The Auslan Program
At Willmott Park Primary School, Auslan is offered to grade Ones and Twos.
The students have Auslan once a week for a fifty-minute lesson. The Auslan program teaches students to understand the role language plays in communicating with others and conveying messages, without using their voices.
The study of Auslan contributes to the overall education of students, particularly in:
- Cross-cultural understanding
- General knowledge
What are the benefits of Auslan?
- Learning and recognising letters
- Vocabulary words
- Reading back skills
- Stimulates the brain development when you use left and right hemisphere of the brain.
- Increase Memory Retention
Term 1 – Percussion
Students explore different types of percussion with a focus on developing drumming skills and reading drum notation.
Term 2 – Music theory and Instrumental skills
Students learn musical theory including basic notation and chord/instrument diagrams, while using instruments.
Term 3 – Singing, Performing and Song-writing
Students focus on building their singing, performing and song-writing skills, looking at different styles of music, the structure of a song and lyric analysis.
Term 4 – Band
Students use the knowledge and skills they have learned throughout the year to play songs together as a class band focusing on an instrument of their choice.
Willmott Park Primary School provides students with the skills, confidence and knowledge to become responsible for their own engagement in physical activities for life.
Students in Prep – Year 2 will develop their fundamental movement skills, required for success in sporting activities. Students in their first years at WPPS, will also learn to follow basic rules through small-sided games, to build their knowledge of applying these skills into games.
Students in Year 3 and Year 4 are introduced to common sports, and the knowledge of rules and skills that are required to be successful in these sports. WPPS students get to experience playing in these sports, modified based on skill level to build confidence in all students.
Students in Year 5 and Year 6 begin to learn and implement sporting strategies and tactics into these sports, as well as learning further sports that they may be unfamiliar with. They also learn how some skills and strategies can be used in multiple sports.
Interschool Sport Y5&6
Willmott Park students are also offered the opportunity to participate against other schools in our district in Interschool Sport. The sports that we compete in are:
Term 1 – Basketball, Volleyball, Tee-ball, Cricket
Term 2 – AFL, Soccer, Netball
Term 3/4 – TBC
We also compete against other schools in a range of other competitions including:
- Interschool Athletics
- Interschool Cross Country
- Interschool Swimming
- Hoop Time (Basketball)
- T20 Cricket Blast
At Wilmott Park Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths (STEAM) is taught from Years 3 – 6. Our students participate in 1 weekly 50-minute STEAM lesson.
During these lessons the students develop their curiosity with hands-on experiences that encourage them to think like scientists and engineers. They also develop fundamental skills in problem solving, design, critical thinking, risk taking, perseverance and curiosity through coding, robotics, design and 3D printing.
In the STEAM room students at Willmott Park Primary School have access to and regularly use:
- 24 networked laptops
- 8th Gen iPads
- Bee Bots
- Makey Makey
- 2 FlashForge 3D Printers
- Lego Mindstorms EV3
- Lego Wedo
The Willmott Park Art program is designed to be fun, engaging and teach students to love Art and creating. Students are free to explore their creativity whilst learning and experimenting with a great range of mediums and styles.
Every term has a different focus but in general our breakdown includes:
Term 1 – Drawing
Each year level has a different focus but all involve building skills with pencil. We explore fantasy art, perspective drawing and portraiture
Term 2 – Painting
Students are taught the basics in colour theory and painting techniques. We explore various styles including pop art, realism, cubism, surrealism and renaissance painting
Term 3 – Textiles and Construction
Students are taught to create things with their hands and explore construction with cardboard and wood, stitching and embroidery and modelling with clay
Term 4 – Exploration
In Term 4 students create their own projects and are free to use the skills they have developed in previous terms to bring their vision to life.