Curriculum

Overview

Ascot Vale West Primary School implements the Victorian Curriculum from Foundation (Prep) to Year 6.
Monitoring student progress at the individual, class, cohort and whole school level throughout the implementation
of our assessment schedule and recording of outcomes on a school wide system enables teachers and the school to monitor all students’ progress and formulate strategies to meet the needs of all students.

Reporting to parents about their children’s progress is provided through two written reports,
One in June and one in December.

In addition, parent, student and teacher meetings at the end of semester one and two where our students discuss their learning and progress with their parents. Additional meetings can be initiated by either the school or parents when required.

The school also has a well- established Student Welfare Program that caters for all students including those with additional needs. The Primary Welfare officer oversees this program.

School Education Framework

At Ascot Vale West, there is a strong emphasis on the teaching of English and Mathematics as the foundation
for all other learning.

Daily literacy and numeracy learning sessions are designed around the individual learning needs of each student-
Stretching and supporting them in reaching their potential.

While literacy and numeracy are our main focuses, the school community values the need to offer quality specialist programs to support and enhance learning experiences.
These experiences recognise and develop every child’s strengths and provide experiences to build world knowledge.

Specialist Subjects

The Arts

Participating in the arts develops students’ critical and creative thinking and assists them to understand themselves
and the world. Our program reflects the cultural diversity of students and the school community.

Health and Physical Education

The Health and Physical education program provides knowledge, skills and behaviours that directly impact on Physical, mental, social and emotional health and promotes life- long participation in physical activity.

Spanish

Learning a language nurtures reflection, deep and creative thinking, cultivates cultural knowledge and stimulates intellectual functioning. Skills acquired directly enhance general intellectual development.

Specialist Program

Extra Activities

Camps

A sequential Camping Program is offered across the school, from Prep to Year 6.
The aim is to provide experiences in developing independence, teamwork and confidence
away from the familiar home environment.

Camps are an integral part of the school curriculum. They enable students to explore, extend and enrich their learning and social skills development, in a non- school setting.

The camping program is as follows:

  • Prep: a dinner held on the school grounds
  • Years 1 & 2: An overnight stay on the school premises
  • Years 3 & 4: A camping experience for two nights
  • Years 5 & 6: A camping experience for three nights

Excursions/Incursions

Excursions/Incursions are integrated with classroom programs and form an important part of school life.
They are used to supplement programs to enhance student learning experiences.

Swimming

The intensive swimming programs are an integral part of the physical education program.

The Program for Years 3- 6 students is held in Term 1 and the Prep – 2 students attend late in Term 4.
Small groups are taught by qualified instructors.
This program operates from the Ascot Vale Leisure Centre, next door to the school.

Moonee Valley Instrumental Music Program (MVIMP)

The school offers musical instrument tuition through MVIMP for students from year 3 -6 who would
like to learn an instrument. (This is an optional program and does incur an additional fee)

There are a wide variety of instruments to choose from, including percussion, bass guitar,
woodwind, brass and strings.

Concert and Art Show

Every year the students develop and show off new art skills in either the Concert program or Art Show.

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