Innovative and Expert Classroom Lessons and Specialist Programs


The Victorian Curriculum is the Foundation to Year 10 curriculum that provides a single, coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and common achievement standards, which schools use to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.


Currently, the curriculum programs are delivered with a mix of classroom lessons and specialist programs in:

Some of the amazing things that make our school great!

We have our own bus, that is free for all children, and gives us the chance to operate a mobile classroom. Our Market BBQ and Op shop raise the funds to keep our bus on the road.

Our unique Outdoor Education Program, Physical Education and Sporting programs run by Cory Smithett are a feature of our school.  Our camping program begins in Prep with Breakfast, Lunch at Sorrento Park, and the Dinner Dance. Grade 1 have a camping day at school, and Grade 2 have an overnight camp at school or offsite.

The Grade 3 and 4 children camp in the schools tents and participate in the Water Safety program, which includes the use of our state of the art trailer and equipment.  Surfing, fishing, snorkelling, paddling craft(Stand up and canoe), Scurfing behind boats, Boating safety, lifesaving, and much more.

Our PE program teaches students skills in 27 different sports, and offers Triathlon, Swimming sports, Tennis tournament, Golf tournament, Athletics sports, Afterschool sporting program includes Auskick in term 2, Lunchtime sporting program, Before school basketball academy in term 4 in partnership with the Rosebud Secondary School.

Our outstanding music program coordinated by David Taylor includes traditional bands, rock band, instrumental tuition and sequential specialist lessons as part of the week’s program. Participation in Wakakirri and the school festival provide further enrichment for the Performing Arts and English programs.

Our curriculum programs also support our “6 D’s” inquiry model.

Currently, the curriculum programs are delivered with a mix of classroom lessons and specialist programs in Art, Music, Sustainability. STEM and Physical Education. Grouping of pupils include the traditional year level structures and one composite grouping.

The school encourages staff co-operation and support with co-operative teaching teams being successfully developed at all levels of the school. Teaching and learning practices are evaluated as part of the continuous professional development program.


Victorian Curriculum English Rationale

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society and plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future.


The English curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • Learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create, question, reflect and respond to increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose.
  • Appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue.
  • Understand how standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning.
  • Develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.


Rosebud Primary School Beliefs and Actions Belief- Because learning is a consequence of thinking. Action – Every day we will see students reading, writing and talking more than the teacher. Belief – Because we believe in the gradual release of responsibility. Action – Teachers will model just enough to show children how and why through mini lessons, enabling students to work independently that challenges them at their point of need. Teachers will monitor learning progressions and misconceptions and will ‘catch’ and then ‘release.’ Belief – Because we believe students need time to practise what they are being taught. Action – Students are involved in authentic literacy work, receive small group instruction where they are exposed to a range of genres and modes of texts and have time for sustained reading. Belief – Because we believe every learner needs targeted and concise feedback to grow and reach their full potential. Action – Every day teachers will confer with students, look at the work they are creating, and give them timely, specific and relevant feedback. Teachers will facilitate collaborate reflections (as a whole group and with small groups) for students to make changes accordingly. Belief – Because we believe in assessment for learning. Action – We value formative assessment and summative assessment. Formative assessment for the purpose of student feedback to ensure growth. Summative assessment for the purpose to reflect on practice, student learning and plot growth. We have a whole school approach to planning with consistent teaching strategies from Foundation to Grade 6. Our teachers use technology to enhance learning and provided engaging lessons. Differentiated instruction is provided to cater for all of our students. Two English specialist teachers are employed to provide intervention and extension programs for Grades 1-5. At Rosebud Primary School we promote a love for reading through the CAFÉ program.

