Curriculum

Junior School

At Baxter Primary School our Junior School students are provided with a range of opportunities designed to promote independence, self-confidence, positive peer interactions and an enjoyment of learning.

Our curriculum focusses on the key learning areas of literacy and numeracy, as well as developing Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and science skills and knowledge to provide a solid base for future learning. Students are encouraged to be active participants in their learning and to work in a range of groupings.

Our Foundation students participate in a Buddy programs with grade 4 students. Foundation students meet with their buddies prior to starting school which helps to enhance a sense of community and belonging from the very beginning.

Middle School

At Baxter Primary School our Middle School students are provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop skills and knowledge that enable them to become lifelong and confident learners. They learn to work co-operatively and independently within a variety of learning situations and are provided with a differentiated curriculum based on AUSVELS.

  • Middle school sport
  • Footsteps dance program
  • Sorrento camp
  • Grade 4 – Foundation buddies
  • Middle School production

Senior School

In the Senior School at Baxter Primary your child will be encouraged to become more independent and responsible for their own learning. Our learning environment is one in which each individual is valued, respected and encouraged to do their best at all times.

In the Senior School we foster effective learning environments that are:

  • Stimulating
  • Cooperative and Supportive

 

We promote:

  • Independence
  • A strong sense of connectedness
  • Reflection and self-assessment

 

The Senior School itself is housed in the newest part of the school where each classroom contains an interactive whiteboard and the children have access to a variety of resources such as laptop computers, desktop computers and iPads.

Interschool sport is held during the summer and winter months within the local school district and over the course of the two years in the Senior School each child has the opportunity to attend four Camps.

English

At Baxter Primary School we believe we can successfully participate when we are literate. We believe that Literacy is the foundation for effective learning in all areas of the curriculum. Our Literacy program aims to ensure that students achieve success through a rigorous and balanced program.

Our English curriculum follows AUSVELS and is organised into three dimensions: Reading & Viewing, Writing and Speaking & Listening. Within these broad areas skills and strategies taught include:

  • Reading texts with fluency and phrasing
  • Comprehending (both literally and inferentially) texts read, viewed and listened to
  • Composing, editing and publishing written and spoken texts
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Handwriting
  • The use of technology as a means of communication
  • Oral language activities including oral presentations and performances

To enhance each of these areas a variety of programs are utilized including a phonemic approach to spelling, VCOP and Big Write, Literacy Pro and Reading Eggs.

Our Literacy program is personalised to address the needs and interests of all students within the classroom through a range of individual, small group and whole class activities. It is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. Ongoing monitoring of student achievements assists teachers to identify student needs and to set goals for future learning in collaboration with each individual student.

 

Mathematics

At Baxter, Mathematics is recognised as a core area of learning that equips our students with the skills, strategies and knowledge to be active and successful participants in society. We offer students a range of learning opportunities that allow our students to investigate concepts, including:

  • Group work
  • Game play
  • Skill practice
  • Explicit teaching at our students’ point of need
  • Investigations
  • Mathletics
  • Ipad applications
  • Class challenges

Health and Physical Education

The purpose of Health and Physical Education at Baxter Primary School is:

  • To provide equal opportunities in sport for all children regardless of gender, body type and physical ability.
  • To provide competition at all levels so that Baxter Primary School children may participate and develop to their maximum potential.
  • To develop and promote sporting opportunities for all children.
  • To develop in children an enjoyment of sport appropriate to their age.
  • To teach primary age children the benefits of sport and keeping fit.
  • To ensure that as many children as possible are involved in sport.
  • To promote a sense of fair play and sportsmanship.

 

This is implemented by:

  • Each grade being allocated a 50 minute physical education lesson each week.
  • Children in the Foundations year will participate in an hour long PMP session that will take place one morning a week, led by the grade teacher.
  • Grade 1/2 children participating in a swimming program over 6 weeks.
  • Children in grades 3-6 will partake in a 60 minute sport education session each week.
  • Children in grades 5 & 6 will participate in winter and summer inter-school sports, competing against other schools within the Murdoch District. Many children will also have the opportunity to represent the school in district events such as athletics, cross country and swimming. Some children may then progress to Divisional / Regional /State level competition.

Visual Arts

We have a spacious and well stocked visual arts room at Baxter Primary School. The Arts are valued and celebrated at our school because we understand how important it is for children to develop their creativity and imagination. The art room can be a release valve from the busy learning environments of classrooms, science rooms and computer labs. We organise our terms according to the medium we are using. For instance, in term one we usually concentrate on drawing, painting and printing. We use oil and wax pastels, pencils and chalk, pens and paint, water colour and acrylics. The younger students use pastels, pens and paint to learn drawing, building on the skills they have already learnt. We look at how we can use shapes to draw different animals and we learn about colours and mixing them to make new ones.

Each age group learns new skills depending on their ability. They are introduced to different media as they progress through the school and are shown drawing skills to practise and experiment with. The older children are introduced to famous artists and we explore the styles, colours and subjects that they use. This year we have looked at Michelangelo and William Turner. We have attempted our own Mona Lisa and atmospheric stormy sea scapes inspired by the paintings of Turner.

Next term we look forward to playing with paper and card, learning how to use new tools and finding out how we can join shapes together. Stay tuned for an action packed update of our wonderful students making 3 dimensional art.

