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.