Curriculum

Curriculum

Mudgee Public School is the happiest combination of a wonderful heritage school which prides itself on innovation. It seeks to be a lighthouse place of learning embracing current best practice in education.

At Mudgee Public School students are presented with a challenging curriculum and are encouraged to work to their potential. Our programs aim to create stimulating experiences in all Key Learning Areas and to develop strong independent learning skills.

The key learning areas of the Primary Curriculum are;

  • Maths
  • English
  • Human Society and its Environment
  • Science
  • PDHPE
  • Creative Arts

The school also offers other programs in;

  • Dance
  • Music
  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Public Speaking
  • Debating
  • Organised Sport
  • Technology

Early Stage 1

English

At the heart of all learning and an essential focus of Kindergarten is developing a student’s ability to read. Great attention is given to learning to read and write. Mudgee Public School uses Jolly Phonics in Kindergarten which integrates the teaching of listening, speaking, writing, reading and comprehension. The multi-sensory method has proven to be highly successful in learning decoding and encoding skills so that students go on to be competent and confident readers.
Jolly Phonics provides the opportunity to extend capable learners and supports those needing extra help to develop early literacy. 
Teachers understand the value of ‘real reading’ and a literature based focus is an important component of the daily literacy sessions. The school has been steadily developing their resource base of high quality books for classroom and home use.
The use of Interactive Whiteboards in all Kindergarten classrooms complements
the development of literacy in a challenging and motivating manner.

Mathematics

Developing a strong foundation in mathematics is a key focus of Kindergarten teachers. The school participates in “Best Start” whereby an individual’s strengths and weaknesses are assessed at school entry. This informs the teaching of mathematics in Early Stage 1.

As well as following the individual strands of the NSW Maths syllabus, Kindergarten children at Mudgee Public School are involved in a range of maths activities.
In the area of number a daily program of ‘Count Me in Too’ is in progress. Activities can be whole group, small group or individually based. 
The program is supported by a text book which complements the explicit and systematic teaching of mathematics.

Connected Outcomes Groups

COGs is a system of programming that allows teachers to link the learning outcomes between the different Key Learning Areas. 
Teachers with the assistance of the Department of Education have developed units of work that are well structured lesson sequences that combine Learning Outcomes from Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), Science,  Creative and Practical Arts and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

Focus Areas

 

Kindergarten

Term 1
Our Place

Term 2
Health Choices, Me

Term 3
Our Needs, Moving

Term 4
Changes

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

The school actively promotes physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. It aims to develop skills in movement, co-ordination and physical activity.
Children are taught fundamental movement skills, dance, modified games and a large variety of other sporting skills.

In Kindergarten
, students participate in fitness lessons within their classes.  K-2 classes participate in sport sessions promoting a wide range of modified games with an emphasis on full participation, skills development and enjoyment. These modified games include; cricket, touch football, athletics, softball and ball games.
For the last two years students from Mudgee High School’s child studies course have assisted Kindergarten with Sport, developing students’  fitness and skills in weekly sessions, supervised by Kindergarten and High School teachers. This has been a popular and worthwhile innovation.

Creative and Practical Arts

Art is a visual language through which aspects of our world can be understood. Our program comprises the processes of making and appreciating artworks and images so students are encouraged to perceive, respond, manipulate, organise and appreciate.

Artwork completed by students in Kindergarten is on constant exhibition so very young students are able to see the development of skills with greater immediacy. Their work is displayed in classrooms, and general areas of the School. Students’ work is exhibited in community art exhibitions and competitions and the Mudgee Show.

Music is an enjoyable part of the Early Stage One curriculum. Rhymes, simple and more complex songs enhance learning and teach children about beat, rhythm and melody. Singing to piano accompaniment is a feature of our weekly singing sessions and assemblies.

In the area of the Dramatic Arts each class is involved in an annual themed performance involving, singing, dance and drama.

Stage 1

English

Mudgee Public School uses Jolly Grammar in Years 1-2 as the basis of the spelling and grammar program extending the phonics program offered in Kindergarten. 
Several teachers have received extensive professional development in accelerated Literacy training (Reading To Learn) and this is an important component of daily literacy sessions. The school has been steadily developing their resource base of high quality books for classroom and home use to cater for a range of abilities.

Support programs include;

  • Reading Recovery
  • Support Teacher Learning
  • Teachers' aides for individual and small group support
  • Buddy reading with primary classes
  • Community and parent volunteers
  • Home reading reward schemes

The use of Interactive Whiteboards in all Stage One classrooms complements the development of literacy in a challenging and motivating manner.

Mathematics

Developing a strong foundation in mathematics is a key focus of Stage One teachers. 
As well as following the individual strands of the NSW Maths syllabus, children at Mudgee Public School are involved in a range of maths activities.
In the area of number a daily program of ‘Count Me in Too’ is in progress. Activities can be whole group, small group or individually based. 
The program is supported by a text book which complements the explicit and systematic teaching of mathematics.

