What is STEAM?
STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. These skills are imperative in ensuring our students are best prepared for the future of education and the workforce.
In a previous blog provided some great ideas about what you can do at home to support Mathematics. Here are some terrific ways you can support English.
Mathematics provides students with access to important mathematical ideas, knowledge and skills that they will draw on in their personal and work lives.
Number, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability are common aspects of most people’s mathematical experience in everyday personal, study and work situations. Equally important are the essential roles that algebra, functions and relations, logic, mathematical structure and working mathematically.
The Mathematics curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, reasoning, modelling and problem-solving. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing mathematics to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
The academic core of Streeton Primary School’s curriculum is the development of English and Mathematics skills in students across all year levels. Here is a bit of an insight into what we do in relation to English in the areas of reading and comprehension, writing and handwriting, grammar and punctuation and speaking and listening.
We work to instill a genuine love of the English language through explicit and integrated teaching and learning of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. The ability to read and write as well as receive and communicate ideas verbally underpins all learning.
Throughout the school, the children are involved in activities that help them to gain knowledge about how to improve their writing. As well as focusing on the writing features of different text types, they are encouraged to always focus on four core elements – Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation (VCOP) – as a way of improving their writing.
Relationships are 'key'.
What a tremendous amount of interest we have had in Streeton Primary School over the last couple of months. This is reflected by the great many parents that have selected Streeton for their children in 2018. Not only is this extremely exciting and something we are terribly proud of but a real testament to the fantastic programs we have in place and the tremendous teachers we have delivering them.
One thing has become apparent when we have conducted tours with prospective parents and that is their apprehension about composite classes. Below we have compiled a piece that will help parents understand a composite class and the fact that although negative perceptions about composite grades exist, research shows students can thrive in multi-age classrooms.