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Health & Physical Education is celebrated in a number of different ways at Yokine Primary School. The Kindergarten to Year 2 program focuses on developing students Fundamentals Movement Skills (FMS) such as balancing, hopping, jumping, running, throwing and catching. FMS lay the foundation of all movements and provide the confidence for students to participate and master a range of physical activities.
The Years 3-6 program focuses on specific seasonal sports and the skills, rules and tactics associated with each. Students are explicitly taught the correct skill acquisition and then apply these skills in game like situations. Students are encouraged to set goals to improve their personal fitness. This is done through activities that encourage core strength, aerobic fitness and flexibility.
Students are given opportunity to apply these skills at various carnivals and interschool competitions throughout the year. Our four Houses, named after iconic local streets, promote healthy competition between students across year levels and provide a sense of community in the sporting arena, they are:
Yokine Primary school runs a new and innovative Japanese Language Program for Years 3-6.
The program is designed to provide students with communication skills in Japanese, including an understanding of not only the Japanese language but also the unique culture and customs of Japan and its people.
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the need to understand meaning across cultures and languages is becoming a necessity. Language learning not only offers opportunities for communication, but also an appreciation of diversity and beliefs. In addition, students develop an understanding of their own identity, culture, values and language. Language learning has been shown to strengthen thinking skills and expand students’ horizons by providing social, personal and employment opportunities.
During Japanese lessons students have many opportunities to speak, listen, read, write and understand Japanese, through songs, stories, practical tasks, role play, presentations and technology.
The Music Room is equipped with a variety of instruments and many visual aids to support students in learning the language and skills required for Music.
Activities in the music room range from singing, dancing and playing instruments to articulating or writing critical responses to audio-visual representations. Students receive explicit instruction in learning how to read and write music.
Students gain performance experience through participating in the school choir, which is provided for interested Year 3 – 6 students. All those who wish to join the choir are welcomed, with the premise that singing is a joyful and educative experience for all. The choir typically engages in at least two performances outside the school, within the local community, each year.
The Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) Programme is provided for selected Year 5 and 6 students to learn classical guitar, flute or clarinet. Students receive instruction in small groups from instrumental teachers once a week during school hours.
The Visual Art program at Yokine Primary School is run in a purpose-built room with facilities for practical work including a kiln for ceramics. The ethos of the Visual Art program is to give students a safe space to create, have fun, and build their self-esteem.
Students are introduced to a range of visual art materials, techniques, and processes in each year, which may include drawing, painting, printing, collage, sculpture, ceramics, and textiles. We are incredibly lucky to have an art room surrounded by green space to inspire and enable students to create and draw from the natural environment. Project themes are refreshed frequently so students are always creating something new.