We pride ourselves on a wide range of curriculum opportunities for our students
Our curriculum does set our school apart from other schools, including the manner in which it’s delivered
Any school can teach a curriculum, our school is focussed on evidence based instructional practices – our teaching and learning motto is “In research we trust…”
Two hallmarks of our instruction include;
1. Instruction teaches all the components that evidence has found to be foremost in academic success
2. Instruction employs routines that align to higher levels of student engagement through explicit, direct instruction
Amazing schools like ours is full of teachers actively and passionately exploring the possibilities of making their teaching practice more innovative and engaging at every turn. This is the single ingredient that drives the most growth in our students.
The success we attain is not only evidenced by the assessment data – but it’s seen through the smiles and joy we see on our student’s faces as a concept is grasped. This is the indefinable element that drives us as teachers to produce and grow our own teaching skills year in, year out.
Our school literacy learning uses current evidence and research to teach reading. Our Stuctured Literacy instruction ensures that phonology, morphology, orthography, syntax, semtantics and discourse level language are explicitly, systematically and cumulatively taught.
Our teachers are invested in ongoing professional learning to continually refine our shared understandings on the cognitive science of how we all learn to read and write.
We use the Reading Rope, Sounds Write and Spelling Mastery to explicitly teach students to develop sound/letter knowledge, accurate word decoding and automaticity in decoding simple words, then sentences and passages.
Students begin reading with decodeable readers and are scaffolded by classroom teachers into rich literature and texts. As students become proficient they are then able to read more complex texts independently.
We have a whole school Reading Spine that is a curation of Mentor Texts aligned with Inquiry Knowledge Units and Class Novels that students explore with support from classroom teachers.
These books have been chosen to build knowledge and assist in the teaching of content, background knowledge and building a rich vocabulary.
Our Class Novels have been curated from Doug Lemov’s – Reading Reconsidered Reading Spine and the 5 Plagues of Reading. These are inclusive of the 5 text types that children should have access to in order to successfully navigate reading with confidence – Archaic, Non-linear time sequences, Narratively complex, Figurative/Symbolic and Resistant texts.
Over the course of their schooling life children will be exposed to books including; Charlotte’s Web, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Twits, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Uncanny, The Borrowers as well as literature from authors including; Oliver Jeffers, Shaun Tan, Anthony Browne, Grace Lin, Roald Dahl, Mem Fox, May Gibbs, Jeannie Baker and many more…
Our school teaches Numeracy with the Big Ideas by Professor Di Siemon. The Big Ideas are about creating “number sense” – a person’s general understanding of number and operations along with the ability and inclination to use this understanding in flexible ways to make mathematical judgements and to develop useful and efficient strategies for managing numerical situations.
Mount Pleasant Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.
We aim to inspire our students to adopt lifelong attitudes of healthy living. This encompasses being physically active, mental well-being, health, and safety. Through movement-based activities, students develop an understanding of the skills to strengthen their sense of self, whilst building and managing peer relationships.
The Visual Art classroom at Mount Pleasant is one of immersion, building on themes explored in Inquiry. Starting in Foundation, students experiment with a wide range of media from ceramic sculpture to installation art.
Performing Arts & Music
In Performing Arts all students explore drama, movement and music. We learn skills in improvisation, choreography, composition, rehearsal and presentation of original and diverse cultural dramas, dances and songs.
Our Chinese language program covers basic vocabulary, greetings, language and cultural awareness. Students explore the Chinese language through various hands-on activities including songs, stories, dance, Chinese calligraphy and handcrafts.
Mount Pleasant Primary School pride ourselves on developing students use of technology age appropriately. A focus of our teaching and learning programs is the integration of learning technologies into the curriculum.
Inquiry learning is the overarching whole school “thinking curriculum” that supports our students learning to be connected. This includes big ideas and concepts such as: sustainability, change, equity, eco-systems, culture, identity and wellbeing.
A Word From Our Parents
Mount Pleasant Primary is not only a beautiful School to look at it and a great Community to be a part of. I have found the teachers to be very passionate and dedicated in engaging the students and always strive to help each individual child to be their personal best.
The curriculum is well balanced and values creativity and student agency.
Kate Robinson is a wonderful leader, innovative role model and I could not wish for a better Principal.