Teaching & Learning
At Caulfield South, it is our goal to prepare students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global society. We strive to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, values, understandings and courage to undertake a positive, productive and rewarding role in the world. To achieve this end, we aim to develop independent, confident and resilient learners.
At CSPS academic excellence is valued. In addition to this, through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) framework we also focus on developing highly literate and numerate students, we provide weekly opportunities for learning in:
- Visual Art
- LOTE (Italian)
- Physical Education
Our instrumental music program includes a school orchestra and a drum corps which performs at many public events.
Our school utilises a multi-faceted approach to developing and maintaining a whole school focus on literacy and numeracy, including intervention when appropriate. We ensure that we utilise the current research on effective learning and teaching to inform our teaching program.
The Primary Years Programme has an overlying framework for its curriculum. Six transdisciplinary themes are covered each year, in conjunction with the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). Our school uses these guidelines to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.
The most significant and distinctive feature of the IB Primary Years Programme is the six transdisciplinary themes. These themes form the basis of our Inquiry Units which are meaningful, relevant and have global significance.
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organise ourselves
- Sharing the planet
These themes help teachers to develop a programme of in-depth inquiries which investigate significant, relevant ideas, identified by the teachers, and requiring a high level of involvement on the part of the students. These inquiries are substantial, in-depth and usually last anywhere from two to six weeks.
An ongoing commitment to foster best practice, recognising the importance of preparing and empowering individuals to assume responsibility for creating a sustainable future.
Our vision is to make sustainability part of the norm at Caulfield South Primary School.
We endeavour to create a whole school behavioural change regarding how we manage waste at our school.
We work within a supportive network to assist us in planning, implementing and creating sustainable programs at Caulfield South Primary School.
History of ResourceSmart
ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic is Victoria’s approach to the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI). More than 1000 schools in Victoria have signed up since 2003. In 2011, the Government committed over $8 million to build on the ResourceSmart framework.
We are currently a 3 star school:
We have an active Green Machine consisting of 10 staff members and 24 keen students from grades 4 to 6.
The acquisition of language is a dynamic, life-long and social process that permeates all learning. Our library resources support language learning at Caulfield South P.S. This assists development in English, as well as the various mother tongues and the additional language, Italian.
We celebrate our differences and encourage students to be proud of their culture. Our students are encouraged, through the teachings of the Learner Profiles, to be open-minded so they understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories. The use of mother tongue is supported by the school providing books in the diverse languages represented in our community. These books are housed in the school library.
Book borrowing and research are supported and students may visit the Library each week over lunchtime for quiet reading and reflection.
21st Century education integrates technologies, engaging students in ways not previously possible, creating new learning and teaching possibilities, enhancing achievement and extending interactions with local and global communities. (MCEETYA ICT in Schools Taskforce, ‘Contemporary Learning’ document in Learning in an Online World, 2005).
At Caulfield South Primary School, teachers use technologies and multi-media as part of a range of strategies to engage students in purposeful learning and to prepare them for an ever-changing world. ICT assists in creating powerful learning and teaching to improve student learning outcomes.
eLearning planning supports the impact of the ICT domain of AusVELS across all areas of the curriculum.
To support eLearning the school makes use of:
- eSmart Cyber Safety and Wellbeing Program
- Interactive whiteboards
- Computers, notebooks and iPads in classrooms
- Computer laboratory
- Web-conferencing equipment
CSPS is embarking on a 1:1 Chromebook program to further support eLearning. There has been much time taken in making decisions about the most appropriate and economical devices to be used for the program and to ensure that policies are in place to help protect student safety online. There have been some unavoidable delays in implementing this new program but we are looking forward to seeing it in place during the second half of 2016.
LOTE | ITALIAN
The LOTE (Languages Other Than English) program incorporates the strands of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The Italian program is taught by a qualified teacher of the language. Each grade from Prep-6 receives an Italian lesson each week. It is taught in a sequential and cumulative process. The program is linked where possible, with classroom units of inquiry, through whole class and small group activities.
The Italian program follows the AusVELS and the PYP guidelines. Students are encouraged to speak in Italian.
Spoken and written texts include information with high frequency and familiar vocabulary. Students decode new words by making predictions, (based on context), using bilingual dictionaries and online electronic word banks. They read illustrated texts and are able to write short descriptive sentences using appropriate word order.
Aural tasks involve students listening to short dialogues or descriptions, selecting information and demonstrating comprehension by performing various activities, for example, by completing charts, locating information and matching phrases/pictures/ sentences.
Students are immersed in the culture and the language of Italian through an annual Italian Day celebration.
A comprehensive physical education programme is provided by a highly skilled physical education specialist teacher whose enthusiasm encourages a high level of participation, engagement & learning.
The physical education programme includes:
- Formal weekly physical education sessions
- Annual intensive swimming programme in an indoor heated pool at Star Fish Swim School (P-2) and Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (3-6)
- School camping programme
- House Sport Carnivals
- Interschool Sport which gives students the opportunity to represent CSPS at District through to State level
- Strong involvement in community initiatives such as The Premier’s Active April, Walk to School Month, Walk Safely to School Day and National Ride to School Day.
Our school promotes healthy, active lifestyles in an effort to contribute to the future good health and wellbeing of our students and therefore our society.
Children attend weekly specialist performing arts sessions as part of our curriculum programme. This involves a wide variety of music, dance and drama, where children are able to develop their creative talents. As well as during these sessions, there are many other opportunities for children to perform and shine such as:
- Whole School assemblies
- Junior School assemblies
- Junior School Concert
- Whole School Concert
- Lunchtime concerts
The School Drum Corps attracts many children from Years 5 and 6 who are given wonderful opportunities to perform in public:
- ANZAC Day March
- Grand Final Parade
- Cup Day Parade
- Remembrance Day
- Various local regional events
At Caulfield South Primary School, we offer an exciting Visual Arts programme which is based on learning through inquiry. It provides opportunities for students to create and respond to the arts.
The school program includes a variety of experiences ranging from mask making, painting, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture to textiles, woodwork and metal work. Wherever possible, the arts program supports classroom units of inquiry developing conceptual understanding, enhancing positive attitude and the taking of action. The arts programme also includes independent units of inquiry that support a positive learning environment conductive to the creative experience.
Our artist in residence has worked with our Year 3 and Year 6 students over the last few years to improve the aesthetic look of the playground and the school environment in general. Students have produced eye-catching hand painted tiles above the drink taps, murals on the portable classrooms and an octopus sculpture near the oval. The students have also used recyclable and reclaimed materials to create 3D flowers and amazing animals. The school’s library entrance has also been enhanced with an installation featuring a series of ‘Flying Books’.
Extra curricular activities at Caulfield South PS
- Instrumental music
- Science Talent Search
- Green (Sustainability) Machine
- Junior School Council
- Drum Corps
- Musical events
- Leadership Program including ‘Buddy’ program
- Prep Breakfast
- Year One evening Dinner
- Year Two Sleepover
- Year Three to Six Camping program
- Chess Club provided by Chess Ideas
- Hot Shots Tennis provided by Fit for Kids is run before school
- SOCCERWISE is run after school
- Jewish Studies classes provided by the United Jewish Education Board (UJEB) run before school
- Excursions and incursions to support student learning