Learning

Literacy & Numeracy

At Langwarrin Park Primary School we are committed to improving student outcomes in Literacy from Foundation to Year 6.

At Langwarrin Park Primary School our literacy programs enable students to move between reading and writing, and involves them in speaking and listening experiences which support and extend their literacy learning and skills.

Students learn about reading and writing through the teaching and learning cycle. This close attention to text and image recognises the reciprocity between reading and writing, allowing students to be mindful as both readers and composers of texts and to explore the choices that real writers make.

The teaching and learning cycle (TLC) involves key stages which incorporate social support for reading, writing and speaking and listening through varied interactional routines (whole group, small group, pair, individual) to scaffold students’ learning about language and meaning in a variety of texts.

Literacy at Langwarrin Park Primary School is collaboratively planned with teams of teachers know as a Professional Learning Community, working together to design and implement learning opportunities based on the current learning needs of every child.

A TEACHING AND LEARNING CYCLE

Writing

The teaching-learning cycle is also based on the notion of having high expectations supported by strong scaffolding and explicit teaching. When writing, student activities are carefully ordered to build up students’ knowledge and abilities so that they can experience success.

In particular, the teacher:

  • identifies the language demands of the task;
  • explicitly teaches students the genres needed for success in schooling;
  • is concerned with deep learning of content together with learning the language of the content area;
  • makes explicit the learning intention and success criteria for each stage of the cycle;
  • constantly assesses students’ progress at each stage of the cycle and responds to identified needs.

It is important for students to understand the particular purpose for writing, such as describing, explaining, recounting or persuading.

Students become familiar with how a text is organised. They learn that each genre is organised differently. The teacher helps students to identify the typical stages a genre goes through in achieving its purpose.

After that students become familiar with the key language features of the text so they can craft the text in terms of language choices. Students learn about language and about different kinds of images in order to answer such questions as Why that choice in that text? What is the effect of that choice on meaning?

A range of activities are used to support students’ writing. We focus on practices such as modelled, shared, guided, collaborative and independent writing.

We develop authors who not only craft stories, but who are able to write for a variety of purposes and literary demands.

​“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr.Suess.

Read like a writer and write like a reader.

Reading

Through the teaching and learning model, we link reading and writing with a focus on good mentor texts and deep levels of comprehension. The structure of our reading sessions includes the Daily Five so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks.

We understand that not all students learn to read easily and that reading is an extremely complex skill requiring consistent effective teaching. We ensure that our teaching and learning is based on evidence based practice and therefore we have recently moved to the introduction of the Little Learners Love Literacy program in the junior school. This program gives children the best possible chance of developing into fluent readers, writers and spellers.

Little Learners Love Literacy® explicitly teaches and practises phonemes (speech sounds), graphemes (print) and vocabulary (meaning) to build neural connections in the brain that are needed for automatic reading. The program addresses:

Little Learners Love Literacy resources are created from the growing body of scientific evidence now referred to as “the science of reading”.

Our students have access to decodable readers both in class and as take home books. These books allow students to practice reading at home and at school.

We have a variety of online literacy supports such as:

Nessy
Australian Decodable Readers
PMeCollection
Literacy Pro

Our aim at Langwarrin Park Primary School is to develop learners who have a lifelong love of reading and writing.

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Specialists

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Physical Education

Comprehensive PE and Sports Programs are offered at LPPS. Gross Motor Skills, hand eye coordination, physical fitness and skills associated with a diverse range of physical activities and sports are developed through the program. Through the students participating in the program, they will also develop good sportsmanship, greater self-esteem and confidence, tolerance, resilience, teamwork and leadership skills. Students will also develop an awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the range of recreational and sporting opportunities available to them both at school and in the wider community.

Foundation to Year 1 have two, half hour sessions of PE a week (Year 2, 1 hour session per week) with the focus on developing the fundamental motor skills – running, hopping, skipping, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking and striking. A gymnastics unit is included to develop balance, co-ordination, flexibility, strength and confident body movement.

In addition Foundation students also participate in a weekly 40 minute Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) session. This is a program where language is the key factor in providing the perceptual knowledge about the motor experience; thus reinforcing the language aspect in the classroom.

Students in Years 3 – 6 have a weekly hour PE session. Practical activities and minor games are designed to further develop Fundamental Motor Skills and their effective application in a game, basic offensive and defensive game strategies, as well as learning the importance of fair play, safe practises and co-operative involvement.

