Munno Para Primary School delivers high quality learning and care for all students. All schools in South Australia are required to implement the new Australian Curriculum (AC). Full implementation was completed in 2016 and we currently are using version 8.3.
Curriculum is the planned teaching and learning program constructed by educators to achieve agreed educational outcomes. The curriculum describes a learning entitlement for all students and includes the core knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities students should learn as they progress through school.
Teachers use curriculum to:
- plan student learning
- monitor and assess student progress
- report student progress to parents
- support student wellbeing
The Aboriginal Education Teacher and the Aboriginal Community Education Officer work together to provide additional support for ATSI students.
- working with ATSI students to promote their cultural identity, including regular ATSI Group activities
- supporting Literacy and Numeracy development in small groups, whole class and individually
Staff are supported to recognize, understand and cater for the needs of our ATSI students and teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures as part of their cross-curriculum priorities.
Choir is offered to students in years 5- 7 in Terms 1-3 of each year. Students are taught a program of songs from a variety of genres. Performances both in school and out of school are held during the year to enable the choir to showcase their skills. The final performance is at the Festival Theatre and is held in September. It is an exciting and colourful conclusion to their choir activities.
Students have the opportunity to learn German as a Language Other Than English (LOTE). They have one lesson a week. The topics that are taught in German are strongly linked with other parts of the school curriculum. The program ensures the learning of the language, learning about the culture, the country and the people.
Students with proficiency in another language can communicate more effectively in an increasingly globalised world.
Learning a language is recommended for its contribution to the overall education of students, particularly in the areas of communication, intercultural understanding and literacy. It provides a foundation for later language learning and supports educational, career and life pathways.
Languages (LOTE) is in the English–literacy area of the curriculum as it strongly supports the development of literacy, language and communication skills. What we learn to do in one language helps us with any other language and strengthens all literacy practices.
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Our school is well resourced with new technologies which includes:
- Computers in each classroom allowing for 1:1 access
- Interactive whiteboards in each class teaching area
- Controlled access to the internet and intranet
- Web based programs (such as Mathletics and Reading Eggs) which can also be accessed from home
- A wide range of other digital devices (cameras, Ipads, laptops, video recorders etc)
- Class dojos for communication from classes
- Text messages for absences
Students and parents/caregivers are required to sign a ICT User Agreement form prior to access and use of the internet at school.
Throughout assessments and reviews, students may be identified as needing further support. For those students who have a DECD verified disability, the school will develop and implement a negotiated education plan (NEP). The eligibility criteria include the following:
- global developmental delay
- speech and language
- autism/Asperger disorder
The plan sets out the background information, strengths, needs and learning goals of the student and should involve the parents/caregivers in negotiating the plan.
The Resource Centre is well stocked with a large range of fiction and non-fiction resources. Classes visit at various times during the week for borrowing. Students are all encouraged to borrow books. They are also reminded to care for these resources and return then in the same condition in which they were borrowed by the due date. Lost or damaged books can incur a replacement cost fine.
We have a strong Physical Education (PE) program which, in addition to class fitness activities and regular PE lessons, include:
- Swimming (R-5) and Aquatics (Year 6/7)
- Sports coaching clinics
- SAPSASA events
Sports Day and mini Sports Day (for traditional sports activities) is held annually. SAPSASA activities also offer a number of opportunities for students in years 5-7 to represent the school at a variety of sporting carnivals.
Student Representative Council (SRC) - Munno Para Ministry
- Class meetings occur in all classes regularly.
- Ministry members plan school events, promote school spirit, and conduct service projects that help our school, our students, and our community.
- At the beginning of the year students from each class will elect two members to represent them at regular Ministry meetings.