At Meadows Primary School all learning is designed by teachers in line with the Australian Curriculum in the 8 learning areas: English (literacy), Mathematics (Numeracy), Humanities and Social Sciences, LOTE (Indonesian), Health and Physical Education, Science, Technology and The Arts. Students also develop General Capabilities: Critical And Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding, Literacy, Numeracy, Information and Communication Technology, and Ethical Understanding.
Our students build their literacy skills through the Daily 5 program of: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work, Listen to Reading, and Work on Writing. Students build stamina to task and personal choice in literacy tasks. This frees the teacher to conference the C.A.F.E. menu, (Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Extending vocabulary) with every child weekly, on their individualised literacy learning. This year our particular foci, build on our success in Reading, is to Work on Writing through “Book Maker” (Lisa Burman) and “Seven Steps to Writing” (Jen McViety).
Our students build their numeracy skills through Tierney Kennedy’s Back to Front Maths program. The program develops the student’s mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding of the Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability Content Strands found within the Australian Mathematics Curriculum. These are learnt within the Proficiency strands of Understanding, Fluency, Problem-Solving and Reasoning and by using the Numeracy General Capabilities. This year our particular foci is to Increase student achievement in Maths through developing their problem-solving and reasoning skills through a variety of open-ended, challenge based, real-life problems. The implementation of Di Siemons’ ‘Big ideas’ in Number in Reception to Year 3 in consultation with Back to Front Misconceptions data collection across the school will target individual learners and create engaging, practical lessons.
Science Technlogy Engineering Maths (S.T.E.M.)
STEM abbreviation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In this learning area, students learn how to problem solve using a range of practical and ‘hands on’ 21st Century skills. Students use their knowledge of Science and Mathematics to design and create a solution to a variety of different problems.
Students at Meadows Primary School participate in Indonesian lessons with the Indonesian language teacher. The focus of these lessons is to strengthen students’ literacy skills by learning a second language as well as to explore the cultural aspects of Indonesia. Students participate in hands on learning experiences which aim to develop an interest and receptiveness to other people, languages and cultures.
At Meadows Primary we have a strong connection to The Arts Curriculum. Our school choir is involved in the Festival of Music. Our senior students have the opportunity to perform at the Festival Theatre with hundreds of students from across the State. We also perform regularly at school Assemblies and community events.
The senior choir performs at assemblies and community functions. Choir students also have the opportunity to participate in the Festival of Music at the Festival Theatre in Term 3. Students in years 5, 6 & 7 can choose to be involved in the choir.
Student Representative Council and Leadership
At Meadows Primary School we believe that students have a voice and are valuable contributors to our school community. Our Student Representative Council (SRC) meets once every fortnight. Each class is represented by two students who have been elected on school values to promote school spirit and make valuable contributions on behalf of their class. It is the responsibility of the student representative to seek input from their class members and to report back at our meetings. This hands on approach allows us to keep in close contact with students concerns, ideas, feedback and encourages a real sense of pride in our school values and the place of our school.
Youth Environmental Leaders (Y.E.L.)
The Young Environmental Leaders Program (YEL) empowers young people and ensures they have a connection with nature and their local environment so they can appreciate it into the future. The program encourages the ‘ripple effect’ with students teaching their peers and their teachers by sharing back at school and with the wider community. It also encourage students to get involved and take action within their local environment, community and at home. YEL offers students outstanding opportunities to develop as young leaders with public speaking and presentation skills as well as a connection to and respect for their local environment.
Tournament of Minds
The Tournament of Minds is a creative problem solving competition for Primary and Secondary students. Students are expected to work in a group of seven WITHOUT any adult help for five weeks to creatively solve demanding, open-ended challenges from one of the following disciplines:
The Arts: The long term challenges involve research before developing a creative interpretation in response to the Challenge. Plenty of opportunities for artistic expression in the form of dance, song, musical instruments, theatre and all forms of the Visual Arts.
STEM: The combination of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics principles provides an integrated approach for students to deepen their conceptual understanding and use their creative and critical thinking skills to solve the challenges within an authentic context.
Language Literature: The long term Challenges involve in-depth analysis and research of texts from a variety of fields.
Social Sciences: A journey through the moral and ethical issues confronting society in the 21st Century.
There are two aspects to the competition; the second part is a Spontaneous Problem to be given to the students on the day. It is an unseen ‘on the spot’ challenge in which students have to work collaboratively towards a solution in a short time.
In 2019, our Year 6-7 students participated in the program for the first time, sparking immediate interest across the school.
At Meadows Primary School our students have opportunities to participate and compete in a range of sports, including netball, basketball, soccer, A.F.L., athletics, cross country and table tennis. Our community embraces the opportunity to support our students in an environment that promotes our school values of being a collaborative, self-directed, respectful and curious participant.
In Kids Kitchen and Garden Program students explore cooking, gardening and fine dining. Groups independently prepare family sized meals to share tastings, whilst a group gardens to grow produce to incorporate in the meals. Through this interdisciplinary program students collaboratively learn about science in action, culture through food, heritage through old recipes, sharing, serving and dining manners and lastly cleaning up together.
Camps and Excursions
Camps and excursions an integral part of the school curriculum that enable students to explore, extend and enrich their learning and their social skills, problem-solving, life skills development and extend their cultural, environmental and physical development in a non-school setting.
Community Connected Globally Prepared
Our vision for our learners is that during their time at Meadows they engage in learning opportunities that are both community connected and that also engage them in global learning. Both will prepare them to be responsible local citizens and open up the world of work for them for their futures.
Our goal is to increase student agency and responsibilities within the school and the community. Learning will provide opportunities for students to collaboratively engage in learning of interest to them within the community, global learning projects. Staff and students use Restorative Practices to resolve issues and to assist all to take responsibility for their actions and to “fix” issues together. For the first two weeks of the year students engage in the proactive “Ready Set Go” program that establishes codes of conduct, learning behaviours and embeds our vision and school values: Respect, Curiosity, Collaboration, Self-Direction and Bravery in every class across the school.