The curriculum for Foundation (prep) to year 10 in Victoria is known as AusVELS. At Meredith we ensure that our curriculum is delivered in a meaningful and relevant way, to the students and that it captures their interests and is personalised to meet individual needs. Coverage of all learning areas is important, with emphasis on the core areas of English and Mathematics.
Meredith Primary School has heavily invested into Learning Technologies in recent years knowing that this is a significant part of the world we live in today. Our students have access to laptops, iPads, iPods, Nintendo DSis, Gaming Consoles and a Video Conferencing Unit. Using these technologies in our classes also allows us to provide an enormous range of learning opportunities which suit each child’s individual needs.
Currently each grade has access to their own group set of iPads as well as access to a further 20 iPads. We have a class set of 20 laptops which can be used by all grade levels. With a focus on using our technologies for creative purposes, we are now able to allow students to create things that wouldn’t have been possible in the past such as digital books, movies and animations. We understand that our students are growing up in the 21st century and we aim to give them a curriculum that is appropriate for the needs of the digital age. We aim for all of our students to leave us with highly competent ICT skills and a creative and inquisitive mind.
Investigations Program / iLearning
A school initiative is our integrated learning program. Our Grade F-2 students participate in our ‘Investigations’ program and our Grade 3-6 students do ‘iLearning’. These programs run each day and incorporate the Arts (visual, music & performing), Science and Technology as well as supporting skill development in Reading, Writing and Maths. It provides students with a variety of activities designed to cater for differing learning styles and gives them opportunities to explore and use their creativity. Students have the opportunity to choose their tasks and can work both individually or as a group, depending on the task. The program is based around learning needs as well as student interests and creates an environment that allows students to:
- use problem solving strategies
- collaborate with their peers
- become independent learners
- actively engage in learning