We are proud of the:
- Broad range of exciting learning opportunities that are provided for all children at Malvern Valley Primary School.
- High standard of achievement by the children.
Learning at Malvern Valley Primary School is characterised by a Rich, Rigorous and Relevant Curriculum. We have a consistent approach across our school to our teaching and learning, and as a result, can have high expectations of our staff and students. Our strategic goals focus heavily on ensuring we are providing a curriculum that challenges all learners, particularly those who are highly able, and is rich in feedback to enable student growth.
Being based on the Victorian Curriculum, it encompasses eight Learning Areas and four Capabilities. Learning Areas and Capabilities are both explicitly taught and have connections made between them when appropriate.
These Learning areas are: English, Mathematics, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Science, Technologies, Languages and The Humanities (Civics & Citizenship, Economics & Business, Geography & History).
The four Capabilities are: Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Capability, Ethical Capability and Personal and Social Capability.
Extra Curricula Programs
Extra Curricula Programs enhance the curriculum and add breadth and depth to student learning. Some programs the school currently provided include:
- Passion Clubs: an array of activities run by teachers at lunchtime
- Canteen Garden
- Perceptual Motor Program (Foundation)
- Swimming: All students
- Bike Education (Grade 4)
- Inter-School and District Sport: Grades 3-6
- Brass Band: Grades 3-6
- Private music lessons
- Annual 3/4 & 5/6 Camps & Snow Camp (Grades 3-6)
More information on the curriculum is available on the following pages and in the 2018 Parent Handbook, which you can download below.
The school’s Wellbeing Program is underpinned by the proven Positive Education framework and encompasses Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment, as well as Growth Mindset and Character Strengths. It is taught explicitly throughout the week and habits of positive wellbeing are practised at the beginning of every session, every day in every class.
Our Values underpin all expectations of behaviours and actions as a community. They are espoused every day by everyone. They are:
- Resilience: Being able to bounce back and make the most of a situation when unexpected things happen
- Respect: Having regard for yourself, other and property
- Cooperation: Working together for the good of everyone
- Confidence: Having faith and trust in yourself
The Foundation (Prep) Inquiry Units for 2019 are:
All About Me
An inquiry into relationships, beliefs and values.
I am special and am shaped by my family and friends.
- What unique strengths do I have?
- How are they similar / different to others?
- How am I shaped by my family and friends?
- How does a growth mindset help me develop strengths?
An inquiry into technology; the scientific process, laws, principles & advances.
Everyday items move in a range of different ways.
- What is movement?
- Why do objects move in different ways?
- How can I control the movement of objects?
Sharing the Planet
An inquiry into the natural & living world.
Living things have features that are necessary for survival.
- What are living things & why are they important?
- What features allow living things to survive?
- How can living things support each other to survive?
An inquiry into geographical characteristics.
Living things make their homes depending on their needs & environment.
- What are some different types of homes?
- Why do living things need different kinds of homes?
- How have homes changed over time?
- How does location affect the type of home?
The Grade 1/2’s Inquiry Units for 2019 are:
An inquiry into beliefs & values, community engagement, personal & local histories & families & friends.
Many different influences help make us who we are.
- What are the things that make me who I am?
- Who helps shape the things that I like?
- How do my interests connect to my daily life?
- How do my interests compare to others?
Wild About Weather
An inquiry into the scientific processes; cause and effect.
Our world and our lives are affected by the weather.
- What are the different elements of weather?
- Why does weather change (eg. night / day, seasons)?
- How is weather different around the world
- How does the weather affects our daily lives?
An inquiry into Indigenous Australian history, Australian history & homes & journeys
Songs, art, dance and storytelling help us understand ATSI history and traditions
- Who are Australia’s Indigenous People?
- How do ATSI people tell stories?
- How do stories pass down history and traditions?
- What can we learn about Australia’s history from viewing art, songs, stories and dance?
- Why do people tell stories differently?
An inquiry into the natural world, living things, humans’ rights & responsibilities, sustainable practises.
How humans use and dispose of materials has an impact on living things and our environment.
- What natural and manmade resources do we use in our community?
- How do humans share resources with other people and living things?
- How do our actions impact our world?
- How can we be more sustainable?
