Teaching and Learning – Specialist Areas

Specialist Areas

At Warragul Primary School your child will learn with purpose.  We offer learning with intention, a success criteria and emotional engagement for all students.  Children learn best when they are happy, challenged, interested and engaged, incorporating these considerations within each of our classrooms we develop fun ways for your children to learn and focus on growing the individuals mind.

We offer a fantastic range of specialist classes including a music and performing arts program, a visual art program and physical and sport education. We know your child will love learning at Warragul Primary School.

Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese (Mandarin)

music & performing art

music & performing art

visual
art

visual
art

PASE

PASE

Chinese (Mandarin)

In 2019 Warragul Primary developed a partnership with the ‘My Chinese Teacher’ program.

All students in Years 1-6 commenced the program in February and the Chinese language and cultural lessons were very positively received by our students and staff.  In term 2 our Foundation students will commence the program.

Our Language Education Program at Warragul Primary School aims to develop well rounded students and provide a solid introduction into language skills.  While children’s brains are still growing and developing it is the most essential time to teach them new languages and the skills required to read, write and speak Chinese (Mandarin).

Each week our students ‘zoom’ into China where they interact via our large screen TV’s and webcams with their Chinese-based teacher.

Did you know?

  1. Mandarin is the most widely spoken language worldwide.
  2. China is one of the world’s oldest and richest continuous cultures, over 5000 years old.
  3. China is the most populous nation in the world, with approximately 1.4 billion people.
  4. One fifth of the planet speaks Chinese. Mandarin Chinese is the mother tongue of over 873 million people, making it the most widely spoken first language in the world.
  5. International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language. China has become a huge market, and business leaders are looking for people who can speak Chinese and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context.
  6. In addition to the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, Mandarin Chinese is also spoken in the important and influential Chinese communities of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and Mongolia.
  7. China is the second largest economy in the world.

 

Music

The Music Education Program at Warragul Primary School aims to develop well rounded musicians with the essential skills required to both compose and perform.

Your child will learn how to read, write and perform formal music notation with instruments including the glockenspiel, ukulele and keyboard. They develop vocal technique, learn about great musicians and composers, and develop their own compositions, analyse action and sound as a means of communication that emphasizes self-expression.

As well as learning skills and knowledge of music theory, it also encourages confidence, creativity and teamwork. Students gain an understanding of the culture and history of music, so learning is relevant and meaningful for students. The program follows the Victorian Curriculum which provides the framework for musicianship, singing, playing tuned and untuned instruments, music appreciation and composition.

In addition to performance and analysis, combined with basic multimedia our students have the opportunity to perform at school assemblies and participate in the end of year concert.  Each year we enjoy a Christmas/ family celebration in which all students are involved in creating, choreographing and performing class items.

Our school offers Grade 3 to 6 students the opportunity to join our school choir and represent our school at a variety of community events.  Our Grade 5 and 6 students present a school production on a yearly basis and can audition for and perform in individual roles, as well as taking on backstage roles.

There is also the Junior School Harmony Ensemble, an advanced vocal ensemble. Both vocal groups perform at numerous concerts at the school and within the local community throughout the year.

In addition to the weekly music lessons which is part of the school curriculum, private lessons are available covering a large musical variety such as piano, guitar, violin, voice etc.

Our music course encompasses 
the areas of:

  • Beat/Rhythm
  • Pitch
  • Dynamics
  • Tone colour
  • Texture
  • Form
  • Dance

Performing Arts

The Arts curriculum gives students from Prep – Year 6 access to a broad and comprehensive program. Your child will love to learn and experience the classroom instrumental music and creative music, drama and dance which are all a part of the general curriculum.

Performances and exhibitions are important aspects of the Arts program. Students have classes in music, movement and drama and are involved in performances for parents and the community.

Visual Art

Your child will be immersed in a variety of art forms from Prep through to Year 6, learning skills, techniques and processes to express themselves and their creativity, through these artworks.  

Using varied materials and techniques, students learn to describe the subject matter and ideas in Art.

We focus on the seven elements of art being line, shape, form, colour, value, texture and space and classes work to create collaborative and individual pieces. Students have great fun cutting, sticking, painting, printing, drawing, weaving, designing and making sculptures to name a few.

Our art appreciation reflects the cultural diversity of all our students and we encourage them to explore and respond to their own art and the artwork of others.

We study and explore art from all over the world and that of famous artists and incorporate these styles and techniques to inspire our student artworks. We encourage students to “have a go” and do their best, highlighting and displaying art work displays around the school to boost their confidence and creativity. This plays a vital role in art making with all students having their artwork displayed.

PASE – Physical And Sports Education

In these classes your child will focus on skill development, fitness, fair play and enjoyment.

We teach our students a range of basic motor skills and movement patterns, with or without equipment, in a range of environments. They will learn skills such as running, jumping, skipping, catching, throwing, kicking, balancing, springing and are introduced to more complex skills such as leaping, dodging, overarm throwing, dribbling, bouncing and striking.  Your child also has the ability to participate in our Swimming Program, Athletics Sports and the Sporting Schools Programs.

Year 3-6 students continue to develop motor skills and apply these to sport specific situations. The students explore basic game tactics such as; introducing the concepts of attack and defense, following the rules of the game, and describing the roles of various positions. They begin to work with others to set and achieve goals in both cooperative and competitive game settings.

Every year all students have the opportunity to attend our swimming program. Throughout the year students also participate in our Athletics Carnival, Sporting Schools sessions, Sports Clinics, Cross Country and Hoop Time Basketball.

Year 5 and 6 students take part in Winter Sports and have the opportunity to participate in the T20 Blast Cricket Cup as well as coaching roles.

In addition to these classes all students participate in extracurricular activities.

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