At Penbank, we value the importance of integrating the curriculum, and consider that much of the content should be expressed through an integrated approach. We provide quality programs in English, Mathematics, Music, Art, Drama, Physical Education, Health and Personal Development, Indonesian (LOTE) and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to develop concepts and skills, which have considerable intrinsic value.
International Baccalaureate – Primary Years Programme
Woodleigh School introduced the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) at its Junior Campuses in 2019. The implementation process is a multi-year initiative that will see teachers and school leaders from Minimbah and Penbank gradually adopting the PYP to guide collaborative planning, teaching, learning, assessment and reporting from ECC to Year 6. The PYP is a natural fit for the Woodleigh School Personalised Learning Model which aims to develop independent, resilient, creative and compassionate individuals who can find personal success in life, while making a positive contribution to the communities in which they live. **
We use a multi-sensory, structured literacy program to teach English, which involves explicit teaching of skills in a set sequence of instructional procedures. It combines the teaching of speech, writing, spelling and reading and integrates the teaching of comprehension strategies. The teaching of phonics and analysis of the sounds and composition of words is taught in spelling sessions and is a vital component at all year levels.
The Mathematics curriculum follows a 'hands on' activity-based approach with extensive use of concrete materials throughout all year levels. Our program allows for children to proceed along a continuum without the barriers of year levels focusing on enquiry and questioning, with problem solving and thinking skills forming an important part of our program. We also consider ICT and calculators to be powerful tools and provide students with the opportunity to investigate a broad range of mathematical ideas and applications using the school property and outdoor projects for inspiration.
ICT - Information, Communication Technology
At Penbank children are given the opportunity to gain skills in the ICT area through small workshop sessions and classroom-based programs to support all areas of learning and communication. We believe computers are an essential tool for learning and encourage frequent use through an integrated model to develop skills in information processing and creative graphics, and as a means of assisting learning through drill and practice, tutorial programs, simulations and problem solving games.
The Sciences and Social Education
Through an integrated approach to learning, the areas of science and sociology broadly encompass the following areas as a Unit of Study:
1. S.O.S.E. Study of Society and Environment
2. Science and Technology
3. Health and Personal Development
4. Outdoor Education
5. Values Education
Broadly, the areas of learning include:
- Family and Community
- Our Country's Identity
- Different Cultures of the World
- Responsibility for the Environment and All Living Things
- Our Coastal Region and the Elements
- Australian Studies - Our Aboriginal Heritage and European Settlement
- Healthy Living for a Healthy Life
- Personal Management and Organisation
- Government and Leadership
Sport and Physical Education
An understanding of physical activity and movement, food and nutrition, health, safety, human development and human relations are vital aspects of children’s education.
Healthy children need an understanding of their bodies and how they work; opportunities to enjoy and develop skills in a range of physical activities and an understanding of the role of physical fitness in their lives. Children also need opportunities to explore concepts of identity, relationships and physical development in a secure and supportive environment.
The Penbank Physical Education program includes the Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) for children in Prep and Grade 1. This program focuses on skill development in fine and gross motor activity (i.e. throwing, catching, rolling, jumping, tumbling and balancing). The students receive the following sessions of Physical Education per week:
Prep- 2 PMP/ 2 PE
Gr 1 – 2 PMP/ 2 PE
Gr 2 – 3 PE
Gr 3 -6 – 2 PE and Friday Sport
Penbank’s structured Outdoor Education Program (Camps) begins in Year 3 and is an important element of the Health and Physical Education domain.
Students are offered many opportunities to participate in school sport. All interested students are given support and encouraged to participate. Interschool (Gr 5/6s) and District Sports – Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics (Gr 3-6) are wonderful opportunities each year to represent our school. When appropriate, opportunities are provided to compete at division, regional and state level.
PENBANK STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE IN THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL SPORT VICTORIA (SSV) – AT DISTRICT, DIVISIONAL, REGIONAL, STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS
- Cross Country
- Australian Rules Football
- Tee Ball
Homework is a time for children to share with their parents the different activities and topics that they are introduced to at school. It is a time where children can practise certain skills that they have learnt, by reading to Mum, Dad and the family, doing a shared Maths activity, practising a musical instrument or revising spelling and tables.
Communication from school and home is encouraged through reading record books and, later on, via the child's personal diary. As the children progress through school, greater emphasis is placed on the child organising and planning the set homework for the week. This helps to develop organisational skills and allows for the child to take personal responsibility for any set tasks. Most importantly, homework must be meaningful and enjoyable.
Continued evaluation to ensure the effectiveness of the learning environment, in order to achieve the highest possible standard, is vital to the child's overall success as a learner. Goals are set and achievement assessed regularly on a number of different fronts. We believe in an overall evaluation of each child and assess progress in all areas (i.e. intellectual, social, physical and emotional). Likewise, we evaluate the content and appropriateness of the school's curriculum and educational programs, and the effectiveness of teaching strategies.
Student Assessment Portfolios include:
- A complete selection of the student's works, covering all areas of the curriculum.
- Notes of observation of each student.
- For administration and class purposes.
- Teacher's records with samples of generally complete and best work.
- Tests, internal and standardised, external state wide assessment - NAPLAN.
- Written reports to parents.
- Relevant information that needs to be passed on to the following teacher.
** Woodleigh School is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes. The school is pursuing authorisation as an IB World School. Only schools authorised by the IB Organization can offer any of its academic programmes.
Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorisation will be granted.