Our School - Primary Years



YEARS  3-5


At Para Vista the Primary Years  create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the Year 3-5 year level range. The curriculum is trans-disciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas.

In Years 3 to 5, students become more independent; they communicate with others more effectively and they begin to develop an ability to take positive actions for their wellbeing. In these years teachers seek to build the level of participation and intrinsic interest that a student shows in school. The engagement in schoolwork involves both behaviours (such as persistence, effort, attention) and attitudes (such as motivation, positive learning values, enthusiasm, interest, pride in success). The students seek out activities, inside and outside the classroom, that lead to success or learning. They also display curiosity, a desire to know more and positive emotional responses to learning and school.

At Para Vista the Primary Years seeks to prepare students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom. There is a focus on the provision of a rigorous curriculum which strives to assist students to make connections between their experiences, environments both natural and physical, and their learning. This supports children to develop enduring understandings and to be solution focused so that they can construct and apply meaning from the taught curriculum.

Through Play is the Way (behaviour education), Neuroscience ( the study of how the brain works), the outcomes from the Australian Curriculum and targets from the  Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians the Primary Years strive to develop -

Successful learners:

  • Strive to be the best learner that they can be
  • Have the essential skills in literacy and numeracy
  • Are creative and productive users of technology, especially ICT, as a foundation for success in all learning areas
  • Are creative, innovative and resourceful, and are able to solve problems in ways that draw upon a range of learning areas and disciplines
  • Are able to plan activities independently, collaborate, work in teams and communicate ideas
  • Are able to make sense of their world and think about how things have become the way they are

Confident and creative individuals:

  • Have a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity that enables them to manage their emotional, mental and physical wellbeing
  • Have a sense of optimism about their lives and the future
  • Are enterprising, show initiative and use their creative abilities
  • Develop personal values and attributes such as honesty, courage, ,resilience, empathy and respect for others
  • Relate well to others and form and maintain healthy relationships.