Woodside Primary School has upheld above National average results in literacy and numeracy over the past decade. All components of the Victorian Curriculum are taught. This includes a weekly Science and Technology lesson, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Music and Humanities.
Our national average results in literacy and numeracy over the past decade have been independently verified through National testing including National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). These enviable results can be found on the My School website. On the My School website, click on the NAPLAN link in the left sidebar to see all results.
At Woodside we have three composite classes. Average class size is fifteen. Small class sizes ensure each child has access to regular individual assistance.
Literacy and Numeracy support is available for those children who require individualised intervention either over several weeks or for those with special needs over their entire schooling.
Fortnightly speech therapy is also available on site for children requiring specialised assistance.
Our current Strategic Plan placed a priority on spelling. To support this a daily 20 min whole school program based on the Words Their Way program takes place each morning. morning. Groupings are not determined by year level but learning needs at the time. Our open plan school facilitates makes this program possible.
Following a study tour by the principal to the United Kingdom, a study of open plan schools was made and how to best optimise the space. One outcome was the establishment of our innovative and highly successful numeracy program. Children are grouped according to learning needs, not year levels. These groups are fluid and flexible, changing each fortnight. Staff work collaboratively in planning for numeracy. Staff collaborate on one web based planning document on google docs. Children enjoy the program and their comments include:
All components of the Victorian Curriculum are taught. This includes a weekly Science and Technology lesson, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Music and Humanities.
The use of a Multi touch table, 3D printer and Digital Microscope are just three examples how innovative technology is embedded within the curriculum at Woodside Primary.
A blended learning approach to delivering curriculum sees students able to access and present their learning through various methods. Edmodo and Google Drive applications are utilised to enhance home school connections, student feedback and engagement.
Children in small schools are in no way disadvantaged by limited resources!
A senior student uses a green screen and ipad to create a video with Sydney Harbour as the virtual back drop.
Homework expectations are not extensive, particularly in the junior years where the focus is on practice and revision.
Children may also make use of school computers to complete homework before or after school.Our Homework Club provides an opportunity for students to complete their homework at school prior to attending football or netball training. Staff supervise and assist with this.
Written reports are given twice a year, at the end of each semester.
Parent teacher interviews take place in March and beginning of Term Three.
Teachers welcome interviews at any time throughout the year. Please contact your child’s teacher for a mutually convenient time.
Each May students in Years 3 & 5 participate in National NAPLAN testing in Language Conventions, Writing, Reading and Numeracy. Families of students involved in this receive a standardized report which provides additional information regarding student achievement.