LPPS students participate in an extensive, sequential Aquatics Program for the seven years of their Primary education. In Prep – Year 4, the focus is on developing water awareness, water safety and stroke development in a pool. Implementing these skills in an open water environment is the emphasis in Years 5 and 6.

Bike Education in Year 4, Twilight Sports (Prep – Year 2), weekly Year level sport for Years 3 – 5, Interschool sport for Year 6, 2 x 2 Sports (which exposes the students to a variety of sporting facilities within the local community), an extensive House Competition involving lunchtime competitions, Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming carnivals as well as participating in Interschool sport at the District, Zone and State level are other programs the students at LPPS have the opportunity to participate in.

Through the Sports Program students can develop their leadership skills. House and Vice Captains (Year 6) assist with the running and organisation of House Carnivals, Lunchtime activities and sports equipment, whilst the Year 5 Sports Leaders are responsible for set-up and pack-up for Year 5 sport as well looking after class sports equipment.

Parental support and assistance is valued and much appreciated. It ensures the smooth and successful running of activities offered at the different year levels – PMP, Bike Education, Water Safety, Interschool Sport and House Carnivals.

 

Foundation

PE Program
Fundamental Motor Skills – running, hopping, skipping, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking and striking
Gymnastics, Minor Games

Sports Program
Aquatics
PMP
Twilight Sports

 

Year 1

PE Program
Fundamental Motor Skills – running, hopping, skipping, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking and striking
Gymnastics, Minor Games

Sports Program
Aquatics
Twilight Sports
Basketball Clinic

 

Year 2

PE Program
Fundamental Motor Skills – running, hopping, skipping, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking and striking
Gymnastics, Minor Games

Sports Program
Aquatics
Twilight Sports

 

Year 3

PE Program
Athletics, Jump Rope, Bombardment, Soccer, Netball, Tee Ball, Basketball, Minor Games

Sports Program
Year 3 Sport
Aquatics
House Cross Country, Athletics, Swimming
Interschool Cross Country
Lunchtime House Activities

 

Year 4

PE Program
Athletics, Fitness, Rounders, European Handball, Cricket, Hockey, Minor Games

Sports Program
Aquatics
House Cross Country, Athletics, Swimming
Interschool Cross Country, Athletics, Swimming
Lunchtime House Activities

 

Year 5

PE Program
Athletics, Fitness, Soccer, Netball, Touch Football, Softball, Triathlon, Minor Games

Sports Program
Year 5 Sport
Aquatics – Water Safety, Triathlon
House Cross Country, Athletics, Swimming
Interschool Cross Country, Athletics, Swimming
2 x 2 Sport
Lunchtime House Activities

 

Year 6

PE Program
Athletic, Fitness, Basketball, Football, Softlaccrose, Volleyball, Minor Games

Sports Program
Year 6 Interschool Sport – Winter and Summer
Aquatics – Water Safety, Surf’n’Sup
House Cross Country, Athletics, Swimming
Interschool Cross Country, Athletics, Swimming
2 x 2 Sport
Lunchtime House Activities

Visual Arts

Welcome to the Visual Art Program

At Langwarrin Park we run an extensive visual art program providing a range of experiences. The program is valued as an important part of the learning process in creativity and communication.

All students participate in weekly 60 min sessions in either of our fully equipped art rooms, the larger of the two offering the use of pottery wheels from year 5.

Children experience a wide variety of sequential activities exploring art elements and experimenting with an extensive range of materials and techniques.

Artwork is displayed throughout corridors, classrooms and the wider community.

Every Child is an Artist – Pablo Picasso

Performing Arts
‘All The World’s A Stage’ …. Well It Is At Langwarrin Park Primary School

Langwarrin Park Primary School has a long and proud history of fostering the Performing Arts Program. All of our students are exposed to a rich program during their 7 years of our school. We are one of the few primary schools in the state to offer a comprehensive Performing Arts and Dance/Drama Program from Foundation – Year 6.

We have a full-time Performing Arts program which students from Foundation to Year 6 participate in each week. This program includes the use of multimedia (green screen technology, video editing, film making, radio plays etc and culminates in a Year 6 production or alternatively participate in workshops e.g. A Musical In A Day. Students have the opportunity to perform in various ways throughout their 7 years at LPPS.

Our students have performed at the V.S.S.S (Victorian State Schools Spectacular) performing at Rod Laver Arena and a number of key highlighted performers at these events are past pupils of LPPS.

Our Drama Theatre is also equipped as a mini-cinema, with a great array of recording and play devices, a suspended projector and a motorized screen, as well as the theatre lights one might expect to find. This means the facility can be used as a training centre for adults. Our purpose built Dance studio has just been updated and now includes large portable mirrors.

