At Mortlake College we implement the Early Years Literacy and Numeracy Program. The 2 hour Literacy session is based around the CAFE and Daily 5 Reading Strategy. This includes targeted small group instruction and reading practice. Students have specific and individual reading goals. The writing component of this session is based on the 'Big Write' and 'VCOP' model which engages students in their writing. Students are taught THRASS to assist their spelling, reading and writing development. Students are engaged in whole class instruction, small group work and individualised learning situations with continuous monitoring and assessment of student’s progress.
An integrated curriculum approach is favoured to stimulate interest and create meaningful learning experiences throughout the Primary area. English, Maths, Science, Studies of Society and Environment, Health and Physical Education, The Arts, Languages Other than English and Technology are the eight Key Learning Areas that make up the curriculum’s framework.
Specialist Classes in Years Prep to Four include LOTE (Japanese) Physical Education and Music. Students in Year Prep participate in a Perceptual Motor Program to develop motor skills weekly. Prep to Year 2 rotate classes once a week for Art, Library & Science. Year Three and Four rotate for Science & Humanities.
Students in Year 2 engage in the Kids in the Kitchen program where they are introduced to rules for working safely in the kitchen, cooking delicious food and getting to know the different names of the equipment and materials that they use. In Year 3 & 4 students are engaged in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program where they alternate between cooking & gardening each week.There is an emphasis on eating food they have grown together.
Each classroom utilises digital technology to enhance learning. Mathletics and Reading Eggs are examples of computer programs used to consolidate the learning done in class and can be used at home.