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At Hamilton (Gray St) Primary school we promote a positive, caring environment where all students are able to achieve. We have a highly motivated, professional and caring staff who focus on the needs of our students.  We work in teams to plan and implement quality teaching and learning programs based upon our understanding of students’ needs, skills, interests and ways they learn best.

Classroom Programs

Classroom programs follow the AusVels that set out three core strands for the Prep to Year 6 curriculum.  These strands include Physical, Personal and Social Learning, Discipline-based Learning and Interdisciplinary learning.  Each strand has a number of domains which describe the essential knowledge, skills and behaviours students need to prepare for further education, work and life.

The three AusVels strands are interwoven and work together in an integrated way to provide a  comprehensive curriculum which aims to develop learning skills, knowledge and social competencies throughout the educational experience.

English

The English curriculum consists of the three dimensions of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.  Our aim is to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to achieve high standards of literacy.

English at Hamilton( Gray St) Primary School is based on the Early Years Literacy model for students in Years Prep to Year 4. Teachers cater for the needs of their young learners in small focus teaching groups of students with similar needs.

In the Middle Years, Year 5 and 6 students work in a supportive environment where they are challenged to extend and use their English knowledge and skills in interesting, meaningful ways.  A wide range of contexts are used to present a range of engaging and challenging tasks that build on students’ prior knowledge and different learning styles.  These form the basis for equipping our students with the skills and knowledge necessary for life beyond the primary classroom.

Mathematics

Mathematical thinking, skills and knowledge develop through the teaching of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. All students are assessed regularly and the teaching strategies adopted focus on the needs of the students. Small focus groups form the basis for teaching in each class and an emphasis is placed on relating Mathematics to real life and developing a range of mathematical tools to problem solve.  Mathematics is an integral part of the curriculum and includes computer based learning activities, games and regular counting and place value activities as a part of daily lessons. We recognise Mathematics is a skill for life and encourage a hands-on and challenging program that caters for the needs of all students.

Maths is taught every day as a separate learning area, and as part of an integrated program. Teachers use formal and informal assessment methods; monitoring the children’s progress against progression points.

Individual Support

Individual Learning Plan

An Individual Learning Plan (ILP) is designed to assist students who have been identified as needing extra support or enrichment in English, Mathematics or Social Development.

Programs for Students with Disabilities

Access to comprehensive, relevant and challenging educational programs is provided for students with Disabilities and Impairments.

Literacy and Numeracy Support Programs P-6

Students who require additional assistance in literacy and or numeracy are supported by specialist support teachers.

Assessment and Reporting

Assessment is an integral part of teaching and learning at Gray Street. There are many ways that our teachers use assessment to inform their planning and assess student learning, both formally and informally. During the year parents are welcome to make an appointment to meet with teachers before or after school. Parents of students with ILPs participate in regular support meetings with the classroom teacher.

Term 1

  • Parent Information Night – learn about classroom routines and programs
  • ‘Meet and Greet’ evening – meet the teacher and share information about your child

Term 2

  • May – students in grades 3 & 5 participate in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) June – Mid year report
  • Parent, Teacher & Student Interview

Term 4

  • December – End of Year Report

Specialist Subjects

Throughout the week students participate in four sessions of specialist subjects.

Visual Art

Students experience a wide range of activities through which they develop and explore a variety of skills and techniques working with a variety of mediums. Students are encouraged to explore the elements of art and to think, plan and research different ideas in order to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the world around them. The children learn to value artworks in their own culture and the culture of others. The Visual Arts program works in closely with Performing Arts especially when preparing for Multicultural day. Many items of completed artwork are proudly displayed throughout the school. This is especially so with the ‘Artist of the Month’!

Music

The music program at Hamilton (Gray Street) Primary School is based on a developmental approach to learning. Students learn about the musical elements through singing, playing instruments, listening, writing, moving and creating. The music program is designed to build musicianship skills as well as cultivating the love and appreciation of music.

Italian

At Gray St, 2015 will be our fourth year in successfully implementing our Italian Language Program.  A quality Italian Language program is taught by a native speaking Italian language teacher from Prep to Year 3 /4.  No matter what your child’s ability, research shows that learning another language can: Stimulate brain development, Significantly enhance English literacy skills, Improve memory, concentration and numeracy skills and overall performance at school and Encourages respect and understanding of other cultures.

Physical Education

At Hamilton (Gray Street) Primary we have the following programs:

  • P-6 Specialist Physical Education
  • Swimming
  • Perceptual Motor Program (P.M.P.)
  • Life Education
  • Hooptime Basketball Bike Education
  • Sport clinics
  • Grade 6 soccer competition
  • Intra School Sports
    • House Sports
    • Athletics
    • Cross Country
    • Summer and Winter
  • After school sports – football, cricket and teeball

Library

Library is taken as part of the classroom program as part of the English program. All children will have a weekly session in the Library taken by their class teacher. During this session the focus will be on promoting an appreciation of literacy and also an understanding of how libraries operate. Children will also be able to borrow books during this session.

ICT

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is an important part of our school’s curriculum. The school is constantly looking at new and innovative ways to incorporate technology into its teaching and learning, not simply because it’s there, but because technology used well can enhance learning and engage students. All classrooms are equipped with Interactive white boards. Students also have access to classroom desktop computers, whole class laptop trolleys, iPads, digital still and video cameras.

Cybersafety is an important focus throughout the school.

Excursion and Camping program

The camps and excursion program is a whole school developmental program met with great enthusiasm by our students and staff. It includes a school wide, camping program and year level excursions. The program provides the children with the opportunity to participate in activities outside the classroom.

Camps and excursions are an important way to further develop our school’s ‘You can do it’ program’s foundation skills of ‘Persistence. Cooperation, Resilience and Getting Along.’

Parent volunteers are a valued resource in such programs. Expressions of parent interest in helping  are usually sought at the beginning of the year at parent information evenings.

The current programs are as follows:

Year level

Prep

  • Excursion with grade 6 buddies.
  • Extended day at school

Grade One

  • Extended Day at Hall’s gap

Grade 2

  • Overnight camp at Port Fairy

Grade 3/4

  • Camping program alternates in years 3-6
  • The skills developed in Grade 3/4 camp are built on in Grade 5/6
  • 3 days at Kangaroobie.
  • 3 days at Grampians Retreat adventure camp

Grade 5/6

  • 4 days in Melbourne
  • 4 days at Sovereign Hill

Swimming Program

All children at the school are involved in an intensive two week swimming program each year. The two week blocks are spread throughout the school year to fit in with the pool and school calendars. The classes are held at the HILAC indoor heated pool with two class levels at a time attending swimming sessions. The lessons are taken by qualified instructors provided by the pool.

The fifty metre outdoor pool at Hamilton Olympic Swimming Pool hosts the annual school swimming carnival in Term Four. Here the four house teams  enthusiastically encourage their team members as they compete in ability level races

Extracurricular activities

Lunchtime is an opportunity for students to participate in multi age interest groups such as: Chess, drama and  garden clubs. Recycling of papers and organic matter is also undertaken by students .

Special Days

The fostering of whole school interaction is supported by a number of ‘special’ dress up days, many of them with a social service focus. These include: Jump Rope for Heart , Footy colours,  Patient Day and Book week .

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