Students in Reception to Year 2 are in year level classes and, where possible, will remain with their teacher during the whole of their junior primary years. Teachers also work in year level teams.
Students experience a core curriculum taught by their classroom teacher as well as a team of teachers who deliver the specialist aspects of the curriculum. Children who require extra support may receive that in class and/or in small withdrawal groups.
The school day is divided into three 100 minute lessons which equates to fifteen lessons per week.
During each week our children will participate in:
• five lessons (500 minutes) of uninterrupted literacy block delivered in an integrated programme allowing curriculum integration as well as explicit teaching and practice of skills.
• five lessons (500 minutes) of Mathematics and Science allowing curriculum integration as well as explicit teaching and practice of skills.
• five lessons (500 minutes) of specialist subjects including Health and Physical Education, History and Environmental Education. Often these are delivered through Project Play Based Learning, allowing curriculum integration as well as explicit teaching and practice of skills.
Pastoral care for our Early Years students is provided by their classroom teacher, with additional specialised support from our Early Years Leadership team.
Our children are challenged to extend their range of personal skills with a particular focus on being safe, being responsible and being respectful and becoming independent learners.
In addition there is also a significant program of assemblies, award presentations, and MOC+ activities – our extra curricular program of clubs, sport, and Children’s University activities.
In line with Department of Education and Child Care (DECD) policy, MOC is moving from the existing South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability framework (SACSA) to The Australian Curriculum framework (AC). We will indicate which frameworks we are using in our documentation during the transition period.
Assessment and Reporting
Student learning will be assessed using the SASCSA or AC framework as appropriate.
Our student reports meet the requirements of the State Government’s plain-language student reports for South Australian public schools.
This means that our reports:
• are provided in writing twice a year.
• use plain English that is easy to understand
• include A-E achievement levels for student learning
• provide a professional assessment of each student’s progress and achievement.
Twice a year there are Exhibitions of Learning where our Early Years students showcase their learning to their families- with a focus on their project based learning.
Early Years Contacts (2017)
Ms Candice Horton Head of School – Early Years
Mr Daniel Botten Early Years Counsellor