Our school assemblies are huge productions and students are encouraged to shine in front of these regular events. If you want to get a glimpse of the Langy Park Performing Arts culture just come along to an assembly.

Sequential development of skills, in elements of dance and drama are highlighted
F – 6 at our school. e.g.

  • Movement/ Dance
  • Exercise/ Games
  • Improvisation
  • Mime
  • Theatre
  • Puppetry
  • Elite Performing Arts Squad (the CREW)
Music

Our Music Program consists of three components:

Class Music Sessions
All students from Foundation – Year 6 participate in weekly music lessons, which develop vocal and instrumental skills. A “hands-on” approach is emphasized. Appropriate computer software is used. By the end of Year 6 most students can read and play simple musical pieces.

Music Enrichment Program
Students from Year 2 – Year 6 are able to participate in vocal and instrumental groups, which regularly perform throughout the year. There are two recorder ensembles, a Wind Band, a Rock Band and four choirs.

Additional Vocal and Instrumental
Opportunities are available for small group lessons on saxophone, flute, clarinet, drums, guitar, keyboard and singing. Over 200 students currently participate in these extra lessons.

LOTE

Selamat Datang! (Welcome)

The LOTE (Language Other Than English) that is taught at Langwarrin Park Primary School is Bahasa Indonesia, the national language of Indonesia. Indonesia is one of Australia’s closest neighbours and has a population of over 260 million people.

Here at Langwarrin Park Primary School, Indonesian is taught through teacher instruction, language videos, songs and games. The Indonesian culture is a rich one and the students explore this through a range of topics including greetings, numbers, family, food, transport, around the school and around the home. Our students learn basic conversations as well as explore other aspects of the Indonesian culture.

Indonesian is taught once a week in 25 minute sessions from Foundation to Year 6. Studying the Indonesian language and learning about the Indonesian culture go hand in hand.

Why study Indonesia?

  • As Australia’s second closest neighbour and an ever-popular travel destination, Indonesia is a country all students will know of.
  • Bahasa Indonesia uses the same alphabet as the English language and is phonetic, this means that words can be sounded out once a student learns the initial sounds.
  • Indonesian is one of the easiest second languages to learn.
  • Indonesia has adopted many English words into their language.
  • Indonesia is taught at Elisabeth Murdoch College providing a pathway for students to continue learning this second language.

Terima kasi,

Pak Rose

Library / ICT Lab

Welcome

PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE AT LPPS OPENS FOR TERM 2 & 3

Instruction Letter to Parents/Carers

PRC How to Guide for Students/Families

How to Access FREE online ebooks and audio books

Log Student Books Here! remember to use the Student – VPRC login. Ask your teacher for your username and password.

 

Contact Mrs Mowat
Kate.Mowat@education.vic.gov.au

 

LIBRARY

At Langwarrin Park Primary, all students attend a weekly borrowing session with their classroom teacher and a session in the ICT Lab.

Each student has a personalised barcode browser/borrowing card and may borrow from our extensive collection of Picture story, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Lexile levelled books. In addition, we offer a modern collection of student magazines to enjoy.

This vibrant space aims to inspire student reading and support classroom learning through regularly changing displays that reflect learning topics, personal interests, current events and the seasons. We aim to appeal to a wide variety of learning styles by providing displays rich in written words, pictures and interesting objects.

We appoint Year 6 Library Monitors, encourage students to add to our wish list and display student work in order to promote a sense of responsibility and of belonging.

We operate a state of the art library management system that allows staff and students to search our catalogue using intricate key words. Every student may access an individual student page to display their borrowing history, write a book review and reserve books. Take a look at our catalogue library.langwarrinparkps.vic.edu.au.

Each year all students are offered participation in the Premiers’ Reading Challenge. This program is supported by labelled shelves and books and promoted regularly at our Assemblies.

We promote Scholastic Book Club and offer 8 issues annually, which provides an opportunity for families to purchase books for home. Every issue offers books from $2. Payment can be made via the online Scholastic LOOP cashless ordering system. We hold two Book Fairs a year which are pop-up bookstores. Every sale from Book Club and Fairs earn valuable reward points redeemed in the form of new books and resources. The cycle of student motivation to read continues when they discover these new materials on our shelves.

Each year in Term 3 we celebrate National Book Week with an all school book character dress up Parade and Book Fair. This is a highlight in our school community and a real spectacle of colour, movement and celebration for literacy.

We welcome volunteers in our Library with a current Working with Children Check and this is another great way to be involved in our school community.