Prep - 2

At Weeden Heights Primary School, the Prep to Two team fosters a love of learning and passion for knowledge through our engaging and enriching programs. We plan and deliver a comprehensive education for each individual, with high expectations and an emphasis on achieving personal excellence in academic, social, physical and emotional developmental areas.

Literacy
At Weeden Heights Primary School, our Early Years Literacy Program caters for each and every individual’s educational needs through varied opportunities and activities explicitly focussing on all elements of Literacy.

At Weeden Heights Primary School we incorporate:
  • A two hour daily literacy program including all aspects of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • A wide variety of tasks to meet the learning needs of all students.
  • Comprehensive classroom helper programs inviting parents, grandparents and special friends into each of our Prep to Two classrooms.
  • Additional assistance including Reading Recovery for Year One students (if deemed necessary).
  • Extensive professional development program for staff and families.
  • Engaging student and teaching resources including Interactive Whiteboards and a bank of at least four computers in each classroom (in addition to our bank of 26 in the Computer Lab).

 
Examples of the types of activities our students participate in during our morning learning centres include:

  • Comprehensive instructional small group and individual reading and writing activities including guided and shared reading and writing.
  • Using a variety of materials to form words and develop their word solving skills.
  • Practising and performing plays to an audience.
  • Exploring websites for research purposes and developing their skills with education games and software.
  • Composing passages of text in groups using the Interactive Whiteboard and wireless keyboards.


Numeracy

At Weeden Heights Primary School, our Early Years Numeracy Program equips our students with the skills and understanding to mathematically problem solve in everyday situations. We engage our students in real life experiences to assist them in making connections between related concepts and transfer their skills independently.

At Weeden Heights Primary School we incorporate:

  • Daily Numeracy sessions focussing on the interrelated mathematical areas of number, space, chance and data, measurement, structure and working mathematically.
  • A structured program that incorporates a range of teaching approaches and assessment strategies with a wide variety of tasks to meet the learning needs of all students including individual, pair, small and whole group activities.
  • Extensive professional development for all staff.
  • Engaging student and teaching resources including hands-on concrete materials across all areas of Mathematics.
    Regular use of our Interactive Whiteboards and computer facilities to support their learning including our whole school membership with Mathletics.
At present we have an Early Years Regional Literacy Trainer, an Early Years Numeracy Co-ordinator and a Numeracy Teaching and Learning Coach on our staff. 



Integrated Studies (Science, Environmental Studies, Enquiry Learning, Thinking Skills and Problem Solving)

In 2009, the Weeden Heights Primary School staff, students and parents in Prep, Year One and Year Two began a very exciting journey. The combination of VELS Level One and Two within our school saw the introduction of a whole new curriculum across a three year cycle. Staff plan and prepare an open program which caters to each individual while exploring concepts including Science, Civics and Citizenship, Health and Environmental awareness. Students in Prep to Two further enhance their skills in problem solving and thinking in creative ways through the use of strategies including De Bono’s Thinking Hats and Gardiner’s Multiple Intelligences. Sessions encourage students to increase their independence skills and develop their ability to lead group activities.

Examples of units studies include:
  • Discovering Our World - Local community, family and school.
  • Oceans Alive - Classification and exploration of various sea animals.
  • Tales: Tall of True? - Fairytales, myths, legends, folktales, rhymes and more
  • That’s Entertainment! - Different forms of entertainment in our lives
  • Healthy, Wealthy and Wise -Importance of nutrition, exercise and safe behaviours
The Prep to Two team also utilises wellbeing resources such as You Can Do It! and Heart Masters to develop a comprehensive Welfare program for each of our students. A highlight of this for many of our students is ‘meeting’ Coco Confidence and Pete Persistence.



ICT
At Weeden Heights Primary School our Prep to Two students regularly access ICT tools to enhance their skills across all areas of the curriculum.

These include the use of:
  • Our classroom sized computer lab including data projector
  • Classroom bank of a minimum of four computers
  • Interactive Whiteboards and wireless keyboards in each classroom
  • Digital cameras
  • Scanning equipment
  • Storage devices such as memory sticks and CD ROMS
Our students access a wide variety of software programs to enhance their skills in areas including Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Health, along with increasing their technical skills in creating, saving and retrieving their work using our student network. They also regularly use the internet to explore educational games and activities, undertake simple research tasks and send emails within our school system.



Camping Program
Our camping program at Weeden Heights Primary School begins in our students’ first year of schooling. The main emphasis of our program is to provide students with additional opportunities to further develop and apply their independence skills within varied environments and contexts. The first three years of the program are undertaken within the school grounds, outside of school hours, in order to support the students in making this adjustment away from their families, yet in a familiar environment. We operate these components towards the end of the year to further enhance social skills and encourage students to mix with a range of peers in preparation for the transition into new classes.


Elements of our program may change each year in order to cater for the needs and interests of each cohort of students.

The following information provides an outline of the activities undertaken in 2009.


Prep Breakfast
Students in Prep are invited to join in a shared breakfast with their peers and teachers at school from 8:00am until 9:00am. In 2009, breakfast was served in the ‘staffroom’ to some very excited and ‘grown-up’ Prep students. This was then followed by a fun disco before normal classes took place.


Year One Fun Night
Students in Year One are invited to return to school around 5:30pm, to join in a shared dinner and night of games and activities. In 2009, dinner consisted of pizza and fruit platters, followed by pass the parcel games, balloon activities and egg and spoon races. Prior years have included a disco, storytelling and drama session, movie night and more.


Year Two Sleepover
Students in Year Two are invited to return to school around 6:00pm, to join in a shared dinner, some games and activities and an overnight sleepover concluding with a shared breakfast. 2009 saw ‘The Sleepover’ re-introduced after over a decade, much to the delight of our students, teachers and parents! They engaged in a range of ‘camp-like’ activities including a ‘night-walk’ with torches around the school grounds and a story session in their pjs. This opportunity enabled students to spend the night away from their families, yet in a familiar location where they felt safe and comfortable.

All Prep-Two activities build up our students’ experiences and assist in preparing them for their first official camp held offsite in Level Three.




CAMPING PROGRAM

Elements of our program can change each year, in order to cater for the needs and interests of each cohort of students. The following information provides a brief outline of the activities undertaken in 2009, with 2010 information to be provided later in Term 4.

Prep Breakfast
Students in Prep are invited to join in a shared breakfast with their peers and teachers at school from 8:00am until 9:00am. In 2009, breakfast was served in the ‘staffroom’ to some very excited and ‘grown-up’ Prep students. This was then followed by a fun disco before normal classes took place.







Prep Breakfast

Year One Fun Night

Year One Fun Night
Students in Year One are invited to return to school around 5:30pm, to join in a shared dinner and night of games and activities. In 2009, dinner consisted of pizza and fruit platters, followed by pass the parcel games, balloon activities and egg and spoon races. Prior years have included a disco, storytelling and drama session, movie night and more.


Year One Fun Night
Year Two Sleepover Year Two Sleepover
Students in Year Two are invited to return to school around 6:00pm, to join in a shared dinner, some games and activities, an overnight sleepover and concluding with a shared breakfast. 2009 saw ‘The Sleepover’ re-introduced after over a decade, much to the delight of our students, teachers and parents! They engaged in a range of ‘camp-like’ activities including a ‘night-walk’ with torches around the school grounds and a story session in their pjs. This opportunity enabled students to spend the night away from their families, yet in a familiar location where they felt safe and comfortable.
Year Two Sleepover