Learning Outside the Classroom
Enrichment opportunities that take place outside the general classroom are an integral part of our planned teaching and learning programs.
Windsor Primary School’s learning program includes an annual camp for students in Year 3 to 6. Students are challenged personally and in groups through outdoor learning situations that stretch them beyond their normal comfort zones. Camps are also great bonding opportunities for students. Camp locations are determined to provide our students with a variety of experiences and environments.
Additional academic opportunities
Participation in competitions provides an excellent opportunity for children to extend themselves. Extension opportunities include 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).
Sustainability and kitchen garden
Teaching the students to be sustainable for the future is an important part of the Windsor Primary School curriculum. Additional opportunities are provided for further learning and involvement via the WPS Green Team. Green Team members are peer appointed and the team has opportunities to participate in a range of Sustainability activities and student leadership roles. Our Kitchen gardens are looked after by WPS Green Team, where students are involved in planting and becoming more aware of their environment and how to care for it. The produce is utilised in a variety of ways such as: promoting healthy eating, cooking lessons, monitoring how and why plants grow.
Every second year WPS students and teachers create and perform a whole school production. The school performance is a demonstration of WPS culture where the whole community works together from penning initial ideas to bumping the set in and out on the night.
Chess club provides students with the opportunity to master the game, while socialising, having fun and sharpening their minds.
WPS offer a 2 week intensive swimming program for all students (term 4).
Band & vocal ensemble
WPS vocal ensemble and band are opportunities for talented music students to sing or play their chosen instrument solo and in groups, developing their confidence through public performances. Vocal ensemble performs regularly at school events and in the wider community. Members of the vocal ensemble rehearse weekly and are provided with the opportunity to showcase their talents, develop a sense of accomplishment and achieve a strong sense of pride. Students have opportunities to audition for solo parts providing further challenges and learning opportunities.
Festivals and celebrations
The diversity of our school community is something we celebrate and acts as a terrific learning tool for our students. Windsor Primary regularly holds a variety of festivals and celebrations including Twilight Sports, Harmony Day, School disco, WPS day and Gala Days. During some of these events we encourage parents from diverse backgrounds or professions to present / teach the students. We have been lucky to have a range of classroom experiences from Ethiopian cooking lessons, to Belgian lace making classes – all thanks to parents and carers who now call Australia home.
Excursions + Incursions
Windsor Primary’s extensive excursion program is integral to effective learning. To enrich class programs, teachers may plan excursions or incursions to provide all children with opportunities for first-hand learning experiences. This adds depth to the students' understanding and knowledge of particular topics. Recent excursions include: National Gallery of Victoria, Scienceworks, Royal Botanic Gardens and Melbourne Museum. Students also experience regular incursions where visiting presenters offer more activities that broaden students’ learning experiences and add to the breadth of learning inside the classroom. Recent incursions include Beebots, performing arts sessions and gymnastics.
At Windsor, homework is viewed as a shared responsibility between parents, teachers and students. All students from Foundation to Year 6 are encouraged to do homework. Homework is of an informal nature in years Foundation – 4 and is more formal in years 5 and 6. Expectations of homework requirements are provided to parents in Term 1. The school recognises that homework has most impact on a student’s reading ability than other learning areas and therefore we focus our homework philosophy on this. We also look to establish developed time management skills and a positive approach to homework in our students in preparation of higher demands in later schooling.