Curriculum

Quality teaching and learning at Glen Osmond is about ensuring a robust curriculum that reflects an understanding of the changing nature of young people as learners and the challenges and demands that will continue to shape learning in the future. The school’s broad educational goals include supporting students to become successful learners, confident individuals and active and informed citizens.

The Australian Curriculum guides teaching and learning programs http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/9

Each term, parents are provided with a Term Overview outlining the class teaching and learning program. It will:

  • document an overview of the class teaching and learning program for the term
  • link the teaching and learning program to the 8 Learning Areas of the Australian Curriculum 
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
    • Health and Physical Education
    • Technologies
    • The Arts
    • French Language
  • identify the theme or focus for the term’s work for each class
  • include an ethical guiding question/statement/essence for the theme
  • provide an indication of how the overview is connected to the students’ interest and/or students’ contributions
  • include information about the specialist teaching areas - Science, French & The Arts
  • be distributed to the parents by the end of Week 3
  • be available for discussion at the Acquaintance Night in first term

Special Curriculum Features

The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden is a term focus as part of the Science Program incorporating food production and preparation, horticulture, the science of living things and kitchen technology.

Physical Education is organised by a focus teacher in collaboration with classroom teachers, and includes daily fitness, regular coaching clinics to support excellence in skill building through the use of local community sporting groups, participation in South Australian Primary Schools Sports Association, out of school sporting teams, Aquatics and Swimming programs.

A senior musical is produced each year as part of the specialist Arts program.

Values based social skills programs, behavioural agreements and student voice are essential elements of the KidsMatter framework focus.

Assessment Procedures and Reporting

The reporting and assessment process is an important link between the school and home. The school is committed to tracking and monitoring every child in Literacy and support and extension is provided where required. An ongoing assessment program encourages, assists and enhances the learning of all students. 

Specialist teachers (French, The Arts and Science) also provide input on children’s progress through the class teachers during parent/teacher discussions and in the written reports.

Students’ learning achievements are reported to parents in a combination of meaningful ways as listed below.

Reporting

  • Acquaintance Night - Term 1
  • Parent/Teacher Learning Discussions - Term 1
  • Written Reports - Terms 2 and 4
  • Open Night (Learning Journey) - Term 3
  • Student work samples - Throughout the year
  • Performances - Throughout the year

Assessment

12Standardised tests for Years 3-7, the results of which are analysed by teachers include:

  • National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
  • Progressive Achievement Test (PAT) - Reading
  • PAT-Mathematics
  • PAT-Spelling
  • PAT- Punctuation and Grammar

Literacy Assessments include:

  • Running Records
  • PASM (Phonological Awareness Skill Mappping)
  • Oxford wordlist progress
  • Levelled Writing samples for EALD students in various text types
  • Narrative Writing samples for all students using Brightpath exemplars
  • Words their Way Spelling assessment

Class based tests and assignments are reported on throughout the year.

Optional Assessments

  • ICAS tests in Maths, English, Science and Computing are offered to students who wish to sit them.

Sporting Activities

Glen Osmond School supports an extensive range of out of school hours sports including softball, Australian Rules football, soccer, cricket, netball and basketball.  SAPSASA knockout competitions are entered in softball, netball, football, cricket and sofcrosse, and individuals are encouraged to try out for SAPSASA interzone teams. The Governing Council Sports Committee in collaboration with the school administration coordinates the out of hours sports program.  The sports teams rely heavily on the support of parent volunteers to coach and manage the day-to-day operations of the teams.

A School Sports Day is held annually in Term 1. Houses compete for two awards – The Sports Trophy (Performance) and The Spirit Cup (Participation)

Student Learning Support

Learning support programmes R-7 are coordinated by the Deputy Principal with SSO support. Specialist personnel from the Felixstow Education office are involved in the development of Personal Learning Support Plans.

Student Behaviour Development 

Students develop class agreements at the start of the year about the way that they will behave and treat each other. The values of Persistence, Respect, Integrity, Care and Excellence (PRICE) form the basis of the behavior agreements. A Respectful Behaviour Code and Anti Bullying Policy provide guidance and direction for student behavior development.

Student Leadership

SRC - The school has an active Student Representative Council (SRC) and class representatives are elected via a formal voting procedure. The SRC provides an opportunity for students to contribute towards the development of school policies and decisions about the day to day operation of the school. Additionally the SRC raises funds to support a child in Ethiopia through World Vision and organises whole school social events.

House Captains – Sports Day House Captains organise and manage house teams on Sports Day  

Buddy program – older students are  teamed  up with younger students in a buddy class program

Kids Teaching kids (KTK) – senior students plan and teach a concept/skill to younger students

School radio – senior students run a lunchtime radio show

Assembly organisation – senior students set up and MC fortnightly assemblies

Specialist Programmes

A specialist arts program is conducted for all classes in addition to the regular classroom art lessons.  Students have the opportunity to join the senior choir and learn a musical instrument. A senior musical is presented annually and provides an opportunity for older students to demonstrate the musical and drama expertise that they have acquired.

Science, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program and a French Language program are also presented by specialist teachers.

Digital technologies are an integral part of the program offered to students.  All students have access to laptops, iPads and computers. All school devices are networked and have Internet access.  Students have access to high quality multimedia software, digital cameras and scanners all of which are integrated into their learning programs.

Additional Extra Curricular Activities

  • Oliphant Science Awards
  • Chess Club
  • Debating Competition
  • Lunchtime Drama sessions