Buxton Primary School provides a comprehensive coverage of the Victorian Curriculum with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy. Teachers and leaders recognise the role of continual improvement in teaching practice, so that all students can grow in their learning.
Individual Learning Goals
A powerful and highly successful part of our teaching and learning program at Buxton Primary School is that all students work on personalised learning goals for reading, writing and mathematics. These goals are identified based on students’ assessment data and student-teacher conferences. Students have a say in their next individual learning goals in consultation with their teacher. We celebrate their achievement of their goals individually and as a class. Students have achievable, meaningful goals that enable them to recognise and be proud of their achievements. They are not compared with other students but working at their own pace.
Our Pedagogical Model
This model underpins our approach to teaching and learning. We use this model in conjunction with evidenced-based High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) to maximise learning growth for all students.
Apart from daily home reading with a parent or guardian, we do not assign homework to students in Foundation – Year 3. Reading together at home for pleasure is crucial for supporting beginning readers and modelling a love of literacy. Students in Year 4 -6 are assigned one piece of Mathematics homework per week that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. This homework is assigned to help senior students begin to prepare for the organisational skills and work habits required in secondary school. Homework is optional, and parents/carers can decide if they want their child to participate.