Connected Outcomes Groups

COGs is a system of programming that allows teachers to link the learning outcomes between the different Key Learning Areas.

Teachers with the assistance of the Department of Education have developed units of work that are well structured lesson sequences that combine Learning Outcomes from Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), Science,  Creative and Practical Arts and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

Stage 1 Focus Areas

 

Year One

Term 1
Local Places

Term 2
Our Families

Term 3
Products and Services

Term 4
Understanding Ourselves


Year Two

Term 1
Growing and Changing

Term 2
Getting Along

Term 3
Our Stories

Term 4
Powering One

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The school actively promotes physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. It aims to develop skills in movement, co-ordination and physical activity.
Children are taught fundamental movement skills, dance, modified games and a large variety of other sporting skills.

In Kindergarten, Years 1 and 2, students participate in fitness lessons within their classes.  K-2 classes participate in sport sessions promoting a wide range of modified games with an emphasis on full participation, skills development and enjoyment. These modified games include; cricket, touch football, athletics, softball and ball games.
Students who are turning 8 years old in the calendar year are invited to participate in school sporting carnivals for athletics, swimming and Cross Country.
Non swimmers and weak swimmers are invited to participate in two weeks of daily swimming lessons in December with trained instructors from the staff and community.

Creative and Practical Arts

Art is a visual language through which aspects of our world can be understood. Our program comprises the processes of making and appreciating artworks and images so students are encouraged to perceive, respond, manipulate, organise and appreciate.

Artwork completed by students in Stage One is on constant exhibition so very young students are able to see the development of skills with greater immediacy. Their work is displayed in classrooms, and general areas of the School. Students’ work is exhibited in community art exhibitions and competitions and the Mudgee Show.

Music is an enjoyable part of the Stage One curriculum. Rhymes, simple and more complex songs enhance learning and teach children about beat, rhythm and melody. Singing to piano accompaniment is a feature of our weekly singing sessions and assemblies. Students in Year One and Two who are interested have the opportunity to sing in the Infants Choir and participate in community events (eg Relay for Life, Singing at Kanandah Aged Persons Hostel)  and participate in Eisteddfods.

In the area of the Dramatic Arts each class is involved in an annual themed performance involving, singing, dance and drama.

 

Stage 2

English

From Years 3-4 extension activities include: Public Speaking, Debating, Gifted and Talented groupings, University English, Writing and Spelling Competitions. The school is committed to an accelerated literacy approach and is steadily training teachers in Reading to Learn, with University of Sydney Professor David Rose. 
We are very proud of the results of our students’ achievements across a range of assessments. Students are regularly benchmarked by their teachers to ascertain strengths, weaknesses and their reading level.
Results in NAPLAN testing in Years 3 and 5, are as a rule above state average in developing students’ growth in literacy.

Support programs include;

  • Support Teacher Learning
  • Teachers' aides for individual and small group support
  • Buddy reading
  • Community and parent volunteers
  • Home reading reward schemes

The use of Interactive Whiteboards in all Stage Two classrooms complements the development of literacy in a challenging and motivating manner.

Mathematics

As well as following the individual strands of the NSW Maths syllabus, Stage Two children at MPS are involved in the following maths activities.Students are continually assessed for their strengths and weaknesses. All levels of maths are catered for as additional Support learning teachers and aides are employed to reduce group sizes and focus on the needs of students. Reduced class sizes in mathematics enhance enrichment opportunities for those students who are capable mathematicians.
The Primary maths program is supported by a text book which complements the explicit and systematic teaching of mathematics.
Students are encouraged to participate in state wide competitions.
Results in NAPLAN testing in Years 3 and 5, are as a rule above state average in developing students’ growth in mathematics.

Connected Outcomes Groups

COGs is a system of programming that allows teachers to link the learning outcomes between the different Key Learning Areas. 
Teachers with the assistance of the Department of Education have developed units of work that are well structured lesson sequences that combine learning outcomes from Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), Science,  Creative and Practical Arts and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

Stage 2 Focus Areas

 

Year Three

Term 1
Local Environments

Term 2
Being Australian

Term 3
Products, Services and Systems

Term 4
Understanding Each Other


Year Four

Term 1
Effects of Growth and Change

Term 2
Working Together

Term 3
Our Fleeting Past

Term 4
Machines

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

The school actively promotes physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. It aims to develop skills in movement, co-ordination and physical activity.
Children are taught fundamental movement skills, dance, games and a large variety of other sporting skills.

In Years 3-6 students participate in fitness lessons and skills lessons with their class teachers.
During school sport each child selects from a variety of sports taken by staff ranging from aerobics ,dance, softball, soccer, volleyball, cricket, basketball, tennis, netball, rugby league and union, Aussie rules, etc. All of these activities are designed to increase students’ abilities in hand eye co-ordination, ball skills, fitness, sporting techniques etc.

