Learning & Teaching
Primary Years Program (PYP)
Kingston Heath PS offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, an internationally recognised curriculum framework for primary school students. We use this framework as a vehicle to deliver the Victorian Curriculum. We are the only PYP school in this area.
The PYP focuses on learning through curiosity, wonderment and inquiry. Our students have opportunities to explore both local and global issues through an inquiry lens and following their own interests. We develop within each student skills, values, attributes and knowledge that they take with them for life. Our students demonstrate PYP Attitudes every day: they are independent thinkers; confident problem-solvers, and they show respect and acceptance. They actively seek to make the world a better place. These are all important features of the PYP.
We promote student and community voice, equity and excellence with all of our students.
The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.
At the centre of all IB programmes is the “Learner Profile”. These attributes of a learner are central to all IB programmes and, at KHPS, we have adopted these attributes as our school values. As students’ progress through school, they reflect on these attributes and develop and demonstrate their features at a more mature and complex level.
Please follow the following link for an overview of the PYP prepared by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOhS6viEg4w
The IB Learner Profiles underpin all IB Programmes. The 10 attributes characterise successful learners are:
1. Inquirers – They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
2. Knowledgeable – They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.
3. Reflective – They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
4. Communicators – They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
5. Caring – They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
6. Thinkers – They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognise and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.
7. Open-minded – They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
8. Principled – They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
9. Balanced – They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
10. Courageous – They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.
These attributes represent values that teachers, students and all who work at the School aim to develop in themselves.
The PYP is all about inquiry:
Inquiry is the process through which a learner moves from his or her current level of understanding to a new and deeper level.
Our students will be:
- Exploring, wondering and questioning
- Collecting data and reporting findings
- Making and testing theories
- Experimenting and playing with possibilities
- Researching and seeking information
- Elaborating on solutions to problems
- Clarifying existing ideas and reappraising events
- Deepening understanding through the application of a concept or rule
- Making predictions and acting purposefully to see what happens
Using inquiry-based learning, the PYP is able to engage and challenge students who have many diverse perspectives, values, cultural backgrounds, and languages.
All units explore the Transdisciplinary Themes of:
- Who We Are
- Where We Are In Time and Place
- How We Express Ourselves
- How the World Works
- How We Organise Ourselves
- Sharing the Planet
The PYP is a transdisciplinary curriculum drawing on individual disciplines into a coherent whole, while preserving the essence of each subject.
Each unit of inquiry includes opportunities for students to develop all five of the following Essential Elements:
The areas of knowledge that we deem especially significant for the promotion of international mindedness in our students
Social, communication, thinking, research and self-management
FORM: What is it like?
FUNCTION: How does it work?
CAUSATION: Why is it like it is?
CHANGE: How is it changing?
CONNECTION: How is it connected to other things?
PERSPECTIVE: What are the points of view?
RESPONSIBILITY: What is our responsibility?
REFLECTION: How do we know?
The attitudes we encourage towards people, the environment and learning are: appreciation, commitment, confidence, co-operation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, independence, integrity, respect and tolerance.
We encourage our students to take action from their learning. This action may extend the child’s learning or it may have a wider social impact.
The Curriculum Model consists of:
> the written curriculum-what do we want to learn?
> the taught curriculum-how best will we learn?
> the assessed curriculum-how will we know what we have learned?
The child is always at the centre!
Kingston Heath regularly updates all hardware and software, so all children have access to up-to-date current technologies.
The classrooms have ‘Smartboard’ Interactive Whiteboards and Interactive LCD televisions that are used for a range of interactive teaching tools to engage students.
Throughout the school we have a combination of laptops, netbooks and desktops. The school also has digital cameras and flipcams for student use.
In 2012 we opened our Multimedia room which gives students the opportunity to film and edit videos.
Students in Years 4 to 6 have the opportunity to purchase or lease a netbook through our one-to-one program.
Victorian Curriculum – Digital Technologies
The Digital Technologies curriculum enables students to become confident and creative developers of digital solutions through the application of information systems and specific ways of thinking about problem solving.
Students acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of digital systems, data and information and the processes associated with creating digital solutions so they can take up an active role in meeting current and future needs.
The curriculum has been designed to provide practical opportunities for students to explore the capacity of information systems to systematically and innovatively transform data into digital solutions through the application of computational, design and systems thinking.
The curriculum also encourages students to be discerning decision makers by considering different ways of managing the interactions between digital systems, people, data and processes (information systems) and weighing up the possible benefits and potential risks for society and the environment.
