HPS has adopted a whole school approach to teaching Mathematics through the gradual release model of responsibility to enable students to develop increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. Teachers deliver a balanced numeracy program whereby all strategies are explicitly modelled for students and opportunities are provided to practise and consolidate skills.
Students participate in exciting learning activities and teachers provide activities to differentiate instruction within each lesson and across school years.
The literacy committee has worked hard this year to put together an Operational Plan to create an English teaching and learning guide for Harrisdale Primary.
- K – Yr 2 : Follow synthetic phonics program ‘Letters and Sounds’.
- Yr 2 – 6: Follow ‘Words Their Way’, a language based platform to support early spelling.
All teachers follow the ‘Harrisdale Lesson Proforma’ and the WA Curriculum Guidelines to implement effective Literacy lessons.
A home reading scheme has been set up for children to access. Each child has been allocated an Oxford Literacy login, which allows them continuous access to a range of appropriately levelled reading books. These books are not meant to be challenging. They have been set by the teacher to help children consolidate what they have learned in class and to promote the enjoyment of reading.
K – Yr 2 children also have the option to log into ‘BugClub’, an interactive home reading system.
All students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 participate in music lessons.
Each class attends one sixty-minute music lesson a week in a purpose built, well-resourced music room with an experienced music specialist teacher.
At Harrisdale Primary School we endeavour to instil in our students a love for, and appreciation of, music as an art form. The music program is based on the National Curriculum for the Arts (Music) developed by ACARA and encompasses singing, playing, moving and composing in a variety of musical styles using instruments and digital technologies.
The school also hosts a senior choir for students in years 4, 5 and 6 who love to sing. This dedicated group of students rehearse after school hours and perform at many school and community-based events, as well as the WA Massed Choir Festival.
Harrisdale Primary School use Apple Technologies to enhance learning, collaboration and opportunity for students and staff.
Our vision is to ensure that we prepare students with skills, as well as creative, collaborative and high-order critical thinking and problem solving processes. We strive to holistically develop students to become effective and creative consumers and creators of information and communication technologies.
Teachers enhance and redefine learning across the curriculum, alongside a balance of instructional strategies, and use the SAMR model (link) to reflect on their practice. Learning environments support and accelerate academic levels and needs, as well as engage students in creative, collaborative and high-order critical thinking and problem solving processes.
Our school is an environment where all students and staff have ready access to a full range of current Apple technology, software tools, and applications.
STEM describes interdisciplinary learning, which combines Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and is a priority in the Focus 2016 document, determined by The Department of Education’s Director General, Sharon O’Neill.
Harrisdale Primary School has prioritised and identified STEM in our business plan, with our attention focused around staff collaborating to create opportunity for students to engage in high-order thinking and problem solving, which encourages meaningful and engaging projects that integrate the STEM subject areas.
The forefront of our initiative, is toward ensuring success for all students, accelerating student learning and achievement, as well as creating pathways and connections for students with higher-education and a rapidly changing future workforce.
The Harrisdale Primary School Health and Physical Education Program (HPE) enables students to engage in a variety of learning activities to increase their knowledge of healthy lifestyles, wellbeing and physical fitness. As a result of participating in HPE students will have the opportunity to:
- Demonstrate motor and fundamental movement skills to confidently perform a variety of physical activities.
- Understand movement concepts, principles and tactics as they apply to various sports and modified games.
- Understand the importance of and make educated decisions about achieving and maintaining healthy lifestyles.
- Demonstrate responsible personal and social behaviour in physical activity settings
- Participate in extra curricula activities such as running club, fitness club, lunchtime sports and assorted carnivals and competitions.
In accordance with the Australian Curriculum the following Strands will be used in our HPE Program to meet students social, emotional and physical needs to build confident and physically literate learners:
- Personal, social and community health
- Being healthy, safe and active
- Communicating and interacting for health and well being
- Contributing to healthy and active communities
- Moving our body
- Understanding movement
Learning through movement