Our learning environments are student centred and create a sense of
warmth and value towards student abilities and individuality
The Cann River School curriculum is updated frequently, with the focus on individual learning goals, and the emphasis on evidence based, highly effective teaching. In our Annual Improvement plans, we are looking to continually be innovating in not only how we teach but what we teach.
The P-10 Curriculum is based on The Victorian Curriculum, ensuring our students are learning the knowledge and practices, necessary for success in the world beyond the local Cann River environment.
English, Science, Mathematics, Technology, Health, Physical Education, and the Arts are essential study areas in the school.
There is increasing emphasis on Personal and Social learning as a central plank of education and there is focus on thinking skills, ethical capabilities and Intercultural capabilities within subject areas.
Child Safety - the awareness and prevention of childhood abuse is taught at all levels of the school.
Information Communication Technology is taught throughout the curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on Assessment for Learning, and student’s progress is closely tracked: there is a strong sense of collective efficacy in how education is delivered.
In addition to our core curriculum Cann River P12 College also offers a range of special programs and activities to enrich our students' education.
The Victorian Curriculum P - 6
In prep to grade six, a range of teaching structures are used, from thematic approaches, to subject based teaching. With a focus throughout, of direct instruction at the point of need. Close assessment leads towards differentiated learning, accelerated learning and additional support.
Prep, Year 1, Year 2 Curriculum
Students are individually assessed upon school entry, so that their involvement in all English activities can be tailored to each student’s needs. Ongoing monitoring and assessments, ensure that all students can achieve across the prescribed Victorian Curriculum, strands of Reading and Viewing, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Daily activities focus upon individual reading, reading groups, story writing, conferencing, publishing, phonics, word study, public speaking and handwriting.
In Mathematics, the students follow the Nelson Maths Program, and they work at their own appropriate learning level, not necessarily their year level. This year students are operating from Foundation to Year 4/5 worksheets.
Maths games, hands-on activities, and Information Communication Technology programs, are also incorporated into the Maths curriculum, to ensure that all areas of The Victorian Curriculum are covered: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.
Integrated Studies in Prep – 2, the children participate in weekly units of work that are relevant to current events, and to the children themselves. Child Safety, Personal and Interpersonal learning are major focuses throughout the year and special events, excursions, weekly Buddies sessions and topical themes emphasize “Real Life” learning opportunities.
In The Victorian Curriculum F–2, the Humanities include Geography and History and centre on the child, his/her family and the local area.
From Prep - 2 the students investigate their immediate and familiar world to identify and describe the needs of living things and they use their senses to explore the world around them.
Grade 3-6 Curriculum
The students are involved in a range of activities that cover the modes of Reading and Viewing, Writing and Speaking and Listening that are prescribed by the Victorian Curriculum. Activities include such things as reading groups, story writing, word study, public speaking and handwriting.
The students will follow the Nelson Maths Program that is appropriate for their year level with the use of other resources to enhance this program. This program covers the strands laid out by the Victorian Curriculum which are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.
During Humanities the students are involved in a different unit of work each term. This unit is designed with both the student’s interests in mind, and what has been prescribed by the Victorian Curriculum. Which includes the subjects of History, Geography, Economics and Civics and Citizenship. Some examples of units of work are Dinosaurs, The First Fleet, The Australian Government and Explorers.
During Science the students are involved in a different unit of work each term. This unit is designed with both the student’s interests in mind and what has been prescribed by The Victorian Curriculum. Which includes the following; Science understandings, Science as a Human Endeavour, Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences and Physical Sciences. And also includes the following; Science Inquiry Skills, Questioning and Predicting, Planning and Concluding and Recording and Processing. Some examples of units of work are Electricity, Natural Disasters, Magnets and Growing things.
Design and technology is taught from Preps to VCE, in areas such Food, Wood, Textiles, Horticulture and Digital Technologies. In Design and Technologies, students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions. In Digital Technologies, students use computational thinking and information systems to analyse, design and develop digital solutions
The Victorian Curriculum 7-10
Core subjects in Year 7-10 are English, Humanities, Maths, Health and Physical Education, and Science. With many students in year 10 electing to study VCE subjects.