The Digital Technologies curriculum aims to ensure that students can:
- design, create, manage and evaluate sustainable and innovative digital solutions to meet and redefine current and future needs
- use computational thinking and the key concepts of abstraction; data collection, representation and interpretation; specification, algorithms and development to create digital solutions
- apply systems thinking to monitor, analyse, predict and shape the interactions within and between information systems and the impact of these systems on individuals, societies, economies and environments
- confidently use digital systems to efficiently and effectively automate the transformation of data into information and to creatively communicate ideas in a range of settings
- apply protocols and legal practices that support safe, ethical and respectful communications and collaboration with known and unknown audiences.
Kingston Heath Primary School is currently implementing the eSmart Program, an initiative of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
An eSmart school is a school where the smart, safe and responsible use of information and communications technology is a cultural norm. Students, teachers and the wider school community are equipped to embrace the best these technologies can offer, while being savvy about the pitfalls.
Our School Programs
Kingston Heath Primary school is committed to the successful implementation of all aspects of the Victorian Curriculum. The curriculum includes a focus on all 8 Learning Areas (The Arts, English, Health and Physical Education, The Humanities, Languages, Mathematics, Science and Technologies) and the 4 Capabilities (Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural and Personal and Social).
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 includes both knowledge and skills. This curriculum design assumes that knowledge and skills are transferrable across the curriculum and therefore are not duplicated. The skills and knowledge defined in the capabilities will be developed, practised, deployed and demonstrated by students in and through their learning across the curriculum.
The design of the Victorian Curriculum F–10 is set out below:
The Arts- including
- Media Arts
- Visual Arts
- Visual Communication Design
Health and Physical Education
- Civics and Citizenship
- Economics and Business
- Design and Technologies
- Digital Technologies
- Critical and Creative Thinking
- Personal and Social
The Language Other Than English offered at Kingston Heath Primary is Italian. The Italian program aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain an insight into another culture and its language. At Kingston Heath Primary School we are fortunate to have an experienced teacher in this area. Our focus is on interactive learning, meaning that the language is learnt through games, songs and communicative activities.
School Camp Programs are conducted for students in Years 2 – 6. Year 2 students attend an annual Sleep Over at school, whilst student in years 3 – 6 participate in camps from 3 – 5 days. The program is activity based with emphasis on social development, in particular self-esteem and personal independence. Throughout their schooling, students should participate in a variety of camping experiences. The cost of all camping programs is covered by the parents.
The LOTE language that we teach at Kingston Heath Primary School is Italian. This year the Italian program is taught by Signora Daniela Vecchi. The aim of teaching this language is to provide a quality Italian cultural awareness LOTE program for all students. The program assists students to develop an understanding of the cultural contexts in which the language is used, as well as the shared meanings, values and practices of the community as embodied in that language.
Students in all levels have an hour specialist Visual Arts session each week in our Art Room. The Art program enables students to be involved in a range of activities that aim to develop and extend their individual artistic skills and creativity.
Visual Arts includes the fields of art, craft and design. Students create visual art works that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas. They develop perceptual and conceptual understanding, critical reasoning and practical skills through exploring and expanding their understanding of their world, and other worlds. They learn about the role of the artist, craftsperson and designer and their contribution to society, and the significance of the creative industries including the roles of critics, curators and commentators. Students learn about the relationships between the viewer and artworks and how artworks can be displayed to enhance meaning for the viewer.
Through Visual Arts, students make and respond using visual arts knowledge, understanding and skills to express meanings associated with personal views, intrinsic and extrinsic worlds. Visual Arts engages students in a journey of discovery, experimentation and problem-solving relevant to visual perception and visual language, utilising visual techniques, technologies, practices and processes. Learning in the Visual Arts leads students to become increasingly confident and proficient in achieving their personal visual aesthetic, appreciating and valuing that of others.
Visual Arts supports students to view the world through various lenses and contexts. They recognise the significance of visual arts histories, theories and practices, exploring and responding to artists, craftspeople and designers and their artworks. They apply visual arts knowledge in order to make critical judgments about their own work and that of others. Learning in the Visual Arts helps students to develop understanding of world cultures and their responsibilities as global citizens.
The Visual Arts curriculum aims to develop students’:
- conceptual and perceptual ideas and expressions through design and inquiry processes
- visual arts techniques, materials, processes and technologies
- critical and creative thinking, using visual arts languages, theories and practices to apply aesthetic judgment
- respect for and acknowledgement of the diverse roles, innovations, traditions, histories and cultures of artists, craftspeople, designers, curators, critics and commentators
- respect for visual arts as social and cultural practices, including industry practices
- confidence, curiosity, imagination and enjoyment and a personal aesthetic through engagement with visual arts making, viewing, discussing, analysing, interpreting and evaluating
Kingston Heath Primary school values the health and fitness of every child in the school. We encourage physical activity by providing each grade with a variety of sporting equipment for playtime and lunchtime use, have excellent playground equipment, a large oval, netball / basketball courts and a vegetable garden.
