Student Learning At Our School
At Barton Primary School we have a culture of high expectation where all students will be provided with the opportunity to succeed. We focus on the growth of each individual student. Through our Professional Learning Teams, teachers analyse student achievement data and create learning tasks based on the student’s point of need and next steps in learning. We have a variety of programs in place across the school to support student learning. At the core of all we do is the Victorian Curriculum, which assists in guiding content to be taught and outcomes to be met.
At Barton Primary School our adaptable learning spaces have been designed and built with the purpose of promoting student learning. Our staff are constantly challenging each other to plan and implement a wide variety of lessons that best utilise the spaces provided and cater to the individual needs of our students. The facilities include:
Learning Hubs (classrooms) where students and teachers work collaboratively to benefit the individual learner
- A netball court sized stadium
- Two outside netball courts
- A full sized oval
- Visual Art room
- Environmental Studies room
- Performing Arts centre
- A central plaza designed for student interaction and creative play
- Playgrounds and sandpit
- 21st Century Technology in all learning areas
Daily 5 and CAFÉ Reading
The Daily 5 structure includes Read to Self, Work on Writing, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading and Word Work. Essentially students are building their independent stamina for reading, enhancing their passion for reading and working independently towards personalised goals. The teachers meet individual needs of students through whole-group and small-group instruction and 1:1 conferring.
Teachers use the CAFÉ system to assess, instruct and monitor student progress. The four components include Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding vocabulary. The CAFÉ system works in conjunction with Daily 5 in meeting the individual needs of students through 1:1 conferring, small group and whole class instruction.
Big Write and VCOP
The aim of Big Write and VCOP is to bring fun into writing, but also provide continuous challenge. Through writing tasks (Big Writes) completed in class, both the teacher and student identify together the steps needed for continual improvement, based on the student-friendly writing continuum. We aim to scaffold the learning so that students become articulate thinkers, speakers and writers.
In conjunction with Big Write, students are immersed in the learning of the main four areas of writing VCOP – Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation. You may even find some of your children demonstrating the moves of “Kung Fu Punctuation” which is an activity to support the understanding of the various punctuation components for writing.
The teaching of Mathematics at Barton Primary School follows the approach and teaching methods of George Booker. Rather than content driven curriculum being the focus, at Barton we have a more learner centred approach. Students are taught at their point of need based on assessment and evidence of learning. They participate in workshops, whilst also working in a variety of small and whole group learning situations. Regular assessment takes place and changes are made to groupings, based on each individual’s point of need. Problem Solving is an integral component of Mathematics teaching and we provide challenging mathematical tasks to promote thinking and real life application of maths concepts.
The Science curriculum at Barton Primary School provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important scientific concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, the contribution of science to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. Students develop their capacity in questioning, planning and conducting experiments and investigations, collecting and analysing data, evaluating results and drawing evidence based conclusions.
Science is embedded in our weekly class timetables, ensuring it is taught for at least one hour per week. All five science strands are covered over a two year cycle, including Science as a Human Endeavour, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Chemical Science and Biological Science.
Inquiry learning at Barton Primary School encompasses a range of subject areas, these include: Civics and Citizenship, Digital Technologies, Design and Technology, Economics and Business, Health, History and Geography. We also ensure the four General Capabilities are embedded in all we do, but in particular throughout our Inquiry Learning topics, these include: Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Capability, Ethical Capability and Personal and Social Capability.
Each year level provides students with immersion into a range of topics, covering the appropriate curriculum outcomes in the aforementioned subject areas. Inquiry learning starts with questions, problems and/or scenarios. Students are trying to make meaning of what they are learning while being guided by class teachers to investigate, pose questions, research and consolidate their understandings. Often this can be done in the form of individual or group projects and/or through whole class focussed teaching. Within an Inquiry unit many outcomes are being sought by both the teachers and students, with students being active participants in their learning.
The Performing Arts program at Barton Primary School is centred on the ability of each child to create musical works through song, instrumentation and technology. From the Foundation year onwards, students are engaged in an ever expanding repertoire of songs and activities that prepare them to appreciate, create and perform musical pieces. Over their time at Barton, students will sing, dance, play percussion instruments, compose and explore music technology on iPads, learn the recorder and ukulele, and much more! An after-school instrument program is also available.
Students at Barton Primary School engage in a range of activities during PE to develop their Fundamental Motor Skills (FMS) and game understanding. Not only do they improve their individual skills they also work and communicate in teams through a variety of activities including gymnastics, athletics and major and modified games. Prep-Grade 2 has a strong focus on developing the students FMS, whereas Grade 3-6 focuses on specific sports, movement patterns and game understanding. Prep-Grade 2 students participate in the Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) and Grade 3-6 Students participate in a Sport Program.
Visual Arts at Barton Primary School allows each child the opportunity to develop their skills and techniques across a range of visual art practices including; drawing, collage, modelling, textiles and painting. Students develop their own creative and imaginative ideas and express these through their work while learning art theory such as the elements and principles and art history. Students have great opportunities at Barton to create artworks for display, both singularly and collaboratively for a range of audiences, including school assemblies and community art exhibits and competitions.
Environmental Education at Barton Primary School focuses on sustainable practices at school and home. We are closely linked with CERES and are working towards our Resource Smart 5 star accreditation. Classroom teachers attend Environmental Education sessions to promote the integration of sustainable practices across the whole curriculum. Environmental Education is a hands-on program where students will be responsible for taking care of programs within the school such as compost, gardens and worm farms.