In the Primary Sector, our Literacy is directed by the Victorian Curriculum Standards. Teaching teams reference the Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum to create learning experiences that build student’s Reading, Writing and Spelling understanding.
Mentor texts are used to scaffold students in building the multiple strategies they need to read text fluently. Students are supported to learn a repertoire of word reading skills – decoding strategies. Students build their ability in self-monitoring, ensuring they are understanding what they read. Through rich discussions and targeted questioning, students construct understanding of texts which grows in sophistication as they advance through primary school. Students are given many opportunities to demonstrate their understanding and justify their thinking.
Mentor texts are also used with great effectiveness within the writing sessions. Students explore and experiment with author’s craft through discussing and recreating known texts. Teachers support students to develop their writing skills through targeted teaching, feedback and modelling the thoughts and processes a writer goes through when creating genres of writing. Students learn through a range of different learning experiences to support their idea development.
Students carry their writer’s notebook alongside them during their writing sessions to inspire them with their idea development and experimentation of style and craft.
The writer’s notebook is a rich resource – it is where the writer stores ideas, language, images, drafts and notes, feelings, and descriptions to revisit later.
In it, writers can ‘gather seeds’ – collect ideas and quotes, make sketches and diagrams, or even write quick pieces on any topic. The writer’s notebook can be revisited as a resource for ideas.
Manor Lakes College uses a phonics based approached for the teaching of spelling. SMART Spelling is a highly directed spelling program that teaches targeted letter/sound patterns according to a student’s years in school. Spelling sessions are carried out daily and weekly spelling tests help both teachers and students track their progress.
Each year, School Captains are selected via a written application and interview process with the Principal. They are presented their badges in the final assembly of the year by the current School Captains. As the leaders of our Primary, their role is to run assemblies, tour new families and special guests around our school and be a role model for all students at all times. Throughout the year, our School Captains can be seen working on extra projects, such as the Sustainability Project with Werribee Zoo, as well as leading the JSC and Peer Mediators (See below).
Our Junior School Council aims to develop student voice, which is proven to enable more self-directed and independent learners.
We involve our House Colours, Specialist Captains (Art, Music, LOTE, Sport) and Class captains to make up our councillors each year.
Councillors meet each week to discuss ways to improve our school, usually focusing on recess and lunch times.
Their most important job is to ask their peers lots of questions and listen to what other students may be requesting.
Our councillors often create posters, help run fundraisers and are trained to speak at assembly as part of their role.
Each year, a small group of Year Five and Six students are selected for Peer Mediator training. They work with Greg Mitchell and using the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships curriculum, role play how to best solve minor issues that sometimes occur in the yard during recess and lunchtime. Once they’re ready, they are rostered on for duty! Peer Mediators are easy to see in the yard, as they wear bright orange vests. They enjoy working in partners together and helping younger students learn how to use our Manor Lakes Values of Aiming High, Showing Respect, Valuing our Community and being Safe.
At Manor Lakes we teach children to adopt a positive, long term attitude towards physical activity. Every year level participates in weekly Physical Education (PE) – involving a range of skills, lessons about health and activities throughout the year.
Prep-Year 2 students participate in activities based around fundamental motor skills which involves students developing a range of fine and gross motor skills.
Year 3-6 students participate in minor and major games and activities, which focus on sport-specific skills. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities including:
- Swimming Carnival
- Athletics Carnival
- Cross Country
As part of the local interschool sports program, Year 6 students have the opportunity to compete against other schools in our Werribee District, with sports including football, soccer, basketball, netball, t-ball, softball, bat tennis, volleyball and kanga cricket.
In swimming, cross country, athletics and Year 6 Sport Gala Days, students have the opportunity to progress from a school level through to District, Division, Regional and State competitions. Students can also individually try out for state teams in netball, football, hockey, soccer and basketball.
All Primary classes at Manor Lakes College have their own libraries in each classroom. As well as being able to select books every day from the classroom, each class also visits the local Community Library. Our Primary Students & Teachers will continue to develop our connections with the Manor Lakes Community Library in 2020. Our aim is to have each of our primary classes visit the Library once per term. We would love to visit more often but the Library must provide an equitable service to the whole community and each of the schools in our community.
During a Library visit, the students are encouraged to become familiar with the Library’s collection and services. Students are very excited to have the opportunity to borrow books that they love. To support our students borrowing and love of reading we encourage families to visit the Library during the holidays and sign students up for their own Library card. It is a very simple process and completely free!
Wyndham Library Service – Manor Lakes Branch
86 Manor Lakes Blvd, Manor Lakes VIC 3024