Learning and growing together through our primary years program
Our school uses the Australian Curriculum as the basis for its teaching and learning which is designed to develop confident and creative individuals who will become active and informed citizens. It sets the goals for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life.
Our pedagogical approach ensures intellectual rigour through active and authentic learning which develops deep understandings and prepares students for sustainable 21st century living. The core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences and Health are taught by homeroom teachers.
PRIMARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
INQUIRY - BASED LEARNING
Through an inquiry approach, English classrooms develop literate citizens; critical and creative thinkers ready to communicate and contribute in the contemporary world. While the Mathematics program develops numerate citizens and mathematical thinkers prepared for the demands of the future.
‘Primary Connections’ a program developed for Primary schools by the Australian Academy of Science is the basis of the Science teaching from Foundation to Year 6. The Humanities and Social Science program was developed locally using the Australian curriculum as its foundation. Science and Humanities lessons build deep conceptual understandings & skills through inquiry units.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Through a comprehensive Health program, students develop health literacy to ensure they have the knowledge and understanding required to make informed choices about the health and safety of themselves and others. Emotional health and well-being and protective behaviours are developed through the explicit teaching of social skills, resilience and optimism and monthly focused assemblies.
FOUNDATION TO YEAR 3
Lower Primary Curriculum
While Literacy and Numeracy are core to all curriculum areas, students are also introduced to Humanities and Social Science, Science and Health lessons from Foundation to Year 3. Students begin their engagement with Inquiry Based Learning though these lessons. Collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills are a major factor as students learn together about the world around them.
Specialist teachers engage with the children in many areas including Music, Visual Art, Digital and Design Technologies, Physical education and Swimming and Chess. Thai Language and Culture is taught in Foundation and Year 1. In Year 2, French, Mandarin, and German are introduced and from Year 3 student also have the option of learning Japanese.
Families receive regular communication from the Home teacher about their child’s program and progress. You are encouraged to be active partners in your child’s educational journey. Families are encouraged to participate in a wide range of celebratory events.
YEAR 4 TO YEAR 6
By the time students reach Year 4, they are usually independent readers and this brings changes in their curriculum and the way they are taught.
All lessons taught in the early Primary years continue into Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. Students at these higher year levels engage with the curriculum in a more sophisticated way using critical and creative thinking to collaboratively explore the world and their place in it. The contemporary nature of the curriculum offerings ensure the students are continually engaging with authentic real world learning. Sustainability, Intercultural Understanding and Global Citizenship are themes which recur throughout the Primary curriculum
Students in these year levels access specialist classes for Digital Technology, Design Technology, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Health and Physical Education, Swimming and Languages. All students study Thai language and Culture and can also chose form French, Mandarin and Japanese.
Families receive regular communication from the Home teacher about their child’s program and progress. You are encouraged to be active partners in your child’s educational journey, particularly in relation to ensuring your child attends to their homework expectations. Families are encouraged to participate in a wide range of celebratory events including regular assemblies.