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Teaching and learning

Working as a co-operative team, our  staff work to ensure the experiences and events being implemented on a daily basis are exciting, challenging and rewarding for the students. 

We are all learners…students, teachers and parents, in our daily life and communicating how and what we learn helps us to be reflective and set goals for ourselves.

Embedded in our classroom practice are a variety of strategies that cater for all learners. They include gifted and talented strategies –tiered tasks, differentiation and higher order thinking; as well as, direct, interactive, indirect and experiential practices which are determined by the key learning area or student needs. 

  • Direct teaching practices include explicit teaching, drill and practise, intensive teaching and structured overviews.

  • Interactive teaching is about whole class discussions, cooperative learning and peer partner learning.

  • Indirect teaching includes inquiry based learning and problem based learning.

  • Experiential learning focuses on field excursions, role play and drama.

Teachers carefully consider the best ways to teach a topic or concept based on prior learning, curriculum demands and student need. Recently we have had many opportunities to challenge our thinking about the way we approach our teaching and learning program. As a staff we have made a commitment to being reflective of our practice in the endeavour  to deliver ‘best practice’ in teaching and learning at Vienna Woods State School.

Computers are used across all learning areas. Information, Communication Technologies (or ICTs) are a part of every day learning at Vienna Woods.  Every classroom is connected and we maintain a large computer network, with Interactive Whiteboards connected to the Internet and Network in every single learning space.

In addition to the programs being implemented by each classroom teacher, the students also have specialist lessons each week. These lessons are taught by teachers who are specialists in each of these areas, thus developing the skill base in these subject areas from a young age.

 
Students at Vienna Woods attend specialist lessons in the subject areas:
  • LOTE - Languages Other Than English (Italian)
  • Physical Education
  • The Arts (Music, Visual Arts and Dance)
  • Library

The school is committed to the learning development of the whole person in every child, preparing your child to be a well-balanced citizen with an inquiring mind and a healthy body.

Our school curriculum allows us to ensure a cohesive progression and sequence of learning for the students as they journey through their Primary Years. 

As vital partners in the education of the students, our aim is to have strong and open avenues of communication with our parents and local community to ensure we can work together to maximise the learning potential and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual.

Reporting and assessment

At Vienna Woods State School, assessment information is used to diagnose learning needs, determine achievement across key learning areas and to inform teaching.

We use a variety of testing instruments to determine learning progress including standardised tests: PAT R (reading) and M (maths), Words their Way (spelling) and PROBE (reading comprehension – Year 3-7) and PM benchmarking (reading P-2). 

Every year the students in Years 3, 5 and 7 participate in NAPLAN (National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy).

Students are also tested at the end of a unit of work to determine their overall understanding of the topic.  Pre and post tests are used in mathematics to determine groups for differentiation. 

Assessment also includes, written tests, assignments, multimodal presentations, oral presentations and performances. Each assessment piece has either an accompanying marking guide or rubric. These assessment pieces are moderated across the year level to ensure consistency.

A variety of these assessment types are used to develop a portfolio about the child’s learning which in turn informs end of semester reporting.