Curriculum

Specialist Programs

Music

Children at Valkstone Primary School are exposed to an extensive music program which aims at fostering a deep appreciation and love of music.

Grades prep, one and two children begin learning with the building blocks of music, such as dynamics, beat, pitch and rhythm. Developing confidence, improving listening skills and expression through movement are prime objectives. Non-tuned and tuned percussion instruments such as xylophones and marimbas are used extensively.

Children from grade three onwards are taught to play ukulele as accompaniment to their singing. The ukulele is a very social instrument with a real happiness factor and it’s wonderful to see the children forming their own groups and jamming together. Ukuleles are very portable, cheap and relatively easy to play, which promotes confidence and enjoyment in music. Organisers of the yearly Melbourne Ukulele Festival have said that “there is no instrument more cool in Australian music right now.”

A number of other music programs at the school are also in place, to cater for the individual.

Ukulele
All children from grades 3 to 5 learn ukulele as part of the school program.

Guitar
All grade 6 children learn guitar as part of the school program.

Choir
Senior choir (grades 3, 4, 5 and 6) is held each Monday at lunchtime and Junior choir (grades 1 and 2), meet every Friday at lunchtime. Both classes run between 1.00pm. and 1.25pm.

Musicorp works in conjunction with the school to also offer small group lessons from grades 1 up for keyboard or violin. From grade 3 onwards, additional brass, woodwind and percussion instruments are added to the list of lessons on offer.

School Band
There is a school band, which practices every Monday lunchtime.

Valkstone Has Talent
Valkstone runs a very popular whole school talent contest for both junior and senior classes in second semester.

Whole School Concert
Valkstone holds a much anticipated celebration concert at the end of the school year in the school grounds.

Children at Valkstone are encouraged to share their music skills amongst the school and wider community, building confidence, self-esteem and most of all, having fun!

LOTE / Japanese

 

At Valkstone, we have a lot of fun in our Japanese program. All Prep-Grade 6 students have their Japanese lesson once a week. We have a sister school, Takou Primary School, Osaka and developed an amicable relationship through video conferencing sessions and sending each other seasonal greetings. This year we have implemented iPads into our Japanese program. The children are having fun learning Japanese this way. We will introduce new Japanese learning apps to boost achievement and enhance the learning experience.

Every year, a Japanese Cultural Day/Japanese Incursion Day is organized where we experience Japanese traditions and uniqueness. We welcome special visitors to our school to show events and activities – the tea ceremony, Japanese folk dancing, taiko/shamisen playing, martial arts and more.

Muldeary Sensei マルディーリせんせい & Steph Sensei

Phys Ed & Sports

Elements of Physical Education Program

  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Gymnastics 4 Hire Program
  • Fundamental Motor Skills
  • Soccer, Football
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • T-ball
  • Fundamental Movement Skills
  • European Handball
  • Lacrosse
  • Badminton
  • Athletics And More!

Elements of the Sport Program

Grade 6 weekly interschool sport program.

Summer sports offered: softball, rounders, cricket, kanga cricket, Hot Shots tennis and circleball.

Winter sports offered: basketball, netball, hockey, volleyball, t-ball, football and soccer.

  • weekly sports training sessions for grade 3 to 6 students.
  • grade 6 summer and winter lightning premiership days.
  • house cross country, athletics and swimming and opportunities to further compete at a district level and beyond.
  • intensive swimming program, prep-6, at gesac.
  • strong athletics program.
  • bicycle education program.
  • walkathon fundraisers.
  • jump rope for heart days.
  • visits from mckinnon secondary college students who work one on one with our students, increasing skills.
  • whole school tabloid sports days.
  • grade 1/2 house sports, grade 3/4 and 5/6 twenty, twenty cricket days.
  • junior and senior hooptime basketball competition.

Kate Francis
PE and Sports Co-ordinator/Teacher

Digital Technology

Technology is embedded in all subject areas and classes at Valkstone, with a strong focus on enhancing our students learning experience. Our specialist Digital Technologies and Media Arts program is taught at all year levels, Prep to 6, with a weekly 50 minute lesson in the Digital Technologies room. Our students learn about Digital Citizenship and how to be Cyber Safe – safely and effectively navigating the internet.

Students in Prep and Year 1 will develop their basic understanding of computers and will be able to identify and use different types of hardware such as iPads, laptops, printers, mice and keyboards.  We focus on the development of mouse skills, and familiarity with the keyboard are fundamental for our junior students before learning touch typing basics.  Through a play based learning approach, they will learn about the basic concepts of coding; including how to break big problems in to smaller parts, the concept of patterns and repetition and how to problem solve.  Junior students are introduced to basic robotics through our Beebot robots.

Our students in Years 2 – 6 will develop further their skills in the use of laptops and iPads. They will be introduced to Spheros and LEGO robots. They will be exposed to ideas and concepts around coding, programming, robotics, touch typing and the safe use of devices. Media Arts activities develop skills in videography and photography, which include the use of our green screen and Photoshop. Students in Year 2 begin with simple filming and animation, which is expanded in Years 3 and 4, culminating in Years 5 and 6 with the creation of music videos and short films that are shown as part of our ‘Movie Night’ at Village Cinemas Southland.  

As an integral part of our Digital Technologies program, we involve the skills of problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, developing an understanding of different digital systems and digital solutions, encouraging student voice, agency and leadership. Extra-curricular activities include the “Valkstone News”, photography at major school events and the Digitech Club. Our Digitech lunch time club offers students the opportunity to explore different ideas and concepts about coding and robotics, as well as a space to practise their typing and ICT skills. 

Library

An effective Library information skills program is an essential part of the total education program here at Valkstone Primary. The program reinforces the value of literacy and supports and encourages students’ reading experiences. Our aim in the library is to develop students as life-long readers.

School Libraries provide an alternative space for children to learn. Students are encouraged to read and study in a quiet area. Our Library also provides a place where ALL STUDENTS can access books and gain knowledge.

Students here at Valkstone, will experience and learn a range of skills including:

  • How to take care of books
  • Parts of a Book
  • Fiction vs Non-Fiction
  • Dewey Decimal System
  • Elements of a Story
  • Research Skills
  • Author Studies

Students will be attending lessons fortnightly and have the opportunity to borrow books during this time. They are encouraged to choose books that engage them.

Visual Art

Visual Arts at Valkstone is an exciting and dynamic part of the school curriculum. Students experience a range of creative arts technologies and processes including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, ceramics and sculpture. With a strong school emphasis on sustainability, our art program encourages students to use recycled materials and aims to provide opportunities to create art for the outdoors. Students are able to explore the elements of art including line, shape, space, form, colour, texture and value through a wide range of materials and resources.

Exploring the work of both Australian and international artists is also a strong focus of the visual arts program. Students learn to appreciate and respond to artworks by identifying key features and discussing historical and cultural contexts. Visual arts units are linked to the topics and concepts covered within the classroom and offer students the opportunity to express their knowledge and understanding in imaginative and creative ways. The art program supports fine motor development and the acquisition of relevant skills. Students learn to solve problems, think critically and work in collaboration with their peers.

The visual arts program encourages students to be confident, creative and reflective learners.

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