Our Programs - MIDDLE SCHOOL

The Middle Team consists of Mrs Julie Minarelli, Miss Lee Cousipetcos, Mr Patrick FitzGerald, Mrs Gabby Nicholls, Miss Ashleigh Hamilton, Miss Tessa Baker, Miss Morgan Smith and Mrs Lily Strnak. Middle School students at Yarrambat are involved in a range of activities that are designed to engage, challenge and motivate. Across 7 grades, we follow an integrated and differentiated program that stimulates creativity and curiosity while continuing to build upon key literacy, numeracy and personal development skills relevant to the Victorian Curriculum standards. Grade 3/4 students are encouraged to become more responsible for their learning, working towards developing a range of strategies and goals to help them achieve success and monitor their individual progress. As students work towards becoming independent learners, they are encouraged to develop good study habits and organisational skills. The Middle School learning environment runs across 7 classrooms that incorporate flexible learning spaces. These spaces have been utilised to cater for a wide range of learning styles, allowing each student to work to the best of their ability. To stay in touch with what we're up to log on to your child's SeeSaw account.


English consists of three components: Reading and Viewing, Writing and Speaking and Listening.

In Reading, the students work in groups during instructional and independent work activities covering a range of genres, both fiction and non-fiction. Students follow the CAF? model of reading, focusing on comprehension, accuracy, fluency and expanding vocabulary. The skills of how to select an I-PICK book are explicitly taught so that students can identify which books are the best choice for them to read. Texts used include books as well as magazine articles and material drawn from the internet. The students are encouraged to expand their understanding of the text and to draw out the meaning within the text. Fluent and expressive reading continues to be highlighted as is a strong comprehension of what they have read.The STARS Reading Comprehension programme is being introduced across all seven classes this year. The 12 individual reading comprehension strategies are explicitly taught and students work through differentiated text and comprehension questions to develop the strategies, to enhance their comprehension skills at their own level.

In Middle School teachers teach the structure of different text types and also use VCOP skills and strategies to teach Writing. Writing is taught through whole class focuses addressing components of the processes in writing: planning, completing a draft, proof reading and editing for sense, spelling and grammar. Drafts may be polished and published for a particular audience either by hand or on the computer. Well-presented legible handwriting is an important acquisition and handwriting sessions are taken throughout the year. The students are encouraged to focus on developing correct letter formation, spacing and positioning, and to maintain a consistent neatness. The joining of letters is introduced in Middle School and the students work enthusiastically towards gaining their pen licence.

Speaking and Listening is an important part of English and there are daily opportunities for children to develop their skills when listening to teachers and peers. Using a confident voice, organising thoughts and speaking publicly are three important skills that are promoted.

The Middle School Mathematics program includes the Victorian Curriculum mathematical strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. Staff collaboratively plan activities that are related towards real life situations and are based around engaging topics and current events. Units of work incorporate a combination of different strands and make use of hands on materials that can be manipulated wherever possible.

Open-ended tasks and on-going projects play a large role in the way our students learn, with tasks having various entry and exit point dependent on student ability. The lessons incorporate whole class instruction, small group teacher directed learning and independent work.

Maths 300, Mathletics, various interactive screen activities and iPad applications are also incorporated into the program to cater for individuals within classrooms and to offer a hands on engaging learning environment.

Discovery and Inquiry Learning
Inquiry Learning is dependent upon all areas of the curriculum. The skills students learn include how to recognise and define problems, to make observations, to organise information and to draw conclusions, we will also endeavour to share our knowledge with the local community and take some social action. The Inquiry lessons are directed by the student?s wonderings, they ask their own questions and we facilitate and support them to find the answers.

Personal Development
The Personal Development Program at Yarrambat Primary School is a highly valued program that gives children the opportunity to make Personal and Social developments. The Middle School Personal Development program aims to develop healthy, positive and resilient individuals. We have an expectation that students strive towards behaviour as outlined in our school values. Students participate in a weekly session of Personal Development where they continue to develop good social skills including the use of conflict resolution, respectful relationships and rejection of bullying. The Life Education Van visits in Term 3 to complement the program.

Specialist Programs
Students participate in a range of Specialist programs that include Visual Arts, Performing Arts, LOTE (Italian) and Physical Education. Each program is covered by Specialist teachers who take the students for an hour weekly. Performing Arts and Visual Arts are offered on an alternate semester basis to ensure all areas of the Victoria Curriculum are covered.

Information Technology
Students have access to laptops and iPads during class time. Each Middle School class has the availability 13 ? 26 laptops which are exclusively for use of Middle School classes and a number of IPads across the area. Each Middle School classroom has an Interactive TV that is used daily to engage the students and support their learning. Middle School teachers involve ICT use in all areas of their curriculum planning. In addition to this, students will have an hour a week of explicit ICT teaching to develop their skills.

Students will have the opportunity to borrow books from the school library on a regular basis. We encourage students to have a library bag, so that these assets can be enjoyed by many other students in years to come.


All Middle School teachers are available to discuss any concerns at a pre-arranged, mutually convenient time.