C- comprehension A- accuracy F- fluency E –expanding vocabulary

Teachers get to know their students as readers through conferring. During this time goals are set and strategies about how to achieve these goals are discussed. Students choose ‘just right’ books to read during sustained reading times. We teach writing through the 6+1 traits model of instruction and assessment. These are:

  • V – voice (the author’s purpose
  • O – organisation (the internal structure of the piece)
  • I – ideas
  • C – conventions (e.g. punctuation/grammar)
  • E – excellent word choice
  • S – sentence fluency

THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading and Spelling Skills) is used to teach phonemic awareness and spelling from F-6. It is a teaching tool based on the principle that, while there are 26 letters in the alphabet, there are 44 speech sounds (phonemes) in the English language. Students learn that there are 24 consonant and 20 vowel phonemes and these are represented on the THRASS chart with corresponding words and pictures. All students have their own THRASS chart, as well as large charts in every classroom.


At Rosebud Primary School, ‘We approach Maths knowing we may not find the answer straight away, but thinking about it is fun!’

Through games, problem solving, real life, hands on Maths, all students have a shared responsibility with their teachers to learn and apply their understandings in the standards; Number, Measurement & Geometry, Statistics & Probability.

All lessons provide a clear focus for students so they have the opportunity to celebrate success and are structured to cater for each child’s individual needs. A Maths junior and senior specialist are also employed to work closely with students who require both intervention and extension. We believe all students can succeed in Mathematics and have a strong focus on ensuring all our students have a growth mindset.


Our goal is “To provide to our students stimulating and authentic learning experiences designed to promote the creation and implementation of effective STEM education that results in global citizens who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.”.

In Science and I.C.T. we are continuing to expand our focus on a STEM based specialist subject (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). STEM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.  This results in students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!  STEM is an approach that is being followed through at all local secondary schools.  It incorporates a range of I.T. skills and coding, through to robotics, problem solving challenges, science and scientific theories, science fairs, construction, 3D CAD design, electronics and much more.


Music at Rosebud Primary School follows an acronym that is very relevant to a school that is located by the bay: REEF – Relevant, Engaging, Educational, FunLike all other excellent programs at our school, our Music program has been specifically designed to engage students in relevant lessons that are lots of fun while being educationally sound.

Our junior students are very quickly introduced to the underlying heart and building blocks of music – Beat.  Through the use of predominantly percussion instruments, including boomwhackers, glockenspiels, chime bars, djembes, bongo drums and melodic bells, students develop their understanding of rhythm and basic notation.  Music is known as the truly international language, so it is very important for us to develop in our students the ability to read and play the international form of music notation.  This skill continues to develop through the use of the Recorder as an instrument, which is introduced in Grade 2.  More complex music elements and concepts are introduced throughout Grades 3-4, where the Recorder is continued and the Ukulele is introduced as another fun and very accessible instrument.

Grade 5 and 6 students continue to develop their Ukulele playing skills, engage in project and inquiry topics (such as movie music and advertising jingles), work individually and collaboratively to learn contemporary instruments including guitars, keyboards and electronic drums, and create electronic pieces including GarageBand mixes, music videos and “Quaver Creatives”. Our curriculum addresses all areas of the Victorian Curriculum – Explore and Express Ideas; Music Practices; Present and Perform; Respond and Interpret – and is underpinned by the excellent “Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music” program.  Every student also has individual web-based access to a huge range of resources, including those used in the music room, so that their learning can continue anywhere and at any time.  All that is required is an internet-enabled device.

Instrumental Program Our instrumental program allows students to learn an instrument of their choice during weekly individual or small group lessons. We currently have five instrumental staff, who offer lessons in either flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, keyboard, piano, drums, acoustic guitar, ukulele, electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, trumpet and trombone.

Performing Arts The range of opportunities available in the performing arts continues to expand at Rosebud Primary School.  Past offerings have included Wakakirri, where students from Grade 4-6 are offered the opportunity to participate in either a backstage role or front of stage role, the Rosebud Foreshore Rockfest where selected students perform songs and dances to an excited crowd, various Choir performances and our annual School Festival. Many whole-school and sub-school productions have been presented over the years and we plan on continuing this tradition in 2020 and beyond.


Students at Rosebud Primary School enjoy the specialist subject Visual Art in a weekly 50 minute session in the art room.

Students create visual art works that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas.

