At River Gum Primary we have a multi-age teaching philosophy. It recognises the need for children to be observed and viewed in terms of each aspect of development – cognitive, intellectual, social and physical. Some of the benefits of this philosophy are:
In their first year of school, students learn through teaching interactions with others, experimentation, practice and play in the classroom and school community. Priority is given to literacy and numeracy development as these are the foundations upon which further learning is built. Many students who attended Foundation have attended our S.T.A.R (Starting Transition At River Gum) program throughout the previous year. These particular students tend to show outstanding confidence and are familiar with their fellow S.T.A.R friends, teachers and the school yard.
In the Junior School (Years 1 & 2) priority is given to the important areas of literacy and numeracy development. English and Mathematics are the core subjects for this, however, literacy and numeracy are found in all subjects. By the end of Year 2, students have a much stronger understanding of themselves and have begun to connect with the wider community.
In the Middle School (Years 3 & 4) students become more independent; they communicate with others more effectively. English and Mathematics continue to be a priority, and literacy and numeracy are developed across all learning areas. The curriculum further builds the essential knowledge and skills in literacy, consolidating ‘learning to read and write’.
In Senior School (Years 5 and 6), students develop an ability to take positive actions for their wellbeing; they relate to others and communicate well with others; they ask challenging questions and seek answers; they make informed decisions and act responsibly. The development of information and communication technology skills increases across the curriculum at this level.