Victorian Curriculum & QCIA
In the Early Years there is a strong focus on establishing the foundations of learning, good work habits and the routines of the classroom. We introduce students to the school wide expectations of Learning, Respect, and Safety, which are embedded into everyday activities. We promote independence, resilience and regulation of emotions by establishing strategies aligned with the Zones of Regulation. Communication, language and vocabulary are a core focus in the Early Years, including AAC focused sessions with Proloquo2Go and our Speech Pathologist. Students are exposed to letters, sounds and beginning to learn reading and writing strategies, including a focus on fine motor skills. We encourage a love of reading by sharing classroom texts, to build comprehension and understanding of what we are reading. Students are introduced to hands-on Mathematics concepts of number, counting, shape, colour, money and measurement which are applied to practical situations. Students are also introduced to Science and Humanities topics which relate to their everyday lives. Allied Health assist in planning structured ‘Play to Learn’ sessions in which video modelling is used to show students appropriate role play with stations such as Vets, Shopping, Teddy Bears Picnic etc. Students are also involved in sensory experiences, including basic cooking strategies and trying new foods.
In the Middle Years’ there is a strong focus on consolidating skills in English and Mathematics, and applying them to hands on and practical experiences as much as possible. A rich and engaging curriculum is offered in all other learning areas, such as Health, PE, Science and the Humanities, as Middle Years students look to connect with outside organisations as much as possible – accessing the community to become familiar with places such as the supermarket, cafés, recreational facilities and more. Middle Years students have the opportunity to begin to see themselves as growing up and as future leaders in the school, finding a voice to inform and influence their schooling, while also supporting youngers students, and beginning to sample some the wonderful opportunities that they will experience in the Later Years program. Respectful Relationships and School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support encourages Middle Years students to become role-models to all, and to experience the wonders of being successful learners who are taking more and more control over their learning.
In Later Years we have a number of different subjects and activities that are carried out across the week. We do Travel Training, Personal Living Dimensions and Vocational Transition Activities (Monty’s Café, Resource Smart & Office Skills) which are part of our REAL – Life Engaging Applied Learning Program. English, Maths and Science/STEM are all part of our weekly schedule which are also incorporated into the REAL program. Digital Technologies, Respectful Relationships and Leisure and Recreation are incorporated weekly into the Later Years program. We have a focus of preparing students for what they will do after they are finished school.
Visual Arts at Hamlyn Views School is a much-loved learning area from Foundation to Year Twelve. Every student is given opportunities to develop new skills in visual communication that can help them connect and interact with their world and themselves. Our studio is a safe and vibrant learning space designed for students of all backgrounds and abilities, and we are continually building our program and resources to ensure each child can develop their creative and expressive potential.
The Visual Arts are an integral part of the Victorian curriculum and our program engages students with the Elements and Principals of Art by encouraging them to explore materials and techniques, experiment with art forms and make choices. Our aim is to support and encourage children’s physical, emotional and artistic growth with the understanding that all children develop at a different pace. We nurture basic art skills and move gradually to more challenging ones depending on the individual needs and abilities of our students.
Our program explores sensory components of art-making through play and investigation as well as technical and skill-based approaches. Students are supported by working one-on-one with the teacher, or independently and in small groups with guidance, depending on the activity or project. We also work with our team of Occupational Therapists and Allied Health to ensure that individual learning needs are met safely and respectfully.
The Performing Arts program at Hamlyn Views School is one of the exciting specialist learning areas offered to all students from Foundation to Year Twelve. It includes Music, Dance and Drama with a strong focus on nurturing students’ creative and expressive potential. Our program is designed to encourage all students to ‘find their voice’ through movement, song, role play, listening, performing and creative expression.
The three components of Music, Dance and Drama form part of the Victorian Arts curriculum. Our Performing Arts studio is an open space that allows students to engage freely as an individual or group setting and we have technical facilities to engage students with various audio and visual production elements.
In Dance, our students are encouraged to use their body as a means of expression by learning about safe fundamental movements and technical skills when exploring dance ideas and responding to stimulus. In Music, our students sing, play instruments or use body percussion to communicate experiences and ideas. In Drama, our students are taught about the importance of working in an ensemble, which includes team building games and activities to foster team work and communication.
At Hamlyn Views School, we recognise each learner as an individual with different social and personal capabilities and we believe each child is creative in their own way. It is our vision in Performing Arts to foster students’ awareness of themselves and the world around them through Dance, Music and Drama.
We are very lucky to have a pool at Hamlyn Views School, which students use to develop their swimming and water safety skills. The program is facilitated by a qualified AUSTSWIM instructor, and is supported by the many enthusiastic staff members of Hamlyn Views School.
The program is conducted in collaboration with the school Physiotherapist and Allied Health Assistant, to ensure that students with additional physical needs are included in the program alongside their classmates, and have the opportunity to benefit from movements and activities tailored to their needs.
The Bike Education program at Hamlyn Views School is facilitated by a certified bike education instructor. Students will be given the opportunity to practise a range of skills on their bicycle/tricycle of choice.
Students will be given the opportunity to practise using the pedals, steering, stopping, and following instructions on their bicycle/tricycle of choice. Students will be encouraged to advance their skills and progress through the different types of bikes and trikes available to them.
If it is deemed safe and suitable to students, they will be able to access local bike trails, to improve their confidence to use their bikes/trikes within the community.
Assessment & Reporting
Respectful Relationships is a core component of the Victorian Curriculum. It helps to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. Respectful Relationships promotes equality and helps boys and girls learn how to build healthy relationships. This initiative prepares them to face challenges by developing problem solving skills, appropriate behaviours and social skills. As a whole school approach, it helps teach students that a school is a workplace, a community and a place of learning. All members of our school community deserve to be respected, valued and treated equally.
There are 8 core areas for the teaching of Social and Emotional learning and Respectful Relationships. These include:
- Emotional literacy
- Personal strengths
- Positive coping
- Problem solving
- Stress management
- Help seeking
- Gender and identity
- Positive gender relations
Family violence has a devastating impact on our community and affects people from all walks of life. The Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended Respectful Relationships be introduced to all schools to change attitudes and prevent prevelence of family violence.
Respectful Relationships is underpinned by evidence that shows schools can play a key role in preventing family violence by helping students develop an understanding of healthy relationships and respect.
More information can be found at: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/Pages/respectfulrelationships.aspx
At Hamlyn Views School we are committed to creating a learning environment where all members of the school community are welcomed, accepted, treated equitably and with respect regardless of their backgrounds or personal attributes such as race, language, religious beliefs, gender identity, disability or sexual orientation so that they can participate, achieve and thrive.
National and international research shows that positive school environments lead to better academic results, increased confidence and better attendance at school. Students who don’t feel safe or included at school cannot learn effectively and reach their full potential. A safe and inclusive environment is also the key to tackling bullying, harassment and preventing self-harm.
We acknowledge the benefit to all students who attend a safe and inclusive school and thereby celebrate the diversity of backgrounds and experiences in our school community and we will not tolerate behaviours, language or practices that label, stereotype or demean others.