The Visual Arts program at Fountain Gate Primary School is designed to develop students’ higher order thinking, creativity, imagination, curiosity, critical thinking, self-confidence and problem-solving skills. Classes are conducted in a supportive and enjoyable environment which encourages students to reach and achieve their artistic potential.
Students are encouraged to experiment with materials, take risks, express and develop their own individual ideas as well as respect and appreciate diversity and other points of view.
Students have the opportunity to explore the various art media, developing specific skills and techniques, using the visual arts elements and principles.
The elements and principles of art are taught through innovative open ended activities, via the media of painting, drawing, printing, model making, collage, threads and textiles, pottery and construction. This program also includes the study of the history of art and its place in world cultures.
Students artwork is displayed around the school and at local art shows. Participation in relevant art competitions is actively encouraged and the annual school open night art exhibition provides students with the opportunity to share their work with their families and the wider community.
At Fountain Gate Primary School, the Science program is taught from Year 3 to Year 6. The program is designed to nurture students’ curiosity about the world around them.
Students are provided with the opportunity to develop an understanding of key science concepts whilst engaged in developmental, hands-on activities. The program covers the areas of Biological sciences, Physical sciences, Chemical sciences and Earth and Space Science.
The curriculum supports students in developing their scientific knowledge and skills in questioning, critical thinking and reasoning about the natural and physical world.
Performing Arts is a study of music, dance and drama. At Fountain Gate Primary School students experience music education in grades Prep, 1 and 2. They gain knowledge and learn terminology such as beat, tempo, pitch and dynamics through listening, moving, singing, responding to and creating music.
Students are involved in drama games, mime and acting out stories and situations. Students also experience dance through movement to music, dance lessons and learning a number of different dances during the year.
There are also opportunities for students to participate in our Biennial School Production (Grades 3-6), Choir (Grades 3-6) and to perform at Open Night and the Christmas Concert.
The Physical Education program focuses on health and fitness, performance, challenge and striving for improvement. Children are supported to work both independently and in teams. Key skills are developed through athletics, ball handling, gymnastics, minor sport and fundamental motor skills. The program provides opportunities for students to be introduced to a number of sports which can then be taken to interschool competition and possibly state level. All students are encouraged to develop and further their talents through links into community programs.
Fountain Gate Primary School is a member of the Narre Warren District Sports Association (NWDSA) and competes in summer and winter lightning premierships in the following sports:
Soccer, tennis, basketball, cricket, football, teeball, netball and softball.
We also participate in district athletics and cross country carnivals. Students have the opportunity to try out for Victorian primary school teams and to represent our school at district, divisional, regional and state championships.
At Fountain Gate Primary School the Digital Technology Program operates from Prep to Year 6. Students have the opportunity to use many different types of technology in these classes.
We have a ratio of 1 iPad to every 2 students in Prep to Year 4 and a bring your own device (BYOD) iPad program for students in Years 5 & 6. These iPads are integrated into the students regular class work as well as Digital Technology lessons.
Students are encouraged to develop their higher order thinking, problem-solving skills, systems thinking and develop digital solutions.
Our Prep to Year 2’s work on using practical robots with Dash and Dot, BeeBot and BlueBot. They learn how to become responsible users of technology through Cybersafety. Students start to work on digital graphs and data, organising ideas though digital programs and representing simple patterns in data.
In Year 3 to Year 6 students become familiar with block coding through the use of robotics and coding applications. Students use Lego Robotics, Sphero and Cozmo to develop code that will program a robot. Students can also design their own 3D model and print it using one of our two 3D printers. Students also develop the skills necessary to navigate online safety. Our Cybersafety lessons teach students to respect one another, not share personal information and role-play how to solve online situations.
Digital technologies is taught with team work and communication in mind. Each lesson consists of students collaborating with each other. Students have open ended activities and can complete tasks in a variety of ways.
Fountain Gate Primary School teaches Digital Technology to the Victorian Curriculum standards which can be found here: https://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/technologies/digital-technologies/curriculum/f-10