We foster a love of reading in all students at Darnum Primary School. Our priority is to develop passionate and independent readers. Our teaching model for Reading is based on the Reader’s Workshop. Each day, students will participate in a variety of reading activities each day that enable them to experience a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts in both print and electronic media. Students also have access to levelled books, and a wider selection of texts through our library.
You can support our reading program at home by making reading an enjoyable night time activity. Reading to your child, talking and discuss the book together, and encouraging your child to read for leisure are valuable for your child’s literacy development.
Across the school, we ensure that students practice the skills of phonics, spelling and grammar through purposeful and engaging writing opportunities. We use quality texts, real life experience and the children’s own experiences to instil a love of writing.
An ongoing highlight of our writing program is our annual Writer’s CAFÉ, a whole school celebration that showcases student examples of writing with families.
Our phonics/spelling program SoundWaves will continue to expand each student’s phonological knowledge. Each week, students will explore sounds, letters and different spelling patterns.
Students will participate in a variety of activities each week that encourage the development of their speaking and listening skills.
Students participate in maths lessons daily. As part of our maths curriculum, we explore number and algebra, measurement and geometry and statistics and probability.
Each term children will explore a theme that will be integrated with their mainstream learning.
Students will participate in regular art lessons. Please send a named art smock (an old shirt is also fine) on the first day.
Specialist classes form a large part of the curriculum at Darnum Primary School. Students participate weekly in the following specialist classes:
Science – Mrs. Laura Droppert
Music – Mrs. Melanie Nicholls
PE – Mr. Rob Ferguson
Japanese – Japanese Teacher (TBC)
Homework tasks that are expected and consistent at Darnum Primary School are:
Reading – both levelled reading (in particular in junior years) and reading for pleasure
Documenting their reading in their reading journals
practising spelling words (junior grades – Prep to Grade Two)
practising multiplication tables (senior grades – Grade Three to Grade Six)
Types of homework tasks that may be provided to students from time to time are:
practising sports skills
topic specific tasks for research projects
practising words/phrases learnt in a language other than English
engaging with parents in learning activities such as:
rehearsing a presentation with parent/carers, and seeking their feedback
interviewing a family member as part of a research project.
Darnum Primary School encourages students to experience a variety of enriching activities outside of school. These may be things like participating in sporting clubs, interest groups such as scouts, assisting parents/guardians with projects around the house, home activities such as cooking and gardening etc.
The amount of time that students should spend on their reading and homework is graduated from Prep to Grade Six. The school recommends the following as a guide:
Prep – Grade One 10-15 minutes minimum
Grade Two – Grade Four 15-20 minutes minimum
Grade Five – Grade Six 20-30 minutes minimum
All students are required to borrow their reading material through our library borrowing system. Each class has a different borrowing time. Please ensure all school reading material is returned to school weekly to allow us to maintain up to date information. Library bags are not required for borrowing.