Children experience and explore the art elements using a vast array of art and craft techniques, materials and processes in a supportive environment that encourages the freedom of creativity, individuality, experimentation and problem solving.

The Visual Arts programme encompasses a lunch time art club three times a week in which students are encouraged to come and participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor art activities.

The senior school continue their art experiences with smaller art activities offered in their Friday hobby groups.

Students learn about traditions, histories and cultures of artists, craftspeople and designers.

Physical Education and Sport Program

The PE program at Rosebud Primary School has a huge emphasis on the students’ stepping out of their comfort zone across all PE activities, with the students encouraged not to be afraid of making mistakes. There is a strong focus on continuing to develop Fundamental Motor Skills, to a point where they are ready to move into small-sided games. Through these games, students became aware of the spatial requirements, safe conduct and are able to develop and build these basic skills while learning the valuable skills and qualities to make them a good team mate. With improved skills comes friendly match play where understanding good sportsmanship is a major theme throughout. As well as refining basic skill techniques, students also begin learning more complex movements with the aides of different visual cues including immediate skill playback via IPad. Above all, the main aim of the PE program is for every student to:

  • Have FUN.
  • Leave each class looking forward to the next.
  • Learn to work as part of a team.
  • Learn some valuable skills along the way to help turn them into a little sports star!

Physical Education is all about getting involved.

Other major sport events

  • School Triathlon
  • School Swimming Carnival
  • School Cross Country
  • School Athletics Carnival
  • Footy Day
  • Basketball Day
  • After school football program
  • Before school basketball academy
  • Hoop time
  • Kanga Cricket
  • Summer Lightening Premiership
  • Winter Lightening Premiership
  • Boys Netball/Girls Football Day
  • School Walkathon
  • Bike Skills Day
  • Rugby League Gala Day
  • Melbourne United Basketball Experience
  • Various ‘Sporting Schools’ after school sport programs.

Outdoor Education & Camping Program

The overriding reason we do all of our camps at Rosebud Primary School is for life experience and too encourage students to step out of their comfort zone. The outdoor education camping program at Rosebud Primary School is a unique yet sequential camping program where every experience from the Grade Prep Dinner Dance to the Grade 6 Camp at Torquay are intertwined. It provides an ideal platform to teach students about routines, respect and working as teams. The camp experience’s students share each year fosters and strengthens relationships not only among students and their peers, but also between staff and students- THIS IS CRITICAL FOR OUR POSITIVE SCHOOL CULTURE.


Please see below for the outdoor education experiences students take part in at various year levels:

Grade Prep: Dinner Dance

Grade 1: Maze Excursion

Grade 2: Amazing race and overnight camp at school

Grade 3: Overnight camp on McCrae Foreshore with a full Water Safety Program

Grade 3-6: End of year bike rides to Rye & Sorrento

Grade 4: 3 night camp on McCrae Foreshore with a full Water Safety Program

Grade 4-6: Snow camp to Mount Hotham.

Grade 5: City camp with a wide range hands on activities that see the students leave with a “full city experience”

Grade 5: Leadership Hike: Wilson’s Prom. Newly elected students moving into grade 6 the following year set off for a simply life changing and team building experience that will stick with them forever.

Grade 5: Darnum Primary School ‘Country School Experience & Tough Mudder’

Grade 5/6: Water Safety Program (includes swimming, sailing, snorkeling, Stand up paddleboards, surfing, kayaks & lifesaving)

Grade 6: The culmination of all of the camps preceding this one – Torquay Camp. Activities stem from surfing, kayaking and bush cooking to rock climbing and bike riding. This is an outdoor extravaganza that students will remember forever.


Every year level has their own Library that children can access at anytime.  We keep libraries up to date with relevant material for use in classroom sessions.  Café reading is an important part of our program and children having access to these books is essential.  We also visit the Mornington Peninsula library on a weekly basis, where children can borrow books, and have a library session.  This always involves the teacher reading a book to the children. We are the heart of the community and being able to visit the local library in Rosebud, gives children the ability to access books whenever the library is open.  It also encourages families to use this valuable community resource.