Specialists

English As An Additional Language (EAL)

All children from a Non-English speaking background and recent arrivals to Australia have access to a specialist teacher and resources for EAL. Children are withdrawn in small groups for two fifty minute sessions per week.

We do extra English activities, revising what the children have learnt in the classroom, concentrating on speaking, listening and writing. We play word games, role playing, activities on the Interactive Whiteboard and enhance oral language in our activity

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Performing Arts

The performing arts program at Maramba has a main focus on music, but also incorporates some dance, drama and ICT.  The Musical Futures approach underpins all lessons - learning like a musician.  Students learn to play ukulele in the infant grades, while the middle and upper grades have access to guitars, bass guitars, keyboards and drums.  Senior students regularly work in bands, and every student is included in a band.  In the infant grades, students use Macbooks to learn musical elements while in the middle and senior grades, they use Macbooks and iPads to compose and record music and music video clips.  At the end of each term, students perform at MPAC (Maramba Performing Arts Concert), to show what they have learnt during that term.  It is also an opportunity for other perforamnces.  These concerts are run and hosted by the Performing Arts Captains.

Each year, Maramba performs a musical theatre production at Cranbourne Community Theatre. Students from Grades 4-6 are invited to be involved. Students also work backstage and also controlling lights, AV and sound.

Classes are offered for students who wish to learn an instrument - guitar, singing, drums, keyboards & bass.

 

 

 

 

Physical Education

The Physical Education Program is a well-rounded program incorporating all areas of Physical Education. Each student is encouraged to participate in all activities striving for their best individual achievement. All this is conducted in a friendly, supportive indoor and outdoor environment.

Our program aims to develop students gross motor skills, their fitness, team work and above all develop a love for a healthy lifestyle.

Students from grade 3-6 have the opportunity to participate in district athletics, cross-country and swimming programs where the children’s abilities are extended and matched against children from neighbouring schools.

 

 

Perceptual Motor Program (PMP)      

The Perceptual Motor Program is a program that aims to develop a child’s understandings of the world and how they see, feel, touch, hear, process and respond to their world. The program uses movement and motor activities to develop many skills including:

*Spatial Awareness

*Balance

*Eye – Hand Co-ordination

*Language and concepts (eg: on, in through, under)

*Problem solving

*Body image and control

*Memory

*Directionality

*Social interactions

*Physical Fitness

Each week students in Prep and Grade One participate in sequenced rotating sessions of exercises using a variety of equipment set up indoors in the gymnasium.

 

 

Literacy Support

At Maramba Primary School, we provide specialist Literacy Support sessions for grade one students. The Literacy Support Program provides early intervention opportunities in a small group for students who, after one year of schooling, have not yet established effective reading and writing processes. Students in the Literacy Support Program receive intensive focused literacy lessons from a qualified teacher in addition to their regular classroom reading and writing program.

 

 

Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Information Literacy

All students have access to a large range of resources in the school library. There is a dedicated computer lab that students use on a regular basis with their classroom teacher.  Students learn to use many software programs in curriculum-focused lessons, which are aimed at developing skilful computer users. They routinely use computers in the Lab and in the classrooms to access information, to work on research projects and develop higher order thinking skills, as well as to present their work.

Software used in ICT sessions includes many programs such as:

· Kahootz
· PowerPoint
· Word
· Excel
· Super Clubs Plus