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In the School, Students participate in the Daily 5 and CAFÉ routines during daily literacy block from 8:50-10:10 am. Daily 5 includes: Read to self, read to others, listen to reading, word work and working on writing. In the Preschool the focus is on building oral language and book-based learning.

This time includes CAFÉ = Comprehension, Accuracy Fluency and Expanding vocabulary. These aspects are the targets of the teaching. During this time teachers will give whole class instruction, small group instruction and individual instruction where students are instructed in, and practice to attain the next step in their learning. Leadership participate in classes during Literacy Block.

Students read a combination of “self-selected reading materials” and “readers” or “novels” suiting their ability levels. Primary students are all expected to read at least 50 books per year. All our library books are Lexile levelled and students are tested to be matched to “best fit” books for them to read.

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In the Preschool children engage in play-based mathematics activities increasing their language of maths terms and basic maths skills.

Primary students participate in 'Daily 3 Maths' aligned with the Australian Curriculum including the areas of number, algebra, statistics, probability, measurement and geometry. Leadership staff participate in classes during Numeracy Block.

All students participate in Mathletics an on-line Maths program for practice and revision. This can be accessed both at school and home.

During learning students tackle real-world problems to understand the application and uses of mathematics in daily life.

Learning includes building students interests and ability to think like scientists. Students develop scientific inquiry skills and problem-solving while exploring age appropriate Science topics. They develop foundational knowledge and methods and scientific understanding.

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Humanities and social sciences
  • History:
    Students develop skills and knowledge of History and how the past impacts and changes their world. They develop skills to analyse and communicate what they have learnt.

  • Geography:
    Students develop a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect about places, people, cultures and environments around the world. They develop local geography knowledge of home, Australia, Asia and the world. Students learn to think critically and creatively inquiring like geographers who can contribute to an environmentally and economically sustainable, socially just world.

  • Civics and citizenship Year 3-7:
    Students develop a sense of belonging and confidence to become active informed citizenship within our multi-cultural, democratic heritage. Students develop a volunteer ethic within the school. Students develop understanding of Australia’s system of democratic government and law, and the role of the citizen in Australian government and society through inquiry and problem-solving of civic issues locally and globally.

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Technology is embedded into learning across the school with classes utilising Laptops, iPads and the Internet to support daily learning across the curriculum. Students engage in learning about coding in Technology lessons and problem-solving activities. All classes have large Interactive Screens and Soundfield Systems.

Our school is connected wirelessly, has three sets of 'Computers on Wheels' (COWS) and a full class set of iPads, allowing teachers to use these in classes as part of regular learning programs.

Students regularly present their learning through IT presentations.

The Arts at Noarlunga Downs P to 7 School The Arts
The Arts of Music, Drama, Media, Dance and Visual Arts are taught by classroom teachers across curriculum areas. This is supplemented by excursions and incursion performances. Bi-annually the school participates in Wakakirri. The Arts are also a vital part of Aboriginal Culture studies.

PE and sport at Noarlunga Downs P to 7 School
Physical Education (PE)
Our Physical Education and Health Education Focus includes all students participating in weekly lessons, swimming and aquatics, specialist sports clinics, Sports Day, SAPSASA, Jump Rope for Heart and Fun Runs. We are also a highly commended Premiers Be Active Challenge School. The school hosts the District Cross Country event for 500 students every year. Health Education includes being a Restorative Practice and Play is the Way School. Students participate in Child Protection Curriculum, Growth and Development and Drug Education programs throughout the year. Healthy Eating is part of our ethos and students learn this through the Garden to Galley Program.

Indigenous students and their learning
We encourage all students to be proud of their own culture and heritage and promote natural reconciliation processes through being culturally respectful and learning about each others' culture. Indigenous culture is celebrated during events such as Reconciliation Week and through all students learning about Australia’s first inhabitants in History Studies, Harmony Days and Aboriginal Cultural Studies.

We welcome all our families of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous parents to take part in these celebrations. The school has an Aboriginal Community Education Officer and Aboriginal Education Teacher who works with the Indigenous Community and families to help Indigenous children engage successfully in school and learning.

We would like to acknowledge that all learning at Noarlunga Downs P - 7 School occurs on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people and we respect their spiritual relationship with country as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

The language taught is AUSLAN (Australian deaf signing) for all classes R-7. This utilises an immersion approach with all instruction given in signs. Teachers use AUSLAN signing in classes to reinforce the learning.

All primary students are expected to do homework as a foundation to developing personal study skills. Each class teacher plans weekly or fortnightly homework rubric that can include any of the following activities:
  • Daily reading, and spelling practice work.
  • Maths problem solving activities and practice work.
  • Work completion or assignments.
  • Helping around the home jobs.
  • Physical activities e.g. sports training, riding the bike, outside play.
Student reading logs, take home books or diaries are to be signed by parents and returned to the teachers daily. Homework should range from 10-15 minutes for younger students and up to 30 minutes for older students.