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At Willmott Park Primary School we embrace the continually developing research, evidence and science behind how children learn, and use it as the bedrock of our teaching philosophy in English. We implement best-practice and evidence-based curriculum to ensure that every child at our school can become proficient with the English language.

Our Reading and Writing programs are structured around the Victorian Curriculum, and especially the key skills all children require: Oral Language development and Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency with word reading and connected text, Vocabulary building and extension, and Comprehension. We employ evidence-based programs such as Heggerty Phonological Awareness, Jolly Phonics for synthetic phonics, Jolly Grammar and Jolly Spelling, Spelling Mastery, and MiniLit for Tier 2 intervention, to ensure we are providing a solid foundation for our young readers and writers.

Our English lessons adapt to the best understandings of Cognitive Science and how children learn best. We explicitly teach new concepts and skills through a three lesson Gradual Release of Responsibility structure and then support through structured review and revision.

We regularly monitor all our students’ progress with high quality assessments such as DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Early Literacy Skills) and CUBED to ensure that any concerns with student progress are identified and addressed, our students are supported and extended, and their achievements are celebrated. Our teaching staff regularly review student progress and determine its impact on future planning, and moderate student work (especially in Writing).

We are fortunate to have vibrant and fully stocked school library that is full of engaging and diverse fiction and non-fiction texts that suit the interests and learning of all students, as well as decodable readers for students just starting their reading journey. Every year we celebrate Reading and Writing with our students with an event-filled Book Week. We love to invite illustrators, authors, Manga artists and storytellers into our school to work with us and help us develop our love of reading and the written word.


This year at Willmott Park, our students will develop a growth mindset when it comes to Mathematics. We have all heard people say, ‘I am not a maths person’, or ‘ I was never good at maths at school,’. We have set a challenge at Willmott Park PS to change what we say and how we see Mathematics.

The beauty of maths is all around us. We see it in nature, through patterns and symmetry. We use timetables to organise ourselves at home, school and work. We will develop students understanding of Numeracy by using manipulatives. We are creating an environment where students are encouraged to take risks and mistakes that are celebrated. Yes! You read that correctly, mistakes are celebrated! As is it widely recognised that mistakes create pathways in our brains to understand what went wrong, how to correct it, so as not to make the mistake again.

Our Mathematical Program follows the Victorian Curriculum, and we create engaging activities that often involve students collaborating on a problem together. Within the curriculum there are Four Maths Proficiencies: Understanding, Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving. Teachers plan activities that encompass these, as it allows students to be able to learn new skills and apply them. The students are encouraged to explain and justify their solution to their peers. It is exciting to see a classroom where the students are leading the discussion by questioning each other and asking them to clarify their explanation.

One important aspect of Numeracy is fluency. Often when we hear this word, and we think of being the fastest one to solve the problem. At Willmott Park fluency is viewed as the ability to retrieve previously learnt skills and apply them to a different problem. Sometimes this may take some time and there may be errors. Our teachers skilfully question and scaffold the student’s learning to achieve success, when completing these problems.

Our activities are based on the ‘low floor, high ceiling’ model, which means all students begin the task with some independence and then there is adaptation or differentiation to ensure they are challenged and experience success. We encourage inquiry-based learning, where students are provided with activities which are open ended. This helps students to think deeper and more creatively.

We want students to see themselves as lifelong mathematicians and to inspire creativity and fun within their learning process.

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At Willmott Park PS we want our students to be, curious, creative, and critical learners. We believe that Inquiry based learning is an integral part of an ever-changing global community.

This year the Learning Specialists introduced the evidence based, Kath Murdoch Model of Inquiry to the staff.
The process is as follows:
Tuning in – provides students with engaging, multimodal experiences that gives them the big ideas of the topic.
Finding out –challenges students’ thinking and allows them to ask more questions and learn other skills to gather more information.
Sorting out – allows students to organise their information and decide what they will use and how they might present their information.
Going further – enables students to investigate areas of personal interest based on the initial topic and present another perspective or dimension to the topic.
Making Conclusions – students evaluate their learning and the skills they used during the inquiry. They begin to draw conclusions and making connections to the Inquiry topic.
Action –students decide what action they might take to show their learning, or how to relate their learning to real-life situations.

This process includes an immense amount of Student Agency and encourages students to lead their learning. The teacher acts as the facilitator of knowledge, stretching their thinking with questions that keep them engaged and focused. Then in collaboration with the teacher and their peers, students begin to ask questions, which helps them develop their research and questioning skills. In this environment students follow their own driving question, either in a small group or independently.

The teacher works with the different groups, providing them with the skills and questions to keep them on track and wanting to know more.
It is a powerful learning cycle that assists students to become confident and capable learners. Students are the drivers of their learning whilst the teacher builds the repertoire of skills needed. The leadership is shared in an Inquiry classroom. Responsibility belongs to everyone and so do the celebrations of all the milestone steps. Expectations are high and technologies embedded throughout.

We look forward to celebrating all our successes with the Willmott community. We encourage parents/carers to ask their child about their unit topics and what amazing information and skills they discover as they navigate these throughout the year.
We acknowledege the Gunung-Willam-Balluk people as the Tradiational Owners of the land on which we meet and pay our respects to the Elders past and present.
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