In Grade 5 and 6 students compete in Interschool team sports against local primary schools for the Cheltenham District Sports Association. Interschool Sport is sectioned into Summer and Winter Sport. Students participate in the following sports:
- Summer sports (Term 1) offered are: T-Ball, Volleyball, Cricket and Hot Shots Tennis.
- Winter sports (Term 2) offered are: Football, Soccer, Netball and Softball.
House carnivals are held for swimming, cross country and athletics. Students in Grades 3 – 6 participate in cross country and students in Grades 4- 6 participate in the house swimming and athletics carnivals.
Intensive Swimming Program
All students from Foundation to Year 4 are involved in an 8 day intensive swimming program in preparation for the swimming season ahead.
Students in Years 5 and 6 are involved in a week of life-saving activities on the beach at Beaumaris Life Saving Club. The program is 50% in the water and 50% on dry land.
We profile the performing arts in many different ways. In previous years we have had whole school concerts and end of year performances.
Private instrumental music lessons are conducted during class time at Kingston Heath Primary by local music school, Poco Music.
Private music lessons are offered in any musical instrument you would like your child to learn, including singing.
If you would like your child to commence lessons you can visit our website at: www.pocomusic.com.au and fill out the enrolment form.
Alternatively you can call us on our office number on: 9584 7341
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
At KHPS we are proud of our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program. Students inquire into healthy habits and the world around them. They learn about sustainable gardening methods, caring for our environment and nutrition.
We have free range chickens and we grow fruit and vegetables for our cooking program. Our students plant and harvest our produce. They also work with a dedicated staff member to cook meals. And they develop their literacy, numeracy and science skills within this program.
We have parent volunteers who come and join us to help out in the kitchen and around the school. We welcome our parents as partners in all areas of school life.
Kingston Heath Primary School is working towards a sustainable future and raising environmental awareness for our whole school community. Some initiatives that have been implemented include:
- Worm Farms
- Compost bins in each classroom
- Comingled recycling
- Water tanks
- Solar powered hot water
- Nude Food Days (reducing waste from excessive food packaging)
I Sea I Care
The ‘I sea, I care’ Ambassador Program is designed to help students better understand the plant and animal life of our bays and waterways and the many issues facing them. The senior students in the Student Green Team participate in one excursion each, where they develop the skills and self-confidence to pass on the messages they take away from these experiences to the broader school community. They do this by teaching their peers, speaking to lower grades, writing newsletter articles and presenting at our weekly whole-school assemblies.
In partnership with other primary schools, nursing homes and community groups, Kingston Heath Primary has participated in the Wildlife Corridor Project, where oases of Indigenous plants have been created in a broad corridor throughout South-Eastern Melbourne. This has, in effect, created a series of ‘bus stops’, where native birds can access the plants they need in order to thrive and repopulate the area. The students at Kingston Heath Primary School have planted out and maintained an area of 120 square metres.
We promote a love of reading here. Our library was recently refurbished. Flexible furniture promotes book sharing and talking. We know that student literacy gains are higher when libraries are thriving places of learning.
Our students attend classes here and have the opportunity to borrow and return books.
The library is also part of our clubs program. We open the library at lunch times for students to engage with reading and as an alternate to outside play.
Student Leadership provides an opportunity for students to actively participate in the decision making processes at our school. They are encouraged to take on leadership roles in an endeavour to increase their own leadership skills and to act as effective role models for others. They are encouraged to develop a sense of belonging to the school community and they are provided with opportunities to offer their views and ideas.
At the end of each year, Year 4 & 5 students vote to recommend their preferred male and female school captains for the following year. Their choices are ratified by staff.
The school has four houses for various sport and civic competitions and activities. Two captains and two vice captains are elected for each house.
The houses are:
- Acacia (Gold)
- Melaleuca (Green)
- Eucalypt (Blue)
- Heath (Red)
House Captains have the responsibility for organising sports teams, monitoring sports equipment and organising class and duty competitions and activities.
Year 6 Responsibility
All Year 6 students have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and responsibility in their final year at Kingston Heath Primary School. Duties may include:
- Lead sports events – House Swimming, House Cross Country, House Athletics
- Peer Support – Buddy Activities
- ICT Centre
- Community Service – Leading multi age groups for school activities
- Environment – organising charity days
Assessment & Reporting
Teachers conduct a range of assessments with students throughout the year.
Reporting to Parents
Student semester reports are available on Compass in June and December. Student reports provide you with a clear picture of your child’s achievement and progress against the Victorian Curriculum achievement standards in Foundation – Year 6.
Teacher/Parent/Student Interviews and/or conferences are available throughout the year.