The Grade 3 & 4’s Inquiry Units for 2019 are:
An inquiry into community engagement & how communities function.
Communities develop and change to serve the needs, ideals & common interests of its members.
- How do communities function and change?
- What role do governments & democracy have?
- What is my role in the community?
- How do we respond to the needs, ideals & common interests of a community?
Forces & Materials
An inquiry into the scientific world & its laws, humans’ understanding of scientific principles & the impact of scientific & technological advances
Scientific processes and understandings have enabled developments throughout history.
- What is the scientific process?
- How have materials and their uses changed over time?
- What are the impacts of scientific discoveries?
- How can scientific discoveries enhance our lives?
An inquiry into explorations, Indigenous Australian history & Australian History
First contact between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples shaped Australia’s past.
- What prompted different cultural groups to explore the world?
- What were Indigenous peoples’ first experiences with explorers and colonists?
- What are/were the impacts of settlement?
Healthy Ocean, Healthy Planet!
An inquiry into the natural world, weather & environmental change.
The natural world is fundamentally altered by both natural processes and human actions.
- What natural processes shaped the Australian environment before humans?
- How have humans altered the Australian environment?
- How do we respond to environmental change?
The Grades 5 & 6’s Inquiry Units for 2019 are:
The Power of One
An inquiry into personal health & wellbeing, beliefs & values & relationships.
Our identity and well-being is influenced by choices we make.
- How do we define our own identity?
- What aspects of our identity and well-being do we have control over?
- How can others’ actions influence identity?
- How do choices we make define us?
Scientists R Us!
An inquiry into the scientific world & its laws & humans’ understanding of scientific principles
Through observation and experimentation, people make sense of the world around them.
- What is the scientific process?
- How do humans manipulate scientific principles?
- How have our understandings of scientific principles impacted our everyday lives?
Build It Up!
An inquiry into local and global geography & significant local & international events through time.
People in a community design and build structures to meet their needs.
- How are man-made structures similar / different around the world?
- How have natural geographical features and resources impacted various structures?
- How have natural resources impacted construction?
Live & Let Live
An inquiry into the natural world, living things, humans’ rights & responsibilities, finite & infinite resources & sustainable practice
Humans use natural resources which have an impact on the environment.
- What natural resources are renewable and non-renewable?
- What practices help conserve natural resources?
- How can we become more sustainable?
All Students engage in weekly science lessons in a dedicated space to foster both a love of all aspects of science and an understanding of the scientific process of hypothesising, experimenting and analysing.
Students develop strong understandings of a range of transdisciplinary skills in science, and thoroughly enjoy the chance to immerse themselves in exciting experiments.
Technology is embedded throughout all subject areas and at all levels within our school, with a strong focus on enhancing the learning experience, not simply substituting off-line experiences for online ones. All students are taught Digital Communications as a specialist subject area and within this, become proficient in a range of skills, particularly the use of the Adobe products.
All students have access to an array of technology in their classroom. Students in Foundation – Grade 2 have iPad pods between each class, whilst students in Grades 3 – 6 have laptop pods between classes. Students also engage with robotics and coding equipment regularly to develop their computational thinking.
The School is also currently in the trial phase of the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) suite of resources, enabling the setting and assessing of work online, collaboration and co-construction.
At Malvern Valley, our aim is to deliver an exciting and engaging Arts Program that enables students to develop skills, techniques and processes in the following discipline areas:
- drawing, painting and printmaking
- construction and clay modelling
- collage and textiles
All students participate in a session each week, focusing on skill development in particular or combined areas, in accordance with their developmental stage.
By enabling students to experiment with a broad range of materials and styles, we endeavour to nurture individual expression and creativity, cultivate aesthetic awareness and develop an understanding of the elements and principles of art and design.
Performing Arts aims to increase student confidence and improve skills in areas such as Public Speaking, Drama and Music in a fun and supportive environment.
Some examples of what the students have been doing include:
- Exploring the qualities of successful versus unsuccessful speakers and performers; such as using a clear voice, projecting your voice, using appropriate body language and facial expressions and facing and maintaining eye-contact with the audience.
- Experimenting with voices and sounds.
- Acting out scripted skits and plays.
