Victorian Curriculum


Core Curriculum at Dingley Primary School

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.
Our curriculum is also devised to cater for the many different needs of students, particularly with literacy and numeracy.

English

We believe highly developed literacy skills have never been as important as they are today and as crucial to our planet’s welfare. 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.

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.

Mathematics

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.

Specialist Subjects

Visual Arts

The Arts are highly valued at Dingley Primary School. We believe learning about and through the Arts is fundamental to the development of the whole child, promoting creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving skills and social interactions. Arts provide students with a wide range of opportunities and means to respond to their experiences and engage with historical, social and cultural perspectives. Students are stimulated to think and to articulate their thoughts in new ways, and through a variety of media and technologies.

Students are involved in creative processes that encourage the development and expression of ideas and skills using Visual Arts. Drawing on imagination and innovation, students resolve problems which are inherent in art projects. They consider the elements of art and design: line, shape, form, colour, texture and value, within their own creations and when analysing artworks made by others. The historical and contemporary role of visual arts across diverse cultures is studied to assist students in developing the skills to appreciate and reflect on varied works of art including their own, developing deeper understandings of the elements and principles of art and design in the world around them.

Students can participate in lunchtime Art Clubs and all have the opportunity to be involved in exhibitions, competitions and projects.

Performing Arts

We have an active, vibrant, diverse performing arts culture at Dingley whereby music, dance and drama are embedded throughout all areas of the school and curriculum as well as in dedicated performing arts sessions. In Performing Arts classes students learn to play a variety of tuned and untuned instruments.

The music area is extremely well resourced with sets of keyboards, guitars, ukuleles and percussion instruments. Singing for relaxation and fun is incorporated into every Performing Arts session. There is a lunchtime Glee Club Choir where students learn routines and perform them at school assemblies.Every second year we hold a whole school musical production at the Springvale Town Hall.

These productions are vibrant and all inclusive with personal touches relevant to the school community. On the alternate year we have a Christmas concert on the school oval.

Physical Education

A comprehensive physical education program is provided by two experienced physical education specialist teachers whose enthusiasm encourages a high level of participation, engagement & learning.

The physical education program includes:
- Formal weekly physical education classes
- Annual intensive swimming programs in an indoor heated pool
- School camps (Middles & Seniors)
- House Sport Carnivals- Interschool Sport which provides students with the opportunity to represent Dingley Primary School at District through to State level
- Strong involvement in community initiatives such as The Premier’s Active April & Walk Safely to School Day.

Dingley Primary promotes healthy, active lifestyles in an effort to contribute to the future good health and wellbeing of our students and therefore our society.

Japanese

At Dingley, all students have the opportunity to learn Japanese, where they discover what it means to be Japanese and its culture.

Dingley Primary School strives to deliver authentic and meaningful language learning experiences, engaging in the culture embedded within a language.We aim to inspire an interest in the Japanese speaking culture, people and places, providing skills that will endure and encourage our students to continue with a lifelong love for learning languages and respect for other cultures.

Learning a language can enrich personal development and facilitate international mindedness.Students at Dingley are encouraged to participate in Japanese through speaking, listening, singing, writing, reading and using audio-visual resources.

Japanese is taught once a week in 50 minutes sessions from Prep to Year 6.Sessions follow our Instructional Model where students are given opportunities to use Japanese language in conversations, explore Japanese language concepts based on the students’ own passions and interests as they work through a guided continuum according to their own point of need at any given time.