Teaching children has been part of my life for the last 30 years and has been a most rewarding career. I have worked in many different schools all over the state and have found a special place here at Cassia Primary School. I love the Pilbara and its wider community. My family ties have been here since the 1950’s. I grew up visiting Port Hedland and Marble Bar where my grandparents, Uncles, Aunts and cousins lived.
Room 3 is a vibrant Pre-primary class. In Pre-primary we teach Literacy following Dianna Riggs program called PLD and we use Dandelion Readers and Talk 4 Writing. PLD, Dandelion Readers and Talk 4 Writing Units are explicit and systematic teaching programs covering phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and oral language skills. Children participate daily in fine motor and gross motor development activities inside and outside the classroom. Our ECE play area is intentionally set up to focus on the fundamental movement skills appropriate to younger children. In classrooms, teachers include fine motor activities such as playdough, tweezer activities and pre-writing tasks.
To teach Mathematics we are using the Prime Maths program using Explicit Direct instruction when introducing a new concept followed by hands on and manipulative activities to consolidate learning intentions. In Room 3 we use a balanced approach to explicit teaching and play based learning. Maths rotations will often include intentional play-based learning areas, craft activities, oral and written tasks.
Aligning with the EYLF we cater for the whole child at Cassia Primary School. All teachers have high expectations of children’s capabilities. We ensure that all children experience pride in their attempts and achievements. We plan and engage with children in a range of experiences where children are active participants and decision makers. All our teaching and learning experiences value and respond to children’s ideas and their learning is extended through open-ended questions, meaningful interactions and encouraging feedback.