PROGRAM OF INQUIRY: PYP
Inquiry-based learning is a vehicle for ensuring that from a very young age, our students are developing these skills of inquiry that will play a key role in their learning skills for life.
Through inquiry, students learn how to:
Define a purpose. (What do I already know? What do I want to know? What is important to know)
Locate and select information. (What kinds of information sources and resources are available?)
Review information. (What information is relevant? How do I know that the information I have is accurate?
Take action. (How can I share what I’ve found out? Can I do something to improve or contribute to society as a result of my inquiry?)
Reflect. (Is there further action needed? How did my inquiry process go?)
INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY: ICT
iPads will offer the connection, creativity, networking and personalised learning that will complement and leverage effective teaching and learning both in the classroom and beyond school. Students in Grades 4 - 6 will be required to provide an iPad as standard school equipment.
Computer assisted learning is encouraged wherever practical and possible, with more directed activity and keyboard skills taught as students progress through the school. Significant upgrading of the computer system has occurred in the last twelve months. Children thus have access to:
- Six high quality computers in the classroom, with appropriate programs either on the hard drive, or available on CD ROM or from the school network
- The world-wide web and the internet
- Several printing options, including colour and high speed laser
- A computer laboratory for skills development
The Primary school has its own fully equipped Music room, and each class has one x fifty minute lesson per week with the classroom music specialist. Primary students with a high interest in music have a number of options for learning and performing.
- Students in Year 3 and 4 learn the recorder and have the opportunity to perform in the Recorder Band and choirs
- Individual or shared Music Tuition can be arranged for students interested in learning a particular instrument. Interested students can choose from a wide range of instruments and styles. These lessons are provided by private music teachers within school time.
- Students learning an instrument are encouraged to join the Primary Orchestra, or various smaller bands such as the string quartet.
- Autumn and spring evening concerts are organised by the Music Department where all students learning an instrument are encouraged to perform solo or in a group.
- Year 6 students all learn the guitar during class music lessons and perform at end of term assemblies.
The Primary School has its own Primary Art room. This facility allows students to explore a wide range of mediums in a safe and suitable environment. Art classes are also part of the core curriculum for all students, taken by a specialist teacher. Through our Visual Arts program, we aim to develop the artistic skills, knowledge and talents of each student through a large range of art, craft and design activities. The content is often related to units of inquiry being explored in the classroom. Art is about interpreting and responding to observations and experiences in visual form.
Drama, in the form of personal awareness and confidence building, is considered important for all students in all Year levels. Opportunities are provided for students to perform regularly at assemblies and in class and every ‘other year’ a major whole school production is produced, usually broken into two sections; a Preparatory to Year 2 production and a Year 3 to 6 production. The school teaching program is supplemented by visits from artists and groups, either for performance purposes, or for work with the students. Such Artists in Residence type programs play an important part of Drama.
This year there will be two productions:
All students from Prep – Year 6 participate in French classes. Learning another language encourages students to develop empathy, understanding, tolerance and greater cultural and international awareness. Learning another language has also been shown to support other academic areas, in particular the development of students’ first language. The French program at Plenty Valley Christian College supports the PYP intent of developing an international student, and uses an activity-based approach to provide students with a taste of various cultures around the world where French is spoken.
Science and its applications are part of everyday life. Science helps students to order and organise their world. It is an ideal vehicle for the development of problem solving and problem seeking skills and an important area of human endeavour. As future citizens, students need to develop scienftific literacy to help make decisions about many issues they will face. Science may be incorporated into units of inquiry or taught through stand alone lessons.
Science curriculum includes:
- Science knowing and understanding
- Science at work
Technology refers to the equipment and processes people use to maintain, manipulate, enhance and modify their environment and resources to support human endeavour. It involves the purposeful application of knowledge, skills, equipment, materials and information to create useful products. Technology may be incorporated into units of inquiry or taught through stand alone lessons.
Technology curriculum includes:
- Investigating & designing
- Analysing & evaluating
All students participate in a weekly session that aims to develop skills, fitness and understanding of how their body works. Students participate in a range of activities during the year including athletics, swimming and a variety of team and individual sports. Enjoyment and the encouragement of healthy positive attitudes towards achievement and competition are essential outcomes of this program.
INTERSCHOOL SPORT & SPORTS CLUB
Plenty Valley is a member of the Diamond Valley Primary Schools Sports Association, with eight other local schools. This involves developing teams from Years 5 and 6 for Summer and Winter competitions.
Membership of the DVPSSA also means involvement in interschool swimming and athletic meets, and cross-country running. Students who do well in these competitions can go on to Zone and State championships.
All Year 3 and 4 students take part in ‘Sports Club’, a weekly skills-development program. Students have the opportunity to learn skills and play in a team. The sports chosen are similar to the sports chosen for the Year 5 /6 Inter School Sport competition. Over recent years, the success of this program has been evident in the improvement in skill levels, self-esteem and success Plenty Valley has experienced in Inter School Sport in the following years. Sports Club provides the opportunity for children gifted in sport to excel.
A strong house system exists within Primary School with all girls and boys from Years 3 to 6 involved. This provides a means by which students meet regularly and participate in sport and other activities across level boundaries.
The four Houses are:
The House program is divided into 4 sections:
- Sport Cup: which includes all House sports, such as football, rounders, netball, volleyball etc
- Academic Cup: includes House points that teachers may want to give within their classrooms.
- Proficiency Cup: includes points for teams who have all their sports uniform, equipment etc for both House events and Friday sporting events.
- Mind Cup: includes Trivia Challenges, Chess and Public Speaking
The House Athletic sports are held in Term 2 for all Year 3 to 6 students and in Term 4, all Prep - 2 students have their Athletics Day. Prep - 2 students also participate in a gymnastic program. Swimming lessons are held in Term 3 in an indoor venue for all students and is followed by our Interhouse Swimming Carnival. The emphasis in the Prep year is on Water Safety and Water Fun.
Plenty Valley Christian College has a well-equipped Resource Centre that offers students the opportunity to borrow books and access the internet and computer programs. Each class is timetabled for a regular session each week and the opportunity to access these facilities at other times for research and skill development. Students are encouraged to visit the library during recess and lunchtime. The Library program is an extension of the literacy program.