Curriculum

Prep Curriculum Overview

The Prep program at Berwick Lodge Primary School is designed to provide our youngest learners with a strong foundation for their educational journey. Our curriculum is based on a holistic approach that promotes the development of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive skills. Through engaging and age-appropriate activities, we aim to foster a love for learning, curiosity, and creativity in our students.

The Prep curriculum at Berwick Lodge Primary School aims to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment for our youngest learners. By focusing on holistic development and fostering a love for learning, we lay the foundation for future academic success and well-rounded individuals who are ready to explore the world with confidence and curiosity.

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Grade 1 and 2 Curriculum Overview

The Grade 1 and 2 program at Berwick Lodge Primary School builds upon the foundational skills developed in Prep and further challenges students to explore, discover, and grow. Our curriculum is designed to foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and social-emotional development, preparing students for a successful academic journey.

The Grade 1 and 2 curriculum at Berwick Lodge Primary School provides a well-rounded and challenging educational experience. Through a balance of academic rigor, creativity, and character development, we aim to nurture students who are not only academically prepared but also socially aware and curious about the world around them. Our goal is to empower each student to become a responsible, confident, and enthusiastic learner.

Grade 3 and 4 Curriculum Overview

The Grade 3 and 4 program at Berwick Lodge Primary School is designed to build upon the strong foundation laid in earlier years and to foster critical thinking, independence, and a love for learning. Our curriculum emphasises academic excellence, character development, and social responsibility.

The Grade 3 and 4 curriculum at Berwick Lodge Primary School aims to provide a challenging and well-rounded educational experience. Our goal is to nurture independent thinkers, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners. By emphasising academic excellence, creativity, and character development, we prepare students to excel academically and contribute positively to their communities and the world.

Grade 5 and 6 Curriculum Overview

The Grade 5 and 6 program at Berwick Lodge Primary School is designed to provide students with a comprehensive and challenging education, preparing them for the transition to secondary school and beyond. Our curriculum emphasises critical thinking, leadership, and personal growth.

The Grade 5 and 6 curriculum at Berwick Lodge Primary School aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success in secondary school and beyond. We foster critical thinking, creativity, leadership, and global awareness, preparing our students to be responsible and informed citizens who can make a positive impact on the world.

Visual Arts Curriculum Overview

The Visual Arts program at Berwick Lodge Primary School is designed to foster creativity, self-expression, and an appreciation for the world of art. Through a comprehensive and hands-on curriculum, students are encouraged to explore various art forms, develop their artistic skills, and cultivate a lifelong love for visual arts.

Physical Education Curriculum Overview

The Physical Education (PE) program at Berwick Lodge Primary School is dedicated to promoting physical fitness, healthy lifestyle choices, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Our curriculum is designed to provide students with a well-rounded physical education experience that fosters lifelong habits of physical activity and well-being.

Performing Arts Curriculum Overview

The Performing Arts program at Berwick Lodge Primary School is designed to ignite creativity, foster self-expression, and develop skills in various performing arts disciplines. Our curriculum is dedicated to providing students with opportunities to explore drama, music, and dance, enabling them to discover their talents and build confidence on and off the stage.

STEM Curriculum Overview

The STEM program at Berwick Lodge Primary School is dedicated to preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the modern world. Our interdisciplinary curriculum integrates science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation skills. Through hands-on activities and real-world applications, students are encouraged to explore, experiment, and embrace the principles of STEM.

Mandarin Language Curriculum Overview

The Mandarin Language program at Berwick Lodge Primary School is dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to learn one of the world’s most widely spoken languages. Our curriculum aims to not only develop students’ language proficiency but also promote cultural understanding and global awareness. Learning Mandarin enhances students’ cognitive skills and prepares them for an interconnected world.

RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS

Respectful Relationships education is a core component of the Victorian Curriculum from foundation to year 12. It is all about embedding a culture of respect and equality across the entire school community.

ABOUT RESPECTFUL RELATIONSHIPS

At Berwick Lodge Primary School, we want our children to have an education that gives them the best start to a happy, healthy, and productive life. Respectful Relationships supports students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage safe and respectful relationships. Respectful Relationships takes a whole-school approach, recognising that schools are a place of learning, a workplace, and a key part of local communities. It embeds a culture of respect and equality across our entire school community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes, and social events. This approach leads to positive change in students’ academic outcomes, their wellbeing, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students.

