Teaching and Learning

The structures

The school operates under the guidelines of the Victorian Curriculum.


At Zeerust PS, Japanese, Library and Art are taught by specialists while all the other subjects are taught by Dr. Farrell and Ms. Cari. Dr. Farrell has a masters degree in science and a post-graduate certificate in primary mathematics teaching. He has a keen interest in music education. Ms. Cari has musical qualifications and an interest in physical fitness.


Literacy and numeracy are core areas of learning while all the other subject disciplines, except PE and art, are dealt with as integrated topics.


In 2021, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday there will be a junior class of 4 x preps and a senior class of 2 x grade 3s, a grade 4 and 2 x grade 5s. On Tuesday and Thursday the classes will be combined to be taught by Dr. Farrell with the assistance of classroom aid, Ms. Kathy. 


On Wednesdays the school will have Dr. Farrell, Ms. Cari and Ms. Morrison and this will be out 'tutoring day'. The school has been given funds to hire tutos to catch kids up after remote learning. 


How kids learn

Here is a document that expains how children learn.  


The Six Rs

To address the needs of multi-age classrooms Zeerust has developed an educational pedagogy entitled, the Six Rs. The Six Rs are reading, writing, 'rithmatic, researching, retelling and reasoning. The philosophy has been the subject of an eBook. Here is a link


Six ways of thinking

Covering the content described by VELS and AusVELS in a small school is both a challenge and an opportunity. We have looked at the entire issue and have reduced it down to six fundementals which we describe as six ways of thinking.

  • Thinking mathematically,
  • Thinking with language (English, foreign languages and history)
  • Thinking aesthetically (the arts, technology and information technology)
  • Thinking scientifically (scientific method in biology, chemistry and physics)
  • Thinking systematically (civics and citizenship combined with economics, geography or environmental studies)
  • Situated Thinking (health and PE, home economics and financial literacy