Literacy and Numeracy first
At Woodside Primary School we enable all students to achieve high levels of Literacy and Numeracy. This allows students to access all learning and prepare them for their future.
In the Middle Primary years, we foster and build on the learning and attitudes the students have gained in their Junior Primary years.
We aim to develop a Growth Mindset to make them successful in their learning. Across the curriculum, we endeavour to develop their social interactions, emotional wellbeing, to make them resilient learners and members of our school community. There is a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy, which is incorporated in all areas of the curriculum.
Our upper primary team work collaboratively to support students in becoming creative, independent and resilient learners. We use current methodologies to ensure that we have a strong focus on literacy and numeracy, whilst also integrating subjects to ensure students develop necessary 21st century skills. We use relevant student data to inform teaching practice and personalise learning to provide an education tailored to specific student needs. Students are expected to take responsibility for their learning and articulate their progress to parents as part of student led conferences.
Three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge as well as enterprise skills like problem solving, creative thinking and critical analysis. At Woodside Primary School all students from Reception to Year 7 engage in cutting edge STEM learning. Our integrated project based STEM units require students to apply their skills in new ways using collaboration, problem solving and interdisciplinary thinking. Students also experience ‘hands on’ learning through the use of Robotics, coding and 3D printing across the curriculum.
Entrepreneurship programs teach students life skills, and how to handle the pace of the advances in technology and the ever changing and emerging industries that are being spawned from it, by learning to work in teams, to negotiate and communicate their ideas, to solve problems and to be resilient. Students learn that making mistakes is not the end of the world, and that it's how they handle and learn from those mistakes that will determine whether or not they succeed in life. Our various enterprise programs are designed to exercise the entrepreneurial muscle and to develop the mindset required for our youth to thrive and prosper.
At Woodside Primary School we currently have a specialist PE teacher whose programming aligns with the Australian Curriculum. Emphasis is placed on developing lifelong participation in physical activity and participating in fun and engaging activities while learning new skills and sports.
Students participate in a range of traditional and non-traditional sports including, Orienteering, Tennis, AFL, Soccer, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Netball, Volleyball, Archery, Gymnastics, Badminton and many more.
Language - Spanish
Woodside Primary School offers Spanish as part of the curriculum, focusing on language and culture. Each child has two 40-minute lessons a week with the Spanish Teacher, in a specialised room with individual access to computers.
The younger children, up to the Year 2/3 classes, work around a very engaging online program called “Dinolingo.” They do many games, hands on activities and songs to help engage their enthusiasm and develop their skills, both in language and culture.
From Year 3/4 to Year 7, the main resource is an online program called “Hola Amigos.” This self-paced course allows children to consolidate new learning at their own pace, and to move on once the teacher has confirmed that each child is confident. The children also participate in a wide range of activities to strengthen and extend their language, cultural knowledge and skills.
Mindful of the Australian Curriculum our music lessons are a practical experience designed to stimulate a sensory experience. Through the tactile interaction with wood, metal, skin and wind instruments both conventional and non-conventional, students create soundscapes, building performances that find expression at weekly assemblies.
Performance confidence is encouraged and nurtured with end of year performances. A platform for further growth is through our community performances at the Woodside Lodge and the local Residential Care facility.
The Visual Arts have always been an important part of the curriculum at Woodside. Students are offered opportunities to explore their creativity and enhance their learning.
This year we have a mural group working with a local Indigenous artist to create an artwork that will be displayed permanently in the Woodside Lions Playground.
We also give our young artists the chance to participate in an Annual Art Retreat which this year will focus on Impressionist Painting.
Every August students across all year levels participate in the South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA). Each year has a theme that is cross curricular. Past exhibitions have focussed on maths in art, historical portraits or animal biology. This year’s theme is Plastic Oceans, with a focus on our Ocean Life and the issue of pollution.
We aim to show that art enhances learning across all subjects and exhibiting and participating in these events gives our artists an authentic audience.
On a yearly basis, students attend a school-wide disco where they can express their creative and musical side. Throughout the evening students can dance with their peers to a wide variety of music provided by a DJ, surrounded by disco lights, a spectacular visual display, colour and plenty of energy. Themes for previous discos have included Halloween, Disney and 80s, where students can also express themselves through costume, often dressing up as their favourite character or learning new skills as they create their own outfits. Woodside runs two separate discos on the same night, junior and upper ages, allowing students to feel more comfortable with peers closer to their age, as well as listening to music geared closer to the current age trends.
School camps provide students with the opportunity to develop many new skills as they explore and discover their potential in the natural world.
At camp, great opportunities exist to develop a wide range of social skills that strengthen established relationships and help develop new ones.
Our camps assist in developing student independence as well as providing them with opportunities to take on leadership roles and work together as a team to encourage positive decision-making. This also helps build resilience as they succeed in overcoming obstacles and grow in confidence.
During camp, children will be exposed to a range of experiences that are active and facilitate learning in a variety of forms, providing greater awareness of skills and capabilities that may be needed for many.
At Woodside, students are at the centre of all that we do. With this in mind we find avenues to ensure that students are encouraged to have a voice regarding their education, general school management and special events. We support students to demonstrate school wide leadership via our formal student leadership program.
Each year, we hold a democratic process to appoint school captains, sports captains and class representatives. Once elected, representatives from each class attend regular meetings to have a say on items relating to learning, school events or policies. They are encouraged to give a student perspective on teaching and learning, influence school change, be involved in decision-making and also to give back to their community.
Play is the way
In 2016, Woodside Primary School began implementing Play is the Way (PITW) as a consistent Social Emotional Learning program across the school. PITW is a practical methodology for teaching social and emotional skills using guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language. The following five key concepts are the core of PITW and students are supported to engage with the five concepts via outdoor play and class based ‘life raft’ sessions.
- Treat everyone as you would like them to treat you
- Be brave – participate to progress
- Pursue your personal best no matter who you work with
- Have reasons for the things you say and do
- It takes great strength to be sensible
Through this program we aim to use consistent language and messages to support children to self-manage their own feelings, emotions and behaviour. Read more to see a video of a nature play day at the school.