At Canning Vale Primary School we have 5 specialist classes.
Our science program is new. With a brand new science classroom, it was decided that we needed a brand new science program. Led by our inaugural science specialist Mrs Aitken, science classes at CVPS are fun and exciting, where theory meets practical and where students have the opportunity to develop their science inquiry skills. There is also a ‘science squad’… students in Year 6 apply to be a member of the science squad where they work closely with Mrs Aitken to support our younger, budding scientists to develop their science skills and participate in lots of extra curricular and fun science activities.
At CVPS we have a dynamic and comprehensive music programme. Students learn to create, perform and reflect on music of many different genres and styles. The ability to read and write music is taught using traditional music theory, solfége, Kodály and other forms of music notation. Students are encouraged to play by ear and copy patterns of music using instruments such as xylophones and hand and body percussion. In addition, students respond analytically to pieces of music that are played or performed for them and learn to critique these performances.
Some students are selected to sing in the school choir. This group practise hard and represent the school with pride at every performance. They sing at several school events each year such as the ANZAC Ceremony, Harmony Day, Parents’ Morning Tea and Performing Arts Evening. They may also perform at out of school hours Festivals. Students learn self-confidence, discipline, teamwork and cooperation through their participation in the choir and the pure joy of singing.
Towards the end of Year 4, student
s have the opportunity to complete a music aptitude test for selection into the School of Instrumental Music (IMSS) programme. Each year students are selected to learn brass, woodwind or percussion instruments in Years 5 and 6. This program can continue to high school and often instils in the students a lifelong love of playing music.
Students in Years 1 – 6 have the opportunity to access the Visual Arts Program for a 1 hour lesson per week. The Visual Art Program focuses on 2D and 3D artworks with a range of media and artforms, including drawing, painting, textile, printmaking, ceramics and digital art.
Students are involved in the process of creating art – from Viewing, critical analysis, exploration of media and techniques, design, production and reflection. The focus in Art at CVPS is to encourage critical and creative thinking in our students and to encourage students to discover excellence in their abilities in a range of avenues.
Examples of student work are showcased throughout the school in formal and classroom displays. Collaborative artworks created to enhance our environment are also on display throughout the school.
Our Physical Education program develops the acquisition of movement skills, concepts and strategies to enable students to confidently, competently and creatively participate in a range of physical activities in various contexts and settings. Students learn about how the body moves; how to approach and resolve challenges; how to optimise movement performance; and the benefits of physical activity to themselves, others and communities. Through movement in a variety of contexts and settings, students acquire, practise, manage and refine personal, interpersonal, social and cognitive skills.
At CVPS our foreign language is Italian. Students begin in Year 3 and continue through to the end of Year 6.
Time allocation is one hour a week and through topic based learning, basic aspects of listening, speaking, reading and writing are developed. Our intention at this school is to make the first steps towards foreign language learning both effective and enjoyable. An extensive range of teaching and learning strategies combined with a comprehensive range of activities are designed to promote both learning and a positive attitude to language acquisition. Students develop an understanding that language is culturally based and that
tolerance and appreciation are part of that understanding.
An important part of this programme is the deliberate intention to promote English literacy skills through the study of Italian; thus there is constant comparison of the two languages.
Another essential element and purpose of our programme is that our students, prior to entering Year 7 will have learned how to learn a foreign language, as well as developing a positive attitude towards foreign language/culture study in general. The skills involved in learning how to learn, are directly transferable to any foreign language.