At Bradshaw... we have a strong emphasis on programmes that build English literacy from an early age.
Across the school, the Sheena Cameron resources underpin our practices in reading and writing. The super 10 Reading strategies are explicitly taught. Students reading progress is tested each term using the Fountas and Pinnell. The Soundwaves program is the basis for teaching spelling.
In Early Childhood classes, the English program is supported by Early Literacy and Language, Read Write Inc and Sound and Letter recognition.
In addition to the implementation of the Australian English curriculum, the following primary intervention programmes continue to build student English literacy:
- Reading Support Groups
- Levelled Literacy Intervention
At Bradshaw... we use a variety of programs in the teaching of mathematics. "Top Ten" is our framework to engage in hands on learning, to promote efficient maths strategies. "Top Ten" is supported by the existing programs; Resolve, Maths 300, Envision and Mathletics.
Across the school, we focus on Basic Number Facts and maths fluency.
Students complete a number fluency assessment to gain a clear understanding of their mental strategies in counting, numeration, addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. This informs their next learning steps.
“The learning makes Bradshaw the best. I’ve learnt a lot in writing.”
- Year 6 student
IT is a learning tool. Students at Bradshaw have access to desktop computers, laptop computers and iPads. Students from preschool to Year 2 use iPads as part of reading and maths group rotations and to create artefacts to demonstrate understanding.
Students have a subscription to the following learning programs - Reading Eggs, Typing Tournament and Mathletics account. The software is accessible from home computers using students unique username and password - these are available from the class teacher.
Students use the computer lab on a weekly basis for personal learning, research, learning programs and digital technology.
Technologies covers Design and Technologies and Digital Technology.
Design and Technologies - students use design thinking and technologies to investigate, plan, manage, create and evaluate solutions to everyday problems.
Students apply their knowledge and practical skills and processes to find innovative solutions both independently and as part of a group.
Year 2 students were challenged to design and construct a bag from recycled or upcycled materials to serve an identified purpose.
Digital Technology - Students today are born into a digital world and are technologically literate by the time they start school. Technology is a tool which optimises learning outcomes and empowers students to create, connect and investigate.
At Bradshaw, students use coding programs Scratch and Scratch Jnr to investigate, create and share digital solutions.
Robotics is an exciting and engaging learning area as students use robots appropriate to their developmental needs. Classes have access to Cubettos, Bee Bots, Evos and Lego Mindstorm. A Bradshaw team participates in the annual Robocup.
Bradshaw students also have access to a 3D Printer.
Art and physical education are the two specialist learning areas at Bradshaw.
Art - a dedicated art room, inspires imagination and creativity. Students use materials, techniques and processes to make artworks to communicate their ideas. Students attend an art class for 1 hour per week.
Each year the school hosts an art show where students select one of their masterpieces to show.
Physical Education - in addition to class fitness and movement breaks, students attend Physical Education for 1 hour per week. The focus of Physical Education is on developing physical well being, coordination and general fitness.
Students in Year 5 and 6 represent Bradshaw at the weekly Inter School Sport played against other local schools. Representatives participate in the annual inter-school athletics, cross country and swimming carnivals.
Bradshaw students keenly participate in the Sports Gala Days in sports such as orienteering, cricket, rugby, netball and AFL.
The Bradshaw library provides students with a wide selection of learning material, a computer lab and comfy reading corners. During school hours, classes work with their teacher in the library or computer lab. Students are welcome to use the library at lunchtime to read, draw, colour-in, swap cards or play games.
Students are able to borrow two books for two weeks at a time. Borrowing happens during weekly library lessons and after school.
Students who are reading Lexile books are encouraged to borrow as needed. Teachers allocate additional independent borrowing time in their day.
Alice Springs Language Centre
The Alice Springs Language Centre delivers language programs to students from Year 1 and above at Bradshaw. Arrernte, Alyawarr, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese and Spanish are taught in accordance with the Australian Curriculum. Lessons are once per week and depending on the age of students, are 30-45 minutes long. Students learn the same language for the whole year and over the course of their primary schooling learn a variety of languages and can then specialise in middle year levels.