Performing Arts

At Baxter Primary School, the performing arts program teaches skills associated with the disciplines of music, dance and drama. The program is based on AUSVELS and through this process, students develop invaluable social skills and learn to work effectively as a member of a team and individually. We encourage students to think in deep, critical and in highly innovative ways and to successfully communicate and express their ideas with confidence.

Our students engage in a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year. These include; regular performances at school assemblies, the annual Christmas concert and the grade 3-4 annual school production. These performances provide opportunities for students to gain experience as artists in practical situations, which allow them to develop artistic skills and experience beyond what can be achieved in a classroom environment.

Music

The music program at Baxter Primary School focuses on students participating in making music together. Students sing, dance, play instruments, listen to and respond to a variety of music genres in the music classroom. During the 60 minute music classes students have the opportunity to learn skills in playing recorder, ukulele, keyboards, drums and other percussion instruments as well as singing and dancing. Music lessons are differentiated for all student’s musical understanding and abilities so that everyone is involved in making music together as we ‘jam’ in groups or as a class.

In 2016 we introduced the Baxter Primary Glee club (choir) for students from grades 3-6 to sing together and perform at assemblies and other public occasions. Students also have access to private/small group tuition in keyboard, drums and guitar through private tutors.

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

At Baxter we believe that ICT is used to enhance student learning across the curriculum. We provide students with access to a range of technologies including ipads, touch screen laptops, interactive whiteboards and a computer laboratory. Students use computers for researching, creating and practicing a range of skills. Projects have included video production, basic programming and digital portfolios. We support and encourage the use of Mathletics, Literacy Pro, Reading Eggs, Microsoft Office and other freely available programs and apps including Scratch (programming), StoMo (Stop motion app) and learning games. Baxter has achieved Esmart status, recognising our efforts to create a safe and productive learning environment.

 

Science

At Baxter we believe science is an opportunity for students to roll up their sleeves and get busy investigating the world round them. We have a dedicated science room, where grades can go to investigate a range of scientific concepts using a wide variety of materials and equipment. Our camping program also gives us the opportunity to investigate natural sciences in their settings.

Outdoor
Education

Baxter Primary School’s Outdoor Education Program provides opportunities for students to develop positive relationships. It encourages children’s participation in a range of safe, developmentally appropriate activities. Children from years 3-6 are given the unique opportunity to camp under canvas at destinations such as the Sorrento Foreshore, Wilson’s Promontory and the Upper Yarra Reservoir. Our Outdoor Education Program is fully self-sufficient and therefore ensures that costs are kept to a minimum.

The Outdoor Education Program aims to:

  • Challenge children,
  • Promote resilience, initiative, self-reliance and responsibility.
  • Encourage relationship building, problem solving, respect and teamwork
  • Endorse healthy lifestyle choices

Outdoor
Education

Baxter Primary School’s Outdoor Education Program provides opportunities for students to develop positive relationships. It encourages children’s participation in a range of safe, developmentally appropriate activities. Children from years 3-6 are given the unique opportunity to camp under canvas at destinations such as the Sorrento Foreshore, Wilson’s Promontory and the Upper Yarra Reservoir. Our Outdoor Education Program is fully self-sufficient and therefore ensures that costs are kept to a minimum.

The Outdoor Education Program aims to:

  • Challenge children,
  • Promote resilience, initiative, self-reliance and responsibility.
  • Encourage relationship building, problem solving, respect and teamwork
  • Endorse healthy lifestyle choices

LOTE

The LOTE (Language Other Than English) that is taught at Baxter Primary School is Bahasa Indonesia, the national language of Indonesia. The LOTE program is a new and up-coming program at our school. It is currently taught at junior school level in prep and grade 1 with plans to continue expanding each year. The program focuses on cultural understanding as well as language experiences where students can use the vocabulary learnt in a fun, engaging and authentic way.

Why Indonesian?

  • Bahasa Indonesia is an accessible language for beginning learners of a second language.
  • It has an uncomplicated system of grammar and vocabulary and uses the same alphabet as English.
  • Indonesia is Australia’s largest and closet neighbour so that learning basic conversational skills in Indonesian can open up opportunities for our students in their future.
  • Many of the local secondary colleges also offer Indonesian as their LOTE.
  • Baxter Primary School has a fully qualified Indonesian teacher

Library

 

Sustainability

To see how our school is performing in our sustainable practices visit our SETS webpage. It contains facts and figures about our electricity, gas, waste and water usage with some interesting comparisons to explain what these results mean about our impact on the environment.

Welcome to the Sustainability section of the Baxter PS website.

In June 2008, Baxter PS formally commitment to becoming Resource Smart by becoming involved in the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative. Our school is in the initial stages of reviewing its operations in order to work with our beautiful environment rather than against it. This involves reducing water and energy usage, reducing the production of hard waste and increasing biodiversity within the school grounds. In April 2009, our school completed the Resource Smart Core Module creating a new set of environmental goals and policies to guide us into the future. In doing so the school achieved a one star Resource Smart rating. We look forward to sharing our journey with you as we work towards achieving Resource Smart 5 Star Certification. Tips on how to be environmentally friendlier will be a regular feature in this section.

Meet the Green Team

Responsibilities include

  • representing class groups at environmental meetings
  • turning off lights and computers when not in use
  • weighing hard rubbish on Nude Food Days
  • measuring the water quality Watson Creek
  • representing our school to discuss environmental issues
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