- Improvising, rehearsing, presenting to the class and providing feedback to peers.
- Performing in response to a stimulus such as music or a picture book.
- Creating accompanying music using percussion instruments.
- Learning increasingly complex dance steps and working in small groups and as a whole class to create their own unique dance moves.
Health and Physical Education
A specialist Physical Education teacher takes all children for a one hour session each week. Classroom teachers also provide physical education lessons covering fundamental motor skills and sports to complement the Physical Education Program.
All classes take part in the Physical Education Program..
Our school has a strong focus on being active and promotes being healthy and fit. Our comprehensive program includes:
- Weekly P.E. sessions which are skills and games based and taught by a specialist P.E. teacher.
- A swimming program which takes place in term 4 at Ashburton Pool for all grades.
- An Athletics, Swimming and Country Carnival.
- Interschool sport for the grade 5 & 6 students.
- Bike Education for the grade 4 students.
- Perceptual Motor Program (Prep)
- Clinics for a range of sports.
- Annual Twilight Sports Evening.
- Premier’s Active April Program
- School grounds that promote being active and fit.
- Active Travel Program – encouraging students to walk or ride to school (in March, 2014 the number of children walking/riding to school on any given day has been as high as 85% of the student body!)
- Sporting Schools Program – students are able to try a range of sports (at no cost) by participating in this exciting during and after school initiative. Sports introduced to date include Basketball, Lacrosse, Yoga, Ice Sports, Table Tennis, Hockey, Basketball and Circus Skills.
A Swimming Program is conducted at each level of the school in term 4 at Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre. All children are involved in the program provided by qualified swimming instructors supported by the class teachers. This culminates in our school swimming carnival.
At Malvern Valley we learn to speak Japanese. In Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 the students learn to speak Japanese through music. In Grade 3 to Grade 6, the students continue to learn to speak Japanese plus they learn to read and write it as well.
Sensei comes from Japan and her passion in teaching the children about the country, language and songs is evident in the concerts where the children perform.
Sensei organises for the students to write to other students in a school in Kyushu. The students love to get letters back from them.
All children are involved in the library program, which covers both literature, and research skills. Children are encouraged to borrow material. When borrowing these materials, children have a responsibility for the care of them and for returning them on time.
We regularly use the Phoenix Park library so we encourage all children to be registered at the library by their parents. The teachers take the children over the library each week and they are able to borrow using their card.
We also have a library which the children use with their class and it is open at lunchtime on a Monday and Friday. Students are welcome to visit during these times to browse and borrow. Borrowing is generally for a fortnight except over the holiday period.
At Malvern Valley we pride ourselves on developing each child’s potential. As well as teachers ensuring all students are challenged, a number of individual programs support our ability to tailor learning and ensure each child’s growth is enhanced. These include the following.
- Participation in the Australian Primary Schools Mathematics Olympiad
- Participation in the Mathematics Talent Quest
- Opportunities to attend GATEWAYS enrichment programs
The Levelled Literacy Intervention Program is conducted by our Education Support Staff and overseen by our Literacy Learning Specialist for all students from Grade 1 – 6 who require additional support to become proficient readers.
Literacy Enhancement Activity Program (LEAP): This program is delivered by our Literacy Support Teacher and supports students between Prep and Grade 6 who are experiencing difficulties with literacy development. Each LEAP program has been designed to target specific literacy and language skills that are essential for learning in the classroom. The LEAP programs lead students sequentially through skills, with students required to reach a specific skill level before moving to the next skill.
Excursions & Camps
Our school is proud to include incursions, excursions and a school camp as part of our learning program.
Excursions/Incursions occur at all levels and provide opportunities for authentic learning experiences
Annual Camps occur once students are in Grades 3/4 and 5/6. Camps are developmentally appropriate, yet challenging for the students. A rotation of camps is used to ensure students have a new experience each time.
- Grade 3/4: Camp Jungai and Philip Island Coastal Retreat
- Grade 5/6: Cave Hill Creek / Sovereign Hill and Anglesea YMCA Camp
Students in Grades 3 – 6 have the opportunity to attend an annual Ski Camp to Mount Buller. This camp, over three days provides students with the opportunity to develop their skills, build cross-grade relationships and for some, be challenged by a new experience.