The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards. Our curriculum is also devised to cater for the many different needs of students, particularly with literacy and numeracy.

 

Literacy

 

We believe highly developed literacy skills have never been as important as they are today and as crucial to our planet’s welfare. It is only through developing outstanding levels of oral language, reading and writing skills that we can learn to engage with complex and far reaching issues to communicate our ideas and actively discuss, question and build on other people’s viewpoints. The teaching of language plays a crucial role in equipping our students with the skills needed to become effective and engaged learners in a wide range of community contexts.

In order to achieve these overarching aims for our students we work collaboratively with our outstanding teachers at Dingley to discuss, plan and teach our quality curriculum. We assess each student’s progress and analyse this data to make plans for future teaching and learning in ongoing cycles. In this way we are always striving to deliver a Literacy program that is tailored to each student’s current needs and abilities.

Language skills are explicitly taught and developed within our units of inquiry and in real life contexts. Our students learn language, learn about language and learn through language:

Oral Language

speaking and listening

Visual Language

viewing and presenting

Written Language

reading and writing

Students have many opportunities available to share what they have learned with other students, families and in wider community contexts. Students enjoy expressing their ideas in plays, debates, storytelling and poetry readings. Digital resources are used to creatively publish written work and perform presentations in visual mediums. Students discuss and explain their learning with their peers and families in forums such as open mornings, student led conferences, three way conferences, assemblies and community events.

Literacy Support

Each year, students from various year levels who may be experiencing difficulty learning to read and write, are selected for a series of Literacy Intervention sessions. The Literacy Intervention enables children to be given small group oral language support to become active and independent readers and writers, better able to join in the daily literacy activities of the classroom. One of the key ways in which students are selected is through our early assessment and data collection which is shared within our collaborative planning times with classroom teachers and our Literacy Learning Specialist.

 

Numeracy

The implementation of a concept based approach to the teaching and learning of Mathematics empowers our students to make connections between ideas, facts and processes; encouraging flexible thinking and risk taking when working mathematically. Through our personalised program, students take ownership of their learning as they inquire into the number system and its operations, patterns and functions. Children are assessed at each stage of their learning and their understanding made explicitly clear to them. Goals are set in partnership with the teacher and strategies and methods for developing their understanding of the unknown forms the basis of their learning in class. Focus groups are key to developing these strategies and for helping the student make further connections with teacher support and guidance.

Learner Agency…

The aim is to make our Mathematics program enjoyable and relevant to our students interests and capabilities, providing them with tools and strategies for inquiring into the goals they are aspiring to achieve.

Problem solving/ other areas of maths…

We encourage our students to be problem finders and problem solvers; as such we run dedicated sessions whereby students apply their skills and understanding to the Problem Solving Process.

At Dingley we aim to develop, in our students, a comprehensive understanding of Mathematics; assisting them them to organise and make sense of their world and establish the skills necessary for bright and productive futures.

Numeracy Support

Similar to our Literacy Intervention Support, students who need extra support are identified early each year through rigorous assessment and moderation by our classroom teachers and Numeracy Learning Specialist within collaborative team meetings. This data is collated and shared with our Numeracy Intervention Support Leader who works with selected students to help solidify the foundation skills required in Numeracy. Small group sessions occur twice a week involving hands on, explicit teaching and exploration of the basic number facts to support the learners needs in each group.

 

Transdisciplinary Learning

 

Students at Dingley use an Inquiry Based approach towards learning. Students are supported through the Inquiry process using Dingley’s Inquiry Cycle. This allows students the opportunity to plan, prepare, find information, use information synthesise, evaluate and take action.

Inquiries at Dingley Primary School are Action based. Opportunities to take action occurs throughout all stages of the Inquiry Process.

Dingley Primary School also recognises the importance of students developing their Approaches to Learning. These approaches to learning are deliberate strategies, skills and attitudes that are part of all areas of the teaching and learning environment, as we recognise the importance of students knowing both what what they are learning and also how they are learning.

Students are supported to develop their Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Social Skills, Self-management Skills and Research Skills throughout all curriculum areas. The Approaches to Learning also support our commitment to developing and supporting the ongoing wellbeing of our students.

 




Co-curricular & Extra Curricular Activities

  

Dingley Primary School’s curriculum is divided into three sections – curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular. Curricular programs are part of the core content at Dingley Primary School; co-curricular programs, such as Sport and Outdoor Education (an overnight stay at the school in Year 2, a 3-day camp in Years 3 and 4, and a 5-day camp in Years 5 and 6; along with the biennial RACV Energy Challenge), are also undertaken by all students as they progress through their schooling.

The extra curricular program refers to the activities that students can partake in, in addition to their regular studies for an additional fee. Encompassing all areas of interest, the many extra curricular programs available at Dingley Primary School, further add to the richness of a Dingley Primary School education.

The co-curricular program at Dingley Primary School is designed to introduce students to a broad range of experiences in areas including Outdoor Education, Performing Arts (Drama, Dance and Music), Sport, Public Speaking, Coding, and Robotics.

Students also have an opportunity to participate in a number of coordinated clubs, which meet regularly throughout the year. These include the Anime Club, Art Club, Drama Club, Friendship Club, Glee Club, and Library.

The co-curricular program aims to ensure our students have exposure to a variety of different activities, providing individuals with the opportunity to extend themselves in areas of interest while building positive relationships with their peers at Dingley Primary School.