Social, Emotional and Physical Learning


The evidence for the importance of social and emotional learning is overwhelming in order for children to have a strong sense of identity. It is about feelings and relationships, and   includes participating and contributing in meaningful ways.

At Yarra PS we promote emotional skills as a way to learn to manage and express our feelings appropriately and using social skills to relate to others. We assist students to learn ways in which to be a friend, to negotiate their needs and difficulties, to be assertive without being aggressive and to relate effectively with adults and peers.

Personal, Social and emotional learning supports students in becoming creative and confident individuals with a sense of self-worth, self-awareness and personal identity that enables them to manage their emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing

Personal, Social and emotional learning encompasses students’ personal/emotional and social/relational dispositions, intelligences, and sensibilities. We all have emotions and we all need to learn to manage them, so they enable us to make the most of our own lives and develop respectful and fulfilling relationships with others.

School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS)

School-wide positive behaviour support is an evidence-based framework for Victorian government schools for preventing and responding to student behaviour. It aims to create a positive school climate, a culture of student competence and an open, responsive management system for all school community members where we can maximise individual academic and social growth.

SWPBS supports the whole school improvement through a three tiered process. It focus on using data to drive action with systems and practices established leading to improved outcomes. This is achieved through building school culture, consistency in whole school practice, systems and processes, increased student voice, inclusive practices and respectful relationships.

This recognises our whole school approach in teaching values and acknowledging and supporting positive behaviour in our school community.  This SWPBS framework creates a learning environment that supports our values and creates a shared culture of learning. Teaching, modelling and reinforcing positive social behaviour is an important part of a student’s educational experience.

At Yarra P.S we take a proactive approach and focus on teaching all students agreed expected behaviours and pro-social skills rather than reacting to inappropriate behaviour. A consistent system of expectations for all students within our school is implemented in all areas including classrooms and other settings, such as the playground and shared spaces.

Kitchen Garden

Each week in our Kitchen Garden Program students at Yarra PS discover the pleasure of hands-on food education.

The creation and care of a kitchen garden teaches children about our natural world, about its beauty and how to care for it, how best to use the resources we have, and an appreciation for how easy it is to bring joy and wellbeing into one’s life through growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing fresh seasonal produce.

During garden sessions the students work in our vegetable garden learning to grow and harvest a wide variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs.

Lead by our kitchen specialist the children prepare delicious fresh and healthy food from the seasonal garden produce they have grown.  Through this program children have the opportunity to experience ingredients that they may not normally have been exposed potentially broadening their appreciation of food for life.

The program, integrates learning skills from across the curriculum including; personal and social development, communication, health and physical education, creative arts, science and sustainability, mathematics.

PE, Health & Wellbeing

The domain of Health and Physical Education provides students with knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to achieve a degree of autonomy in developing and maintaining their physical, mental, social and emotional health. This domain focuses on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical activity in the lives of individuals and groups in our society.

This domain is unique in having the potential to impact on the physical, social, emotional and mental health of students. It promotes the potential for lifelong participation in physical activity through the development of motor skills and movement competence, health-related physical fitness and sport education.

Engaging in physical activity, games, sport and outdoor recreation contributes to a sense of community and social connectedness. These are vital components of improved wellbeing.

Students’ involvement in physical activity can take many forms, ranging from individual, non-competitive activity through to competitive team games. Emphasis is placed on combining motor skills and tactical knowledge to improve individual and team performance. Students progress from the development of basic motor skills to the performance of complex movement patterns that form part of team games. They learn how developing physical capacity in areas such as strength, flexibility and endurance is related to both fitness and physical performance.

Students progress from learning simple rules and procedures to enable them to participate in movement and physical activity safely, to using equipment safely and confidently. Students undertake a variety of roles when participating in sports such as umpire, coach, player and administrator and assume responsibility for the organisation of aspects of a sporting competition.

The Health and Physical Education domain provides students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours necessary for the pursuit of lifelong involvement in physical activity, health and wellbeing.