IN THE CLASSROOM

In the primary years, Respectful Relationships focuses on treating everyone with respect. It is taught as part of the Health and Physical Education and Personal and Social Capability areas of the Victorian Curriculum. The supporting Resilience, Rights & Respectful Relationships teaching and learning materials have been developed by world-leading experts from the University of Melbourne. These age-appropriate resources align to the Victorian Curriculum and include lesson plans and activities that help students learn and practise social skills and apply them in a positive way to learning, life and relationships.

The Resilience, Rights & Respectful Relationships resources cover eight topics for each year level.

Topic 1: Emotional Literacy – students develop the use of vocabulary to describe the emotional states of themselves and others.

Topic 2: Personal Strengths – Students develop a vocabulary to help them recognise and understand various strengths and positive qualities in themselves and others. They identify the strengths they admire in others and those they need to draw on to engage with the challenges and opportunities that life presents.

Topic 3: Positive Coping – Students develop language around coping, they are supported to critically reflect on their coping strategies and extend their repertoire of positive coping strategies.

Topic 4: Problem Solving – Students learn a range of problem-solving techniques that can be applied when confronting personal, social, and ethical dilemmas. They engage in applied learning tasks in which they apply their problem-solving skills to be realistic.

Topic 5: Stress Management – This teaches students to learn a range of problem-solving skills through applied learning tasks, so that they can cope with challenges as they arise

Topic 6: Help-Seeking- Help seeking is a coping strategy that involves seeking technical, instrumental, social, or emotional support from other people

Topic 7: Gender and Identity -These are age-appropriate learning activities that assist students to understand and critique the influence of gender norms on attitudes and behaviours

Topic 8: Positive Gender Relations – This teaches students to build positive gender relationships and the importance of acceptance of difference and diversity.

Myths and Facts:

Respectful Relationships | Victorian Government (www.vic.gov.au)

BLPS Gardens

Over the past few years we have designed, created and built three new gardens at Berwick Lodge Primary School.

Community Garden

Our first garden was our Community Garden, located at the end of gymnasium and next to our After School Building. The garden was officially opened by Cr Mick Moyland in November 2014. Our garden was built by volunteer community members, families, staff and students with mostly recyclable and reclaimed materials. The garden is an ever evolving space that changes season by season. The garden provides hands on learning experiences where the students develop an understanding of gardening and growing their own food.

Memorial Garden

After successfully applying for an ANZAC Grant, we commenced construction during 2016 of our Memorial Garden. Located just near the staff car park, the garden encompasses our flag pole, memorial seat, Gallipoli roses, remembrance rosemary and our signs commemorating the conflicts Australian soldiers have fought in. The garden was opened in conjunction with Remembrance Day 2016 by Judith Graley MP, representing the Victorian Minister for Veteran Affairs.

Sensory Garden

Nearly complete our sensory garden is our newest garden that we have developed within our school gardens. Our sensory garden has items and plants that can stimulate or calm the senses including touching plants, smelling leaves, listening to water, music and movement of plants, seeing colours, tasting foods and exploring other tactile areas of the garden. Construction commenced late in 2016 and the garden is now open to our school community to use during both class and recess times. The official opening is scheduled for December 2017.

Junior School Council

The JSC (Junior School Council) is the student Leadership Group at our school. Two students are selected from each class from their peers and teachers. These students have shown that they are responsible, dependable and hardworking. They are able to speak publicity and represent their peers in important whole school matters. We meet every week on a Friday. We look at community concerns and issues and work hard to raise money, food or other items to address some of these needs. We also look at how we can improve our school and make it a better place for everyone.

 

JSC Mission Statement:

JSC is made up of a student body, chosen by peers to represent their grades.

We develop ideas for fundraising and run events that will benefit our school and community. We strive to make the school and community a better place.

We look forward to working with the whole school community and making a difference to 2016! We will share our projects and stories on this page. Please check us out regularly to receive the latest updates and news!

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