Oral language development and fluency is the basis of all literacy achievement. We believe experiential learning and regular classroom programmes that are challenging, supported by home, are language rich and have high relevance for young learners are extremely important. We are achieving very well in literacy. Writing becomes our literacy focus in 2015 as we look to strengthen what work has been done. The staff have had extensive professional development during 2010 / 2011 and we expect to consolidate the gains made and continue to build the repertoire of opportunities for highly motivational learning that the students currently have. Our Learning Change network, a consortium of 7 local schools, crossing all sectors of education will focus professional energy on growing the writing competence of all our teachers and learners so that educational achievement in this critical area is extended and deepened through 2015 and beyond.
All Fruitvale teachers are Numeracy trained. Children study Maths every day in class and are tested regularly to ensure we understand their progress and what needs to be done next. Numeracy is highly equipment and language based, particularly at primary school. We ensure all classrooms have access to all the equipment they need when they need it.
Rigorous systems ensure that progress is maintained and that those falling behind are picked up and supported. We expect children to reach National Standards and most do. You can help at home by introducing mathematical concepts into your conversation in your home languages.
Whether at the shops or setting the table or doing the bills for the month, there are extensive daily opportunities to encourage mathematical thinking. We hold at least one community evening a year as an opportunity for parents to come in and understand how they can support their child's learning of the math curriculum.
'Give a family fish they will eat for the day, teach a family to fish and they will eat forever'
We believe that if we can connect the learning children need to acquire, to the skills for acquiring it, they will be able to feed themselves into the future. Our Inquiry’s are planned across the school each term. They culminate in a celebration that each term reflects uniquely the focus of the Inquiry.
Most often the community is invited to these 'Celebrations of Learning' and they are a lot of fun for the students as well as a chance to show off what has been studied for the period. Look out for the dates for these celebrations in the newsletters, on Facebook and on the community calendar. If you have downloaded the school APP you will be invited via this means and of course dates and times can be accessed on this site.