Junior Primary

Classes are housed in a common building, which enables the flexibility to combine classes and activities where it is beneficial to do so. There is an art/wet area that is regularly used by junior primary and primary, where classes combine to share learning experiences and celebrate successes. Our junior primary team has a strong focus on establishing routines, high expectations and nurturing learning in the early years. Working as a team provides staff the opportunity to have flexibility within the structure of their learning groups allowing student needs to be best catered for. A strong focus, including the use of the Jolly Phonics program, running record levels and support for individual students, enables the foundations for continued learning throughout schooling.

Transition from Kindergarten to Primary School
Links between the local kindergarten and our school are essential in ensuring that a smooth transition occurs. We maintain close and beneficial relationships with the Balharry Memorial Kindergarten staff and have a comprehensive transition program in place to ensure that students are afforded the best transition from kindergarten to primary school.
Assembly
Reception to Year 6 assemblies are held in the hall, twice a term. These are used to recognise student achievement and showcase learning activities that occur in the classroom. Parents are welcome to attend. Specific days and times are advertised in the school newsletter.
English


R2 places a strong emphasis on development of literacy and phonics. Students listen to picture books, nonfiction
and multimedia. They become more independent readers, learn to create a variety of different texts and build
confidence with oral communication.
Yr12 Sentence A Day creating and expanding sentences
Big 6 Reading Strategies
Daily Phonological Awareness, Heggerty and a Sound Way building word decoding skills
Big Book shared reading
R/1 Jolly Phonics
Premier’s Reading Challenge
Bookmaking
Daily sustained reading
Reading and spelling Oxford Sight Words
Reading Eggs App
Year 1/2 heard Roald Dahl class novels The Twits, James and the Giant Peach, zgeorge’s Marvellous
Medicine, Esio Trot

Maths

R2 has a focus on numeracy in the world all around them. The Year 1 and Year 2 students begin to use maths
symbols and explain their thinking and methods used to solve problems. Year 1 and Year 2 students used a Maths
Learning Grid with weekly maths topics and handson activities related to Number, Number Facts, Chance and Data,
Place Value, Fractions and Problem Solving. Reception and Year 1 have group work investigations. Year 1 and Year 2
do daily Maths Mentals allow regular review and practice of a variety of maths concepts and students learn to track
their own progress on a graph. Students access the Mathseeds App.

Technologies

R-2 students explore, design, problem solve and learn to create solutions, sometimes using digital technologies.
Students have learnt to use the SeeSaw App to write, take photos, video and share their learning. The Year 1/ 2 class
had daily challenges earlier in the year using critical and creative thinking skills. Seesaw was a great platform for
Home Learning during Covid Lockdowns.
– Play – build craft constructions
– SeeSaw App for sharing work and photos with families
– Premier’s Reading STEM Challenge “A Windy Farm” and “Farmer John’s Tractor”
– Digital Commissioner’s Challenge – design a toy
– BeeBot challenges
– Year 1/ 2 class had daily SeeSaw challenges earlier in the year using critical and creative thinking skills

Arts

R2 students begin to learn a variety of cooperation and technical skills in music, drama, media art dance and visual
art. Students created
Variety of artworks for Lucindale Show
Shared their work at Primary Assemblies,
Year 1/2 Mother’s Day Assembly
Created work linked to Robe Karratta Art Show.
Aboriginal artworks including boomerang throwing
Footsteps dance workshop sessions
Hunchback of Notre Dame performance
Virtual Concert Items R/1 “Toffee Appleand Year 1/2 “Chocolate Dance”
‘Music Is Fun’ Performance

Health and PE program

R2 students learn about themselves and explore their own abilities. They learn about how to be safe and how to
build a network of support. They learn perseverance, cooperation, team work, social skills, problem solving skills
and build their gross motor skills through play and group games.
JP Sports Day
Child Protection Relationships, Feelings, Personal Safety, Respect, Persistence, Friendships.
Mini Olympics Challenges
Premier’s Be Active Challenge
Student Wellbeing

Parent Involvement

At Lucindale Area School we have an open door policy, where parents are always welcome to observe learning activities in the classroom. Listening to reading and helping out at special events are also ways to become involved with the school, and are encouraged. However, in order to be involved in these ways, it is recommended that parents either have a current Working With Children Check and be approved by the Department for Community and Social Inclusion, in accordance with DECD policy. It is also recommended they complete RAN training, which the school provides regularly.