Each year the 7-10 English Curriculum is revised: considering the cohort, and areas of focus. Areas of study include: Short Stories, Novel Study, Poetry and Visual texts, Writing Folio, Persuasion, Media Texts, and Wide Reading.
Students in years 7, 8 and 9 complete topics according to The Victorian Curriculum Strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability.
Topics covered in year 7 are:
Positive Integers / Indices and Primes / Rational Numbers / Geometry / Decimals / Percentages
Topics covered in year 8 are:
Integers / Index Laws / Real Numbers / Ratios and Rates / Application of Percentages / Congruence / Algebra / Measurement
Topics covered in year 9 are:
Linear Equations / Trigonometry / Linear and Non-Linear Graphs / Financial Mathematics / Measurement / Probability / Statistics / Quadratic Algebra
Science Years 7-10
Topics studied in years 7/8 science follow a two year cycle according to the Victorian Curriculum Strands of Science Understanding and Science Inquiry Skills. Topics covered, Keeping An Eye On Light / Student Designed Investigation / The Changing Earth/ A Matter of State / Reproduction / A World Of Machines / Learning With Your Brain In Mind.
Topics studied in years 9/10 science follow a two year cycle according to the Victorian Curriculum Strands of Science Understanding and Science Inquiry Skills. Topics covered, Keeping An Eye On Light / Student Designed Investigation / The Dynamic Earth / Chemistry: The Inside Story / Life Goes On / Invisible Waves / Think Quest
Humanities Years 7-10
Humanities is a core subject for years 7/9 focus incorporates Geography, History, Economics and Civics and Citizenship. The Humanities course is based on the Victorian Curriculum and includes the subjects of History, Geography, Economics and Civics and Citizenship. Focus areas are rotated on a three year basis.
Wood Design and Technology
Wood technology is where the Design and Technology Victorian Curriculum is taught. Students learn basic making skills before progressing on to designing their own products to structured design briefs.
Food Design and Technology
Food Technology is run in Years 7/8 and 9/10. Students learn various methods of cooking, learn the functional properties of food and nutrients, sensory and food terminology, and the importance of eating well and having a balanced diet. They learn to independently plan and cook for a healthy life style. They independently and safely produce effective designed solutions for the intended purpose.
Health physical & Sport education
Health Physical & Sport Education is taught P-12. Sport Education in Physical Education Program (S.E.P.E.P) is taught in 7-10. There are inter house competitions and inter school competitions at a cluster and regional level. A rotation of team games include - netball, touch rugby, AFL, table tennis, soccer, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, hockey, tennis, and badminton.
Interschool sport occurs once a term in years 7/10 and includes sports such as volleyball, cross country, soccer, badminton, athletics, basketball and table tennis
VCE & VET
By rotating subjects over two years cycle, and beginning in year ten, we are able to provide a surprising range of subject choices.
- English & Literature
- Maths: General & Further, Foundation
- Biology, Physics, Psychology & Chemistry
- Information Technology
- Agriculture & Horticulture
- Outdoor Education, Physical Education, & Health and Human Development
- Studio Arts, Visual Communication, & Media,
- Design and Technology & Vet Automotive.
- VET Automotive
- VET Sport & Recreation
Cann River and interschool sport activities with other schools. There is a house system consisting of Orange House and Brown House. Students compete for their house during the year in the school swimming sports, cross country and athletics. The primary schools compete in interschool swimming, cross country and athletics. There are also sports and games days at Mallacoota.
Secondary students have opportunities to participate in interschool sports, usually once a term. In sports such as swimming, volleyball, cross country, soccer, badminton, table tennis, and athletics.
Students also participate in friendly matches with Mallacoota in soccer and netball.
Combined Schools Activities
At Cann River we often work together in whole school activities; it might be the Mini Olympics with teams made up of Preps to VCE or a dress up day as a favourite book character for Book week.