Learning at LBPS

The rural atmosphere, smaller student numbers and community involvement contribute to a relaxed and friendly learning environment in which students at all levels are able to receive individual attention and in which cross age interaction and leadership qualities are facilitated and develop freely.

LITERACY

Our literacy program is based on research-based teaching and learning approaches, striving to equip our students with the ability to access, analyse, create and enjoy literary texts. Using the Workshop Model, students participate in reading and writing sessions, incorporating mini-lessons, independent reading/writing time, individual and small group conferences with the teacher, as well as a reflection. In 2017 and 2018, staff have been trained to effectively implement Michelle Hutchison’s SMART Spelling approach.

Students participating in a ‘Reciprocal Reading’ discussion- talking about what we read is extremely valued at LBPS, as it helps with deeper understanding about what we have read
Using flipped learning to complete a task in preparation for a ‘Book Club’ meeting
Each student has their own book box, with self-selected ‘good fit’ books. Students have the opportunity to read independently daily. Here our Grade 3/4 students visited the Grade 1/2s to hear them read.

MATHEMATICS

Our mathematics program is also based on research-based approaches, incorporating challenging tasks, number fluency and the addressing of common mathematical misconceptions. Students are given opportunities to use their mathematical skills in real-world contexts. LBPS is a member of the Mathematical Association of Victoria and in 2018 has been working with a maths consultant to enhance the teaching and learning of mathematics at LBPS.

Working together to solve a challenging task to explore symmetry in a maths session
As part of a ‘financial literacy’ unit, students had to identify needs and wants, cost individual breakfast items, then decide on which items to order. The best part was getting to eat it!!!

SPECIALIST PROGRAMS

At LBPS, all students learn Indonesian as part of our weekly LOTE program.

LBPS is a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden School. Each week students have the opportunity to maintain the school’s vegetable garden and orchard, propagate new plants and cook a range of items in our well equipped kitchen area.

Physical Education is provided by our class teachers, providing students with the chance to develop their gross motor skills, specific skills for different team sports and preparation for inter school sport events.

               

Students participate in a weekly Visual Arts program, with many students receiving awards at the Swan Hill Regional Show in October.

Students in Years Three-Six participate in Design and Technology lessons, where they are required to design an object to meet a specific purpose. Problem-solving, cooperation and persistence are necessary skills in these sessions!

We are also serviced weekly by a staffed Mobile Reading van and fortnightly by the Swan Hill Regional Mobile library.

The school offers intervention for students who require it through a maths intervention program and a range of educational support services. We offer social, emotional, behavioural education through our BounceBack program and Restorative Behaviours Approach, with our Chaplain providing pastoral care and support programs.