Sports Carnivals

All children over 8 years old at Mudgee Public School are allocated to a House Team.

These House Teams are: 
• Perry (Blue), 
• Denison (Green) 
• Douro (Red) 
• Gladstone (Yellow). 

Students participate in several carnivals throughout the year.

These include: 
• The Swimming Carnival in Term 1
• Cross Country in Term 2
• Athletics Carnival in Term 2 
• Ball Games Carnival in Term 3/4.

Students gaining a high place in the Swimming, Cross Country or Athletics Carnivals have the opportunity to represent Mudgee Public School at the Zone Carnival for that respective sport.
At Mudgee Public School we encourage each child to do their best and represent their school with dignity and sportsmanship. Mudgee Public School has a proud tradition of high achievement in all of these areas.

P.S.S.A. Sport

Mudgee Public School is part of the Primary Schools Sports Association and we compete against schools in the Cudgegong Zone.
Children who are interested in trialling for a number of different sports have the opportunity to be selected into our school sporting teams to compete in the PSSA competition or other carnivals or events which arise. These sports include; basketball, cricket, soccer, tennis, softball, netball, rugby union and rugby league.
Mudgee Public School fields competitive and enthusiastic teams in all these codes every year. Parent assistance is welcome.
The school also sends selected teams to participate in special Gala Days which occur throughout the year.

These include:

• A.F.L.- Paul Kelly Cup . 
• Cricket- CLC Seven a Side competition.
• A.R.L. -Touch Football Gala Day.

From time to time the school is approached by various sporting codes to run clinics with the children. If appropriate within the school program this is allowed to occur.
Non swimmers and weak swimmers are invited to participate in two weeks of daily swimming lessons in December with trained instructors from the staff and community.

Creative and Practical Arts

Art is a visual language through which aspects of our world can be understood. Our program comprises the processes of making and appreciating artworks and images so students are encouraged to perceive, respond, manipulate, organise and appreciate.

Artwork completed by students in Stage Two is on constant exhibition so students are able to see the development of skills with greater immediacy. Their work is displayed in classrooms, and general areas of the School. Students’ work is exhibited in community art exhibitions and competitions and the Mudgee Show.

Music is an enjoyable part of the Stage Two curriculum. Students in Year 3 and 4 who are interested have the opportunity to sing in the Junior Choir and participate in community events and in Eisteddfods. Participation in our School Band is available to all interested students and is mentioned in greater detail elsewhere in this Web site.

In the area of the Dramatic Arts each class is involved in an annual themed performance involving, singing, dance and drama.

Stage 3

English

In Years 5-6 extension activities include: Public Speaking, Debating, Gifted and Talented groupings, University English, Writing and Spelling Competitions. The school is committed to an accelerated literacy approach and is steadily training teachers in Reading to Learn, with University of Sydney Professor David Rose. 
We are very proud of the results of our students’ achievements across a range of assessments. Students are regularly benchmarked by their teachers to ascertain strengths, weaknesses and their reading level.
Support programs include;

  • Support Teacher Learning
  • Teachers' aides for individual and small group support
  • Buddy reading
  • Community and parent volunteers
  • Home reading reward schemes

The use of Interactive Whiteboards in all Stage Three classrooms complements the development of literacy in a challenging and motivating manner.

Mathematics

The individual strands of the NSW Maths syllabus are taught and Stage Three children at Mudgee Public School are involved in the following maths activities.
Students are continually assessed for their strengths and weaknesses. All levels of maths are catered for as additional Support learning teachers and aides are employed to reduce group sizes and focus on the needs of students. Reduced class sizes in mathematics enhance enrichment opportunities for those students who are capable mathematicians.
The Primary maths program is supported by a text book which complements the explicit and systematic teaching of mathematics.
Students are encouraged to participate in state wide competitions.
Our strong partnership with Mudgee High School sees Stage Three students benefit from lessons with visiting Stage Four teachers and resources.

 Connected Outcomes Groups

COGs is a system of programming that allows teachers to link the learning outcomes between the different Key Learning Areas. 
Teachers with the assistance of the Department of Education have developed units of work that are well structured lesson sequences that combine Learning Outcomes from Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), Science,  Creative and Practical Arts and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

Stage 3 Focus Areas

 

Year 5

Term 1
Living Land

Term2
Identity

Term 3
Global and Social Issues

Term 4
Symbol Systems


Year Six

Term 1
Interconnecting Growth and Change

Term 2
Making Informed Changes

Term 3
Traditions and Heritage

Term 4
Physical Phenomenom

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

The school actively promotes physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. It aims to develop skills in movement, co-ordination and physical activity.
Children are taught fundamental movement skills, dance, games and a large variety of other sporting skills.

