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The teaching and learning at West Lakes Shore School is aligned to the Australian Curriculum (subjects, general capabilities and the cross-curricular priorities). This is what we teach. The Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) is how we teach and this has three big ideas. These are:
  • Learning is designed to connect to students' lives
  • Students know what and how to learn and
  • Teachers create safe conditions for rigorous learning.
Our whole-school has a common approach to the way links are made between Geography, History, Science, Health, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, and Technologies. As a school we create big ideas and critical questions around a theme. Through our Reception-Year 7 Connected Curriculum teachers plan age appropriate learning experiences that help to develop children as capable and confident learners. Some examples of past common student initiated whole-school themes include:
  • Living in Harmony
  • We are the future
  • Power up your mind
  • Our Big Backyard
Teachers make connections between subject areas to engage students and enhance learning. At the beginning of each term we hold a special assembly to launch the Connected Curriculum. This builds a sense of community and a positive link to learning across the whole school. During each term we also have a 'day of action' or celebration, linked to the Connected Curriculum. We also hold an annual Open Evening to showcase the excellence in learning across our whole-school. We believe that is important for children to apply what they learn in subjects through project-based learning. A whole-school approach to this is the focus we place on STEAM learning. This is the integration of the Science, Technologies, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Teachers plan learning that is open-ended, linked to local or global issues and develops children?s 21st century skills. We enable students to be creative and critical thinkers, who can solve complex problems and design innovative solutions.