Camberwell Primary School Specialist Programs

Performing Arts

At Camberwell Primary School all students participate in one 50-minute Performing Arts session per week. During this time students learn to play, read, write, appreciate and experience music on many levels.

Camberwell Primary School also offers extra-curricular electives in choir, guitar and piano.

What We Study:

From Foundation to Year 6, students study music theory, aural skills, musicianship, performance technique, composition, singing, rhythm reading and writing, and instrumental instruction (such as keyboard or ukulele).

Developing confidence is a major focus during our music lessons, and students are supported to experience and make music through their preferred learning styles, (i.e. visual, kinaesthetic, logical/mathematical etc). Lessons are differentiated and students are supported to learn and develop at their own pace.

Class Breakdown (2017):

Mme. Erin Davies (Performing Arts Lead)
Foundation (in French)
Year 1 (in English)
Half Year 2 (in English)
Half Year 3 (in English)
Year 5 (in English)

Mrs Emily McKenzie (Performing Arts/Choir)
Half Year 2 (in English)
Half Year 3 (in English)
Year 4 (in English)
Year 6 (in English)

For more information: Camberwell Primary School Performing Arts Blog

Physical Education

Camberwell Primary School Physical Education

At CPS we have a full time specialist PE teacher who runs our busy program of sports education, school-based events, interschool sports and students’ participation in sports district and regional level. Our sports program is as follows:

Foundation

Term 1 – Fundamental Motor Skills
Term 2 – Gymnastics, Jump Start Program
Term 3 – Athletics, Water Safety and Survival Skills
Term 4 – Fundamental Motor Skills

Clinics – Tennis (Hot Shots), Dance

Junior Year 1

Term 1 – Fundamental Motor Skills
Term 2 – Gymnastics, Jump Start Program
Term 3 – Athletics, Water Safety and Survival Skills
Term 4 – Fundamental Motor Skills

Clinics – Tennis (Hot Shots), Dance

Junior Year 2

Term 1 – Fundamental Motor Skills
Term 2 – Gymnastics, Jump Start Program
Term 3 – Athletics, Water Safety and Survival Skills
Term 4 – Fundamental Motor Skills

Clinics – Tennis (Hot Shots), Dance

Middle Year 3

Term 1 – Fundamental Motor Skills
Term 2 – Gymnastics, Jump Start Program
Term 3 – Athletics, Water Safety and Survival Skills
Term 4 – Play with Purpose Program

Clinics – School Time Yoga

Other Events –  Cross Country, Athletics Carnival and  Swimming Carnival

Middle Year 4

Term 1 – Fundamental Motor Skills
Term 2 – Gymnastics, Jump Start Program
Term 3 – Athletics, Water Safety and Survival Skills
Term 4 – Play with Purpose Program, Volleyball

Clinics – School Time Yoga

Other Events –  Cross Country, Athletics Carnival and  Swimming Carnival

Senior Year 5

Term 1 – Cricket, T-ball/Softball
Term 2 – Gymnastics
Term 3 – Athletics, Water Safety and Survival Skills
Term 4 – Sports Based Program, Volleyball

Electives – Various sports selected by students

Other Events –  Cross Country, Athletics Carnival and  Swimming Carnival

Senior Year 6

Term 1 – Cricket, Lacrosse
Term 2 – Gymnastics
Term 3 – Athletics, Water Safety and Survival Skills
Term 4 – Sports Based Program, Volleyball

Electives – Various sports selected by students

Other Events –  Cross Country, Athletics Carnival and  Swimming Carnival

Science

The Science program at Camberwell Primary School is taught in French from Year 1 to Year 6, and has its own dedicated Science teacher. Students at Camberwell Primary School complete 50 minutes of Science per week and students are assessed against the Victorian Curriculum Achievement Standards for Science. The Science Program is organised around four key learning areas, taught in term blocks: Biology; Chemistry; Physics; and Earth and Space Science.

At Camberwell Primary School, we are proud that the Science program provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes through a variety of investigations and experiments, following the scientific method of predicting, experimenting, observing and producing results.

The curriculum supports students in developing their scientific knowledge as well as their understanding of our culture, society and its relevance in our daily life. Students acquire the skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and may be inspired to follow science related careers.

Students will experience the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them. In doing this, they develop critical and creative thinking skills, challenging themselves to identify questions and drawing evidence based conclusions. The wider benefits of this “scientific literacy” are well established, including providing students the capability to investigate the natural world and changes made to it through human activity.

Finally, the use of ICT is embedded throughout the teaching and learning of Science, as students enjoy coding lessons, as well as the use of iPads and laptops in relation to their studies. Regarding cross-curriculum priorities, at Camberwell Primary School we integrate STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) activities as part of lessons, in order for students to further develop their engagement with the real world.

Visual Art

The Visual Arts program at Camberwell Primary School provides students with opportunities to explore a range of different art forms and within this, a vast array of different media, tools and processes.,

Each year we endeavour to include the following art forms in our program:

  • Mark making (often introduced first, as an alternative to drawing, in order to promote successful techniques and foster children’s confidence)
  • Drawing
  • Collage
  • Painting
  • Printing
  • Construction
  • Modelling
  • Textiles and threads

Each year level will explore these art forms differently, in response to their artistic stage of development:

  • Foundation Level – Units of work develop an awareness of identification and verbal description of art concepts.
  • Years 1 and 2 – There is a focus on change and contrast.
  • Years 3 and 4 – Units of work aim to consolidate skills learned. The focus is on the decoration and quality awareness of art concepts.
  • Years 5 and 6 – Units of work extend the quality, or aesthetics of art, and develop knowledge and skills gained for special effects in expression and communication.

The program aims to build children’s confidence in their own art ability so they will continue to use art for real expression. Elements such as line, shape, colour, texture, tone and space are discussed throughout the process of art making. We identify and use descriptors to build understanding of these elements, which develops arts language. Hence, art appreciation is also part of art sessions, where we respond to our own work, the work of our peers and adult art works.

As well as a concentration on exploring media, often units of work are driven by a focus on particular artists or movements. For example, a Year 2 painting unit may focus on Impressionism and the work of Claude Monet. This engages students through viewing various examples of the artist’s paintings; discussing the style, mood, technique, message, audience; and any other relevant factors. Students may then use the media to explore this technique before producing a piece of artwork that demonstrates an application of their skills and understandings.

All students are formally assessed using the Victorian Curriculum. The four different assessable areas include:

  • Exploration and expression of ideas
  • Visual arts practice
  • Presentation and performance
  • Response and interpretation