are fully trained in assessing children’s fundamental movement skills and implementing engaging and fun activities to meet the needs of their students with the KIDDO program. To assist your child further please visit the KIDDO website: https://www.kiddo.edu.au/i-am-parent
“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”
We believe that learning a second language and its’ culture is something that all young learners can benefit greatly from. At Redcliffe Primary School, our students learn Mandarin from Kindergarten to Year 6. The Chinese Language program focuses on learning to communicate using essential Mandarin and extending students understanding of the Chinese culture. Throughout, the year students participate in a variety of culturally significant events and also have the opportunity to participate in Mandarin writing and speaking competitions.
In the junior years, songs and games are actively incorporated into the lessons, and throughout the school, topics from across the curriculum are integrated into the Chinese program to give more meaning and a real life focus to the language study. Students in Kindergarten and Pre-primary also participate in the Early Learning Languages Australia program (ELLA). This is a digital play based program aimed at making Chinese language learning engaging and interesting through a series of interactive applications (apps).
Students also attend Kung Fu lessons once a week with Master Luong. Master Luong teaches the students about the principals and traditional forms of Kung Fu. In addition, to being a good physical activity and teaching self-defense, Kung Fu also helps students develop important values like confidence, self-discipline, self-esteem and resilience.
Redcliffe Primary School is committed to developing our student’s passion and interest in Science. We believe science is all about discovery and nurturing the natural curiosity that students have about the world around them. The Redcliffe Science program is aligned to the Western Australian Curriculum with student learning covering the three strands:
Science Understandings: Biological, Chemical, Earth and Space and Physical sciences.
Science as a Human Endeavour: Science in our everyday lives, how Science affects decision making in the community, historical events and famous scientists.
Science Inquiry Skills: Planning and conducting fair tests, carrying out measurements, observations and communicating results.
The Primary Connections resource is the main curriculum model used for all science lessons. This resource combines hands-on investigations, evidence-based reasoning and collaborative group work to build the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century. Individual science lessons are structured around the 5E’s inquiry learning model. This model outlines the process used when inquiring and investigating:
- Engage phase: capture interest and elicit prior knowledge of students (without correcting misconceptions)
- Explore phase: provide students with hands-on experience of phenomenon
- Explain phase: students develop scientific explanations for observations and represent developing conceptual understanding
- Elaborate phase: extend students’ understanding to a new context or make connections to additional concepts through a student planned investigation
- Evaluate phase: students re-represent their understanding and reflect on their learning journey
The Primary Connections Resource has a strong literacy link and provides many other cross-curriculum opportunities.