At Salisbury Primary School, our curriculum is based on the South Australian Curriculum & Accountability (SACSA) Framework as required by DECD. This is strongly supported by a number of other programs and strategies that we employ across levels of schooling and the whole school. These include:
- Maintaining a strong commitment to the development of Literacy and Numeracy skills in all students
- Providing leadership opportunities for students in the Middle Years by encouraging them to apply for roles such as Forum leaders, big buddies and traffic monitors.
- Other students can also participate in Student Council and presenting at assembly.
- Explicitly teaching our school values to all students and maintaining their whole school focus through assemblies and newsletters.
- Continuous assessment and reporting with student/parent/teacher discussions and student learning records.
- Special instruction in swimming, aquatics and dance sport.
- Carefully chosen extra curricula activities such as visiting performers, school camps, aquatic and swimming programs.
- Provision of quality out of school hours care and vacation care programs.
We recognise that students in certain age cohorts have specific learning needs. Our teachers work together in levels of schooling which allows them to cater specifically for students in this way. These levels of schooling are grouped in the following way :
- Early Years (Reception & year 2)
- Primary Years (Year 3 & Year 5)
- Middle School (Year 6 & Year 7)
Teachers of Junior Primary students at Salisbury Primary School value the use of specific teaching methodology for students in the Early Years (Reception - Year 2). With this in mind, the curriculum is based on a "hands on" approach that enables students to be involved actively in their learning.
Junior Primary classes are committed to teaching Literacy and Numeracy each day, allowing students continuity in learning. Literacy lessons are devoted to explicit teaching of skills with these skills being integrated into all curriculum areas throughout the day. Numeracy lessons are based on enriched tasks that are relevant to real life learning. Students are encouraged to work through Numeracy tasks using materials and often together with other students.
All Junior Primary students engage in a daily fitness program where classes work together in practising skills and active games. Students in this age cohort are involved in regular opportunities for Active Learning (play based learning) which supports much research into how Early Years students learn. The focus is on providing a solid foundation in all curriculum areas.
In the Primary Years (years 3-5), we provide a supportive environment for students to further nurture their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. Each student develops a sense of self worth, enthusiasm for learning and optimism for the future.
We build on the learning gained in the Early Years through :
- A continued emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy skills which are interwoven through the eight curriculum areas
- The provision of a rich and diverse curriculum that includes excursions, sports clinics, year level assemblies and issues-based learning programs
- Ensuring we cater for the specific learning needs of individuals through small groups or 1:1 activities and the development of individual learning plans
- Using a wide range of ICT to support learning
At Salisbury Primary School, we have a well established program for students who are entering the Middle School (year 6 & 7). The goals of the Middle School program are to :
- Provide a balanced and challenging curriculum for the changing needs of upper primary students
- Motivate students to become active, independent learners
- Provide opportunities for specialised learning in some curriculum areas thereby enhancing student satisfaction and attitude to learning
- Develop personal management skills in each student
- Promote a smoother transition to secondary education
- Regularly communicate student learning and achievements to parents
We strongly believe that working as a Middle School team enables us to establish a learning environment which more fully meets the needs of all students. This is achieved by utilising all teachers' individual skills in predominantly team teaching situations, as well as providing flexible curriculum and teaching approaches. The structure of the Middle School program allows us to provide high quality teaching in all areas.