In Years 3-6 students participate in fitness lessons and skills lessons with their class teachers.
During school sport each child selects from a variety of sports taken by staff ranging from aerobics ,dance, softball, soccer, volleyball, cricket, basketball, tennis, netball, rugby league and union, Aussie rules, etc. All of these activities are designed to increase students’ abilities in hand eye co-ordination, ball skills, fitness, sporting techniques etc.

Sports Carnivals

All children over 8 years old at Mudgee Public School are allocated to a House Team. 
These House Teams are:

• Perry (Blue), 
• Denison (Green) 
• Douro (Red) 
• Gladstone (Yellow). 

Students participate in several carnivals throughout the year. These include: 

• Swimming Carnival in Term 1
• Cross Country in Term 2
• Athletics Carnival in Term 2 
• Ball Games Carnival in Term 3/4.

Students gaining a high place in the Swimming, Cross Country or Athletics Carnivals have the opportunity to represent Mudgee Public School at the Zone Carnival for that respective sport.
At Mudgee Public School we encourage each child to do their best and represent their school with dignity and sportsmanship. Mudgee Public School has a proud tradition of high achievement in all of these areas.

P.S.S.A. Sport

Mudgee Public School is part of the Primary Schools Sports Association and we compete against schools in the Cudgegong Zone.
Children who are interested in trialling for a number of different sports have the opportunity to be selected into our school sporting teams to compete in the PSSA competition or other carnivals or events which arise. These sports include; basketball, cricket, soccer, tennis, softball, netball, rugby union and rugby league.
Mudgee Public School fields competitive and enthusiastic teams in all these codes every year. Parent assistance is welcome.
The school also sends selected teams to participate in special Gala Days which occur throughout the year. 

These include:
• A.F.L.- Paul Kelly Cup . 
• Cricket- CLC Seven a Side competition.
• A.R.L. -Touch Football Gala Day.

From time to time the school is approached by various sporting codes to run clinics with the children. If appropriate within the school program this is allowed to occur.
Non swimmers and weak swimmers are invited to participate in two weeks of daily swimming lessons in December with trained instructors from the staff and community.

Creative and Practical Arts

Art is a visual language through which aspects of our world can be understood. Our program comprises the processes of making and appreciating artworks and images so students are encouraged to perceive, respond, manipulate, organise and appreciate.

Artwork completed by students in Stage Three is on constant exhibition so students are able to see the development of skills with greater immediacy. Their work is displayed in classrooms, and general areas of the School. Students’ work is exhibited in community art exhibitions and competitions and the Mudgee Show. 
Students with a strong interest in Creative and Practical Arts may attend an annual camp at Burrendong with expert personnel from Department of Education and Training and artists within the community.

Music is an enjoyable part of the Stage Three curriculum. Students in Year 5 and 6 who are interested have the opportunity to sing in the Senior Choir and participate in community events and in Eisteddfods. Participation in our School Band is available to all interested students and is mentioned in greater detail elsewhere in this Web site.

In the area of the Dramatic Arts each class is involved in an annual themed performance involving, singing, dance and drama.

 

English Second Language

ESL students are always welcome at Mudgee Public School. When families arrive from another country they are encouraged to enrol their children in the public schools. This is sometimes done with the use of an interpreter. The school then applies for funding to aid the children to learn English. An individual programme is set up in consultation with the class teacher and the funding is gradually decreased as the children assimilate into the Australian system. It is always lovely to learn about other cultures and to use their knowledge within the classrooms.

Special Education

Mudgee Public School is widely held in high regard for the quality of opportunities it provides students with disabilities.

The school boasts a comprehensive Special Education Unit with experienced professionals who are caring and supportive. 

There are four individual classes ranging in class sizes from five to eighteen students. All classes have full time teachers’ aides to assist with the implementation of curriculum to students.

Staff ensure the needs of all students are met by working in conjunction with outside agencies.Students have access to Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists through agencies including: Department of Aging, Disabilities and Home Care, Royal Far West Children’s Hospital, Go Ahead Therapy and The Spastic Centre of NSW etc.

Itinerant support teachers in Vision, Hearing and Behaviour are also accessed on behalf of the students and their families.

Each class is equipped with up to the minute technology to assist teaching and learning programs. All classes have computers and Interactive Whiteboards.

A sensory learning area and gross motor room are well equipped to extend the potential of our students. A range of fun activities occur regularly in the ball pool, on mini trampolines, climbing equipment and tactile sound and light boards.

Students participate in a wide range of activities both within the school and the community. Students are placed in mainstream home classes where appropriate, for integration with their age group and attend excursions, participate in the School Swimming Scheme, Stage Performances, Riding for the Disabled and the Gulgong Eisteddfod.

Our Special Education students are a much valued and integral part of our school.