Our team of dedicated and talented teachers and support staff provide high quality curriculum programs to enable children to achieve personal success.
Children learn and teachers teach in engaging, supportive and challenging indoor and outdoor learning environments.
Children are actively involved in their own learning as they engage in individual, group and whole class activities.
The contemporary curriculum programs have a strong focus on
- Investigation and Inquiry
- Personalised Learning
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Additional curriculum focus areas offer a wide range of learning experiences including
- Science, Environment and Sustainability
- The Arts (Visual and Performing)
- Physical Education and Sport
- Bike Education & Traffic Safety
- Kitchen Garden/ Cooking and Nutrition.
- Outdoor Education
- Auslan is the Languages other than English (LOTE) focus language
- Social and Emotional Learning- Resilience, Rights & Respectful Relationships
Additional programs & features
Our students are offered a diverse range of enriching and engaging extra curricular activities to promote interests, skills and experiences.
- Preps-developmental play-based early learning centre
- Multi-age Buddy groupings fostering pastoral care and relationships across all ages
- Interschool sports/house sports, swimming and PMP (perceptual motor program)
- Senior School programs such as Equine Therapy, Canine Therapy and Art Therapy.
- The Fathering Project
- Student performances and concerts
- Special participation days including Ride 2 School and Walk 2 School
- Lunchtime Clubs
- Excursions and incursions linked to curriculum focus areas
- Extensive Outdoor Education and Year 2-6 camps program
- Resource Smart Sustainable Schools program with water and energy efficiency programs, recycling and composting strategies, biodiversity projects such as vegetable and kitchen gardens, fruit trees and frog pond.
- Extensive transition programs from Pre-prep to Year 6 and 7
- Breakfast Club for children
A Multi-Sensory Approach
At Hastings Primary, we teach phonics using a linguistic phonics programme called Sounds-Write. Sounds-Write is a very highly structured, multi-sensory approach to teaching children to read and spell. Its structure and simplicity makes it a programme accessible to all learners and helps them to make excellent progress with their reading and spelling.
The four key concepts children are taught are:
The three key skills children need to master are:
Children in our Foundation Stage begin with the initial code where they practice all three key skills whilst learning the 1:1 sound-spelling correspondences and securing their understanding of key concept 1.
This builds up confidence and phonic knowledge in a truly reversible system, enabling them to decode and encode a wide range of words and sentences. At first, children learn to read and write simple one syllable words with a CVC structure.
Complexity of word structure systematically builds up so that children apply their code knowledge to monosyllabic words with up to six sounds.
Sounds~Write Across the School
Once the initial code has been mastered, children continue to practice all three key skills whilst learning the extended code which explores key concepts 2, 3 and 4. Learning of the extended code is a lifelong process – we all continue to develop our understanding of this code whenever we encounter new words. This is why Sounds~Write can be applied right up to the end of Year 4. Whilst learning the extended code, children read and write monosyllabic and polysyllabic words at an age-appropriate level.
Children in Foundation to Year 2 have a 30 minute phonics lesson every day, in addition to their reading and writing lessons. Children in Year 3 & Year 4 focus on polysyllabic words and etymology.
We encourage all of our parents to access the free Sounds-Write online course for parents https://www.udemy.com/user/54e5c34e6b89b/ so that they are well-informed about how best to support their children with their reading.
Learning From Home
Hastings Primary School is dedicated to providing students and parents/carers with resources to support your child’s learning at home.
Below is a video to with instructions on how to access Google Classrooms which is the platform we will be using for remote learning.
Our school structure changes from year to year depending on student population and learning needs. Class structure may be ‘multi-aged’ or ‘straight’ depending on the numbers of students at each level and the teaching team available to deliver a comprehensive curriculum.
In 2021 the learning teams are
- Foundation (Preps) share a large learning space with their two teachers. The Victorian Early Years Learning and Developmental Framework 0 – 8 years (VEYLDF) forms the basis of early childhood framework focused on supporting children and families in the transitions in the early years of schooling. We call this team ’The Minnows’.
- Junior School (Year 1 and 2) students work together across their two classes. The Junior School teachers plan and deliver the curriculum program as a team. We call this teem ‘The Sea Eagles’.
- Middle School (Year 3 & 4) work together across the three classes, with their teachers planning for differentiated and personalized delivery of the curriculum. We call this ‘The Kingfishers’
- Senior School (Years 5 and 6) is located in our open plan BER building. All students and their two teachers have formed a ‘learning community’ in this spacious and flexible set of classrooms and breakout spaces. We call this team, and their learning space ‘Angling’.
The classroom curriculum is enriched by excursions, incursions, camps and special celebration days.
Specialist programs are
- Visual Arts
- Music Program
- Physical Education and Sport
- Good Living (incorporating Health/Well Being)
- LOTE (language Other Than English) AUSLAN
The Victorian curriculum
- Is developmental in nature (not necessarily grade or age related , but linked to stages in learning)
- Is structured in seven levels for Primary, being Foundation (Prep), then Levels 1 – 6.
- Sets out learning outcomes expected at each level of a child’s development
- Provides assessment in all areas, where we find out what students know and then move them on to the ‘next step’
- Allows for more individualized approaches as well as small group and whole class activities, to meet each student’s individual point of need
At Hastings Primary School we take many opportunities to provide our students with leadership experiences to develop their skills in being good role models for others in the school community.
Our student leadership structure includes Year 6 School Leaders, Student Representative Council (SRC) and school community leadership roles.
The Year 6 Student Leaders meet regularly with their coordinator, Mrs Rebecca Legge, to develop their own leadership skills by identifying personal goals and leadership role descriptions.
Our Student Representative Council works with all classes on issues important to our students, including school improvement, student well being and social service fundraising activities.
Representatives from all classes are peer selected at the beginning of each year. They meet regularly with their coordinator, Mrs Chrissy Welsh, to report back from their class meetings.
Minutes are taken and distributed to all classes. The SRC also organises activities and communicates with the whole school community about their projects and goals.