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:

The Waikiki Sports Program is led by Mrs Lauren Robson. Students are encouraged to develop skills and strategies in a range of activities and games.

Our Junior Program (PP-Yr 3) focuses on the engagement in and enjoyment of regular movement-based learning experiences. Our students have the opportunity to learn fundamental movement skills including running, jumping, balancing, rolling, leaping, dodging, skipping, bouncing, throwing, catching, kicking and striking. Students are then encouraged to further develop these skills whilst they identify rules and fair play when participating in a range of competitive and non-competitive physical activities.

Our Senior Program (Yr 4-6) further develop their fundamental movement skills in a range of specialised games and sports. This provides the opportunity to participate positively in groups and teams, encouraging others and negotiate roles. Students develop their game sense by applying critical and creative thinking processes in order to demonstrate ethical behaviour and fair play that aligns with rules.

Extra Physical Education Programs at Waikiki include:

  • Before school clubs
  • Annual swimming lessons
  • Friday Sports for Years 3-6
  • Athletics Faction Carnival
  • Faction Cross Country

In addition to the classroom sports programs Waikiki Primary School is a member of the Rockingham Area School Sport Association (RASSA). This allows our students the opportunity to compete against other schools in a variety of sports. The Association organises inter-school sport competitions each term including:

  • Summer Carnival (Soccer, Netball, European Handball)
  • Interschool Cross Country at Lark Hill
  • Winter Carnival (Basketball, AFL and Volleyball)
  • Spring Carnival (Cricket, T-ball, Flag Belt)
  • Interschool Athletics Carnival at Hourglass Reserve

 

Science:

At Waikiki Primary School, Science is taught as a specialist subject with children in kindergarten to Year 6 led by Danielle Kovac.

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.

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.

Throughout the whole year Science Inquiry Skills are explicitly taught using the Waikiki approach, 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.

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 2 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.

Visual Arts:

The Waikiki Primary School Art program is led by Mrs Karen Coetzer with students in Year 1 to Year 6.  Students are encouraged and supported to explore and experiment with shape, colour, line, space and texture to create their masterpieces.  Success is enriched by providing time for practice on whiteboards before students attempt their final version of their work.  In line with the West Australian Curriculum, Visual Arts is taught across two strands: Making and Responding.

This semester in Visual Arts, the Year 1 students will develop their artistic skills through experimentation with geometric shapes, mixing primary colours to create secondary colours, and background and foreground space on their artwork.

The Year 2 students will learn about simple tessellating shapes, warm and cool colours, and horizon lines to create depth.  They will then use this knowledge to create amazing pictures, and be encouraged to consider how they will display their work.

In Year 3, students will develop artistic processes and techniques to explore visual conventions, such as simple perspective, and tints and shades.  They will explore artwork from other cultures, such as symbols of Asian cultures. Then students will use composite shapes to decorate their Chinese New Year dragons.

Students in Year 4 will explore artwork from varying times and cultures that represent different styles, such as abstract and realistic.  They will develop skills to understand and apply diminishing perspective, mixing shades, and monochromatic colours that present a message to an audience.

The Year 5 and Year 6 students will explore the influences of other artists, processes and different materials to enhance their own artwork.  They will also look at different approaches used by various artists to communicate ideas, beliefs and opinions.  Students will learn to use concave and convex shapes, texture, shading and expressive colours to present ideas, feelings and opinions in their artwork.