Curriculum

Expectations

In all areas of school life, academic and social, we encourage children to be caring of others and of their environment. We set guidelines for such things as behaviour, work habits and presentation of work. These expectations help your child to reach the best possible level of achievement. We encourage students to be actively involved in their learning and celebrate effort and success.

School rules

At Long Bay Primary we have rules to protect students and to ensure that children's behaviour is of an acceptable standard, resulting in a school environment that is a pleasant, secure, and safe place for all. Our school citizenship code, the Long Bay Way, is:

Homework

Year 1-2 children will bring home reading homework in the form of instructional readers, poem books and library books. As children progress, a spelling programme is introduced.
Year 3-6 children are expected to continue to read regularly, learn weekly spelling words and practise their basic number facts. They may also have a weekly homework contract based around the current topics of study. If your child is taking a very long time to do the work or is unable to do it, check with the teacher concerned.
Homework has a place in consolidating and enriching school related activities with support and encouragement of parents. By acknowledging your child's efforts, you will be encouraging your child to achieve well.

Assemblies

Whole-school assemblies are held on Friday mornings at 9 a.m. in the school hall. A different class runs the assembly each week. The assembly provides an opportunity to recognise student efforts and share student learning and school events. All family members are welcome to attend. Special syndicate-led assemblies are held at different times during the term. Dates will be listed in the newsletter and on this website.

Parents are kindly invited to attend these assemblies.

Library and Information Centre

All the children have regular visits to the school library and are encouraged to use this facility. They may borrow up to two books at a time and may keep them for two weeks. All students need to use a book bag for transporting books. Please assist your child to care for books on loan and return books promptly. There is a charge for replacement of books damaged or lost.

eLearning

Digital device use and digital citizenship is integrated into all curriculum areas to enhance student learning. A Digital Learning Responsible Use Agreement is completed by all students and parents/caregivers.

School-Wide Events and Programmes

We offer an arts specialisation programme. The arts consist of drama, dance and music. Every class has a term with a specialist teacher exploring the elements and principles of each of the disciplines. In 2017 we also provide Physical Education as a specialisation topic.

Throughout the school year we plan for whole school activities where there is a special focus on particular learning areas. Book Week provides opportunity to share and celebrate the joy of books and reading. Maths Week is linked to New Zealand Maths Week and again it is a time for emphasising the importance of maths and problem solving in our everyday lives. Each class has Te Reo language sessions throughout the year. Our integrated studies topics incorporate the Social Sciences, Technology and Science. Students are encouraged to ask questions, look for explanations and to think about the world we live in.

As part of the health curriculum, we run the Keeping Ourselves Safe (KOS) or the Life Education programmes to enhance learning in the health curriculum. KOS focuses on helping children develop the skills and strategies to identify potentially dangerous situations and to respond sensibly and safely. The Police Education Officer trains staff in the use of the programme and parents are invited to an information session. The visit from the Life Education mobile classroom and Harold reinforces important health messages and choices and supports teachers' classroom programmes.

Celebrating children's learning and sharing their achievements and efforts is part of Long Bay Primary School. Each year we run either the school Arts Exhibition, where every child has a piece of artwork on display, or the whole school production where every child performs on stage. These are great opportunities for you to see some of the things your child is learning and also to admire the talents and abilities of our children.

Support for the Wider Community

At Long Bay Primary School we encourage our children to become aware of events and issues that could affect not only them and the people they know but also others in the local and wider community. We have a Student Health Team who promote healthy living and selected worthy causes. Each year the children participate in activities and fund raising events supporting organisations such as the Cancer Society's Daffodil Day and Canteen's Bandanna week.

Thinking of others and being able to help is important and we are willing to support people in times of disaster, for example fundraising to support a community following an earthquake.

Water Safety Skills Programme

One special feature of our school is the participation in the Waterwise Programme, which is available to students in Year 6. Capable swimmers in Year 6 learn practical sailing skills at Waiake beach in six lessons each during Term 1 and 4. Weather dependent, we also incorporate kayaking and snorkelling into this water safety programme. Parents and teachers who are certified Waterwise sailing instructors guide the students. If you can commit to supporting the school programme and are interested in becoming a sailing instructor (no previous sailing experience required), please enquire at the school.

Year 1-5 children are given the opportunity to develop water confidence during organised swimming instruction during Term 1 each year. The gained skills lead into the Year 6 sailing programme.

Long Bay Primary School, Ralph Eagles Place, Long Bay. North Shore, New Zealand. Phone: (09) 473 6077. Email: admin@longbayprimary.ac.nz