Learning & Leadership
Curriculum, learning areas and capabilities
What’s involved with each subject? What specialist programs does WPS offer? What is inquiry based learning? How are students assessed for growth? What learning support, or learning extension opportunities does WPS offer? All these answers can be found on this page.
Our curriculum program at WPS is based on the Victorian Curriculum. English, Mathematics and Inquiry Learning form the basis of the classroom academic program along with the school’s personal, social and emotional program. Specialist subjects of Greek, Music, Physical Education and Visual Arts are part of the school’s weekly program. Capabilities such as cultural awareness, ethics, technologies and creative/critical thinking are embedded into all parts of the teaching and learning program. The school also provides an English as Another Language program for eligible students requiring addition literacy instruction.
At WPS we use the inquiry approach to learning, which involves students forming their own questions about a topic and having time to explore the answers. The approach focuses on the skills the students require to achieve the desired outcome as well as the content knowledge. Each year, students undertake inquiry units which have been developed to incorporate global concepts that increase general understanding, higher order thinking, deep questioning and curiosity. Some examples of these Inquiry topics are:
Science focus: Everything around us is science.
History focus: All events have an impact on the world.
Cultural focus: Culture is something with which we can connect or identify.
Social focus: Events such as Commonwealth/Olympic games bring people together.
Sustainability focus: The Earth’s ongoing capacity to sustain life.
Art focus: Art can take many forms.
Learning support, extension and additional academic opportunities
We encourage our students to challenge themselves and we provide additional learning support and a range of extension opportunities, activities and competitions including numerous Writing, Science and Mathematics competitions (such as the University of NSW ICAS tests, the Maths Talent Quest and the Premier’s Reading Challenge) and extensions programs (such as Gateways and Bright Sparks).
Measuring and reporting learning growth
Our comprehensive assessment schedule ensures effective monitoring of student learning and growth. Students are assessed against the learning outcomes of the Victorian Curriculum. Regular assessment is carried out to allow teachers to create a learning program that is specific for the learning needs of individual students and to monitor the effectiveness of the teaching and learning program. Semester progress reports are delivered in June and December. Formal parent/teacher meetings are held twice each year to discuss student progress, however parents / carers are welcome to meet with their child’s teacher at any stage.