At our school, teachers plan together on a weekly basis and regular whole school Professional Learning is undertaken. Our focus is school wide development and implementation of informed, strategic and shared classroom practice.Students are encouraged and supported to set learning goals and to regularly confer with both their peers and their teachers. Learning goals reflect student current achievement, interests and knowledge.LiteracyLiteracy is critical to a student’s education and supports development in all curriculum areas. At Coburg West we achieve a balanced approach to teaching literacy through the following research based practices:
A positive home-school partnership is fostered through our home reading program, P-2 parent information sessions, parent assistance during the literacy block and regular parent teacher interviews and written reports.NumeracyOur Mathematics policy is based on the belief that Mathematics is integral to participation in modern society. The development of student knowledge, skills and personal confidence is a core focus at Coburg West Primary.
Our research based approach to the teaching of mathematics includes:
We recognise the important role parents play in the development of numeracy skills in their child/ren and provide regular team level newsletters, home practise ideas and regular parent teacher interviews and written reports.Inquiry StudiesInquiry studies brings together a range of learning areas including history, cultural studies, geography, economics and science. Incursions, excursions and research stimulate interest and curiosity in this area of study.Students explore the world around them and develop their creative, research and thinking skills through exploring units of work together. Teams study cross curriculum units of work in depth for extended periods of time. Students are encouraged to pose questions, critically analyse information, debate points of interest, develop empathy and an understanding of others and utilise feedback in producing high quality work.Developing skills in collaborative problem solving and working cooperatively are emphasised through partner and group work where the school values of respect, cooperation, friendliness, responsibility and endeavour are employed.Independence of thought, initiative, self discipline and striving for continual improvement underpin all learning initiatives at Coburg West and are a particular focus in Inquiry Studies. Students are encouraged and supported to present their knowledge and understandings in a range of thoughtful and varied oral and written forms including drama, construction, performance and visual arts. As in all learning areas, the utilisation of technology is a highlight of the Inquiry program.