School-Wide Positive Behaviour System (SWPBS) is an evidence-based framework for responding to and reinforcing positive student behaviours. It aims to create a positive school climate, a culture of student self-regulation and an open, responsive management system for all school community members. It includes analysis of behavioural and responsive data and implementation of evidence based instructional and corrective practices. SWPBS also supports the development of organisational systems for establishing safe, purposeful and inclusive school and classroom learning environments, while providing individual behaviour and learning supports needed for all students to achieve academic and social success. (http://www.education.vic.gov.au/).
Expected behaviours at Epping Views Primary School are based on our values. A matrix has been developed by the school of expected behaviours for different locations across the school in relation to these values.This document is displayed in areas across the school. The matrix is being applied across the school and the expectations are being explicitly taught to students through a structured SWPBS program.
An important aspect of SWPBS is consistency in response to student behaviour. The EVPS response documents ensure that students’ behaviour is being responded to in a systematic way enabling the establishment of a safe and predictable learning environment. It is a whole school approach to behaviour management which recognises students for demonstrating the expected behaviours on our matrix and catching students ‘doing it right’. Acknowledgements include: verbal praise, visual acknowledgements (eg thumbs up) house points and Caught You Cards.
The Victorian Government is implementing Respectful Relationships across Victorian schools and early childhood services. Respectful Relationships supports schools to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours. It teaches our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence and complements and strengthens SWPBS at EVPS.
Respectful Relationships is a whole school approach, detailed in the diagram below. Teachers at Epping Views Primary School utilise the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships learning materials, which further strengthen the teaching of our school values as they promote social and emotional skills along with positive norms in children and young people.
To read more about the Respectful Relationships program please visit http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/Pages/respectfulrelationships.aspx
PREP – YEAR 2
Our Junior School (P-2) provides a supportive and caring environment in which children develop socially, emotionally and intellectually.
The Junior School teachers foster students’ intellectual and emotional development with a differentiated, explicit and extensive educational program. Individual differences in learning are catered to and each student’s potential is nurtured and developed.
The Junior School provides a firm grounding in Literacy, Numeracy and cross curricular learning opportunities. The curriculum is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for all learners. It provides opportunities for students to build meaning through both an explicit and inquiry approach to teaching and learning.
The Junior School creates a love of learning, the skills of independence and initiative to carry students through life and become truly educated people.
The Junior School classroom teachers specialise in the needs of young students from Prep to Year 2. Academic achievement and emotional and social development are all important aspect of student progress. Staff utilise opportunities to encourage and support the students to take action and make a genuine difference in the world.
Students are supported and extended in a variety of ways within the classroom. Literacy and Numeracy are recognised as the key foundations of learning.
In Years 3 and 4, students become more independent; they communicate with others more effectively. English and Mathematics continue to be a priority, and literacy and numeracy are developed across all learning areas. Literacy will remain a high priority in the grade 3 and 4 curriculum but will move away from ‘learning to read and write’ towards ‘reading and writing to learn’.
Children in Years 3 and 4 will be exploring the curriculum as they prepare to learn, live and work in the 21st century. The intention of the curriculum is to develop successful learners, confident and creative individuals and the fostering of motivated, active and informed young people who are ready to take their place in society.
Students in year 3 will be introduced to the NAPLAN tests for the first time. Although these can often be a source of stress for parents and students, they are intended as a ‘snapshot’ that will inform curriculum planning and distribution of resources.
Year5/6 Education at Epping Views Primary School forms a transition between childhood and young adolescence, where students begin to develop creative and critical thinking skills, learn how to use their strengths and make connections in their learning. Through challenging learning experiences, students are given opportunities to engage in rigorous curriculum and cultivate resilience.
Our Yearv5/6 teachers are experienced and dedicated educators who have a deep understanding of early adolescence and Middle School curriculum.
Wellbeing in Year 5/6 aims to enhance student wellbeing through explicit instruction as well as school-wide events and programs. Students learn about emotional regulation, positive coping and growth mindset thinking. These skills will assist in students reaching their full potential and attain their goals as they move into Secondary Education.