Developing Our Students
Through our school programs, students are guided towards maximising their personal growth and academic excellence.
English & Mathematics
The English curriculum at our school aims to ensure that students:
learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.
The Mathematics curriculum at our school aims to ensure that students:
develop useful mathematical and numeracy skills for everyday life, work and as active and critical citizens in a technological world
see connections and apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes to pose and solve problems in mathematics and in other disciplines and contexts
acquire specialist knowledge and skills in mathematics that provide for further study in the discipline
appreciate mathematics as a discipline – its history, ideas, problems and applications, aesthetics and philosophy.
Kyneton Primary School offers a curriculum in all areas of the Victorian Curriculum program. In addition there is specialist education in Physical Education, Art, Music and French.
The school has an excellent art program for Prep - Year 6 students presented by an experienced artist - Mr Danny Butterworth. Daniel is a figurative painter who predominantly paints self portraits. Daniel’s work featuring Macedon Ranges identity Annie Smithers was short listed for the Archibald Prize. A School Art Show arranged by Daniel is held each year and all students have the opportunity to display their work.
Currently students in Year 1-6 participate in the classroom Music Program led by Polly Christie with the Prep teachers receiving direction from Polly on an appropriate Music program for their level. Polly has been the musical director of fourteen choirs and led workshops at festivals around Australia. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the schools instrumental program which currently offers instruction with nine instruments. These are provided by private tutors at the school, during school time. Instrumental band lessons are a wonderful opportunity to develop your child’s confidence, music making skills, appreciation and expression, as well as opportunities for diverse community involvement. Collaborative skills and friendships are developed through working closely with others.
Mr Dave Romer is our PE teacher who provides developmental physical education instruction for all levels as well as class sports sessions each week. David is a Registered Personal Trainer / Gym Instructor / Group Exercise Instructor with Fitness Australia. David is a Level 2 AusREP with over 9 years in the health and fitness industry.
French language sessions for our Prep - Year 2 students occur for an hour each week and for 30 mins a week for our Year 3 - 6 students. These are presented by Sherry Varga a qualified Canadian teacher of French. French is one of the world’s fastest growing languages with many French-speaking countries experiencing rapid population growth. In addition, it is projected that by 2025, French will overtake German as the most spoken language in Europe.
In addition to Physical Education and sport in the day to day curriculum and as a specialist subject, Kyneton Primary School is actively involved in inter-school sport.
Some teams and individuals have progressed to regional and state finals. Students represent the school in sports such as soccer, football, t-ball, netball, basketball, tennis, golf, cross country, athletics and table tennis.
The school offers a swimming instruction program each year at the Kyneton Toyota Sports & Aquatic Centre and are taught in small groups according to ability. In 2019 this program will run in Term 1.
At Kyneton Primary School we believe thinking improves when people interact with each other, when they break routine by experimenting, when they observe others at work, and when they assess and revise their own options. A cause beyond oneself becomes the norm and the school becomes successful.
For this to occur, technology at Kyneton Primary School needs to be:
· irresistibly engaging for students and teachers.
· elegantly efficient and easy to use
· technologically ubiquitous 24/7
· steeped in real life problem solving
As part of our efforts to ensure that your child gets the best possible education, we are excited to announce that we will be delivering the MAPPEN Curriculum (getmappen.com).
The MAPPEN curriculum represents approximately three hours of teaching time each week. It covers the content and skills from the following areas of the curriculum:
Civics and Citizenship
Economics and Business
Critical and Creative Thinking
Ethical Understanding Capability
Personal and Social Capability
MAPPEN also includes logical integration of literacy, numeracy, and technologies.
MAPPEN provides opportunities for students to explore content and skills through real world examples. Each term, we will deliver an eight week learning sequence which is designed around one of the following concepts:
Over 8 terms (2 years), your child will investigate each of the concepts once. A single concept is investigated across the school simultaneously, with age appropriate content and skills being investigated at each year level. MAPPEN promotes rich conversations at the dinner table and encourages your child to ask meaningful questions about their world.
MAPPEN has a strong focus on building your child’s capacity to develop questions and to plan and conduct their own inquiry. It aligns with our belief that alongside the core literacy and numeracy skills, students in the 21st Century need to have opportunities to question, wonder and create.
MAPPEN is a world class curriculum designed by Australian educators for Australian schools. More than 200 Australian schools are currently implementing MAPPEN. If you'd like to find out more about MAPPEN you can visit getmappen.com or talk to our MAPPEN Coordinator.