Specialist Subjects

Specialist Subjects

Waikiki Primary School is fortunate to have dedicated specialist staff in the curriculum areas of:

 

Music: The Waikiki Primary School Music program is led by passionate music educator, Mrs Kate Cullinane. Students are exposed to a dynamic and rich West Australian Music Curriculum experience that is engaging and fun.

Students are encouraged to meet their creative and expressive potential by making music through singing, moving and playing classroom percussion instruments, ukulele and contemporary band instruments. Waikiki Primary School uses the Musical Futures approach across all year levels

Musical Futures is a learner-led approach to the teaching and learning of music that promotes innovation, creativity, inclusion, diversity and lots and lots of music-making. We lead the world in the development of accessible, engaging and relevant music programs

Students not only express themselves musically but respond to the music of others in various settings. Students draw upon their own cultural traditions and experiences to learn about those of others. Learning through the arts at Waikiki encourages students to understand themselves and the world around them in a meaningful and culturally respectful way with regular links to Rockingham’s and Australia’s indigenous heritage.

   

In addition to the classroom Music program, students have opportunities to participate in a range of selected programs including our Year 4 – 6 choir and Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) guitar lessons for selected students in Years 5 and 6. The choir meets weekly for rehearsals and performs at a range of school and community occasions such as ANZAC services, the Rockingham Combined Schools Music Festival, the WA Government Schools Music Society concerts and Music Count Us In. Guitar students receive weekly small group tuition and have a variety of performance opportunities. This opportunity follows guitarists through high school where students will enter ensembles and participate in band performances.

 

Physical Education: In term 3 Junior Years (P-3) are looking at the skill of throwing underarm and overarm with accuracy, in middle and upper years (4—6) we are practicing our ball striking through cricket. We will also be preparing for the cross country carnival through morning runners club and in Block Sport we are focusing on getting ourselves ready for the Term 4 faction carnival.

 

 

Science: At Waikiki Primary School, Science is taught as a specialist subject with children in Pre-Primary to Year 6 led by Paula Rodrigues teaching Years 4 to 6 and Lynne Moorman teaching Pre Primary to Year 3.

All students are exposed to a wide range of hands-on and engaging science activities in the purpose built, well resourced, Science Room for one hour per week.

In line with the West Australian Curriculum, Science is taught across three interrelated strands: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills.

In Term One the first topic involves introducing and developing all students Science Inquiry Skills, while also fostering an enjoyment of scientific investigation. In Lower school all students complete a range of hands on activities that will assist them to learn how to predict, conduct a fair test, gather and represent their data and communicate their findings. In Upper school, all students review how to scientifically plan an investigation, how to use a wide range of equipment to collect valid and accurate data, to present the data appropriately in tables and graphs and how to analyse the data to find the answer.

The Science Understanding strand is comprised of four sub-strands: Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Earth and Space Sciences.  Each Term, we focus our planning, teaching and assessment on one of the four sub-strands.

Waikiki Primary School is a part of the Peron North Science Network which consists of a group of committed primary school teachers from across the Rockingham area. They work together to plan for strong science outcomes and achievement across the network and meet each term.

Throughout the year students across the school are encouraged to participate in a number of different activities including Gardening Club, The Science Fair and Science Week, which gives them the opportunity to relate the Science they learn to their daily lives.

   

 

L.O.T.E: At Waikiki Primary School our specialist language program is Indonesian and is taught by our specialist language teacher, Ibu Marianne da Cruz. Students from Year 1 to Year 6 engage in Indonesian lessons for one hour per week using the KETAWA online Indonesian Language learning program produced by the Department of Education WA. The program is designed for students in Western Australia and is aligned to the Western Australian Languages – Indonesian curriculum.

The WA Languages – Indonesian curriculum allows our students to develop communication skills in the Indonesian language, an understanding of the role of language and culture in communication and a capability for reflection on language use and language learning.

 

Students learning a second language in primary school benefit from a deeper understanding of their first language plus an increase in memory and brain function. It also helps them to explore and recognise their own cultural identities as they come to understand those of the language being learnt. Learning a language enhances literacy skills, helps develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, fosters respect and understanding of other cultures and has been found to improve the overall performance at school. Learning to communicate in another language challenges children to discover more about how other people live, and opens their mind up to different cultures and ways of life

Students attend each of these specialist programs throughout each week.