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Curriculum

Like all schools, St Joseph’s is currently implementing the recently developed Australian Curriculum.

 

Religious Education

 

Religious Education is at the heart of all learning at St Joseph's. The main role of the school is to assist parents as the prime educators of their children and this applies particularly in Religious Education.

At St Joseph's we strive to create a supportive atmosphere which reflects the values of Jesus in all aspects, both formal and informal, of school life.

The school's Religious Education program follows the Archdiocesan Guidelines "Treasures New and Old". The Sacramental program encourages parents to work in partnership with teachers. Children usually receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation in Year 2, Eucharist in Year 3 and Confirmation in Year 6.

Children participate in Prayer Celebrations, Masses, Liturgies and classroom prayer.

 

English

 

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all students at St. Joseph’s School. We believe the study of English helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that students learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them.

We aim to provide a variety of real life situations that require the use of English so students can develop a range of strategies and skills. In addition to this, teachers aim to foster a love of language and reading.

Following The Australian Curriculum, we aim to ensure that students:

  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose.
  • develop interest and skills to inquire into texts and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

At St Joseph’s we believe the English curriculum at school needs to be strongly supported at home. Parental support of all aspects of the English curriculum is encouraged. Children are encouraged to read each night. Workshops are presented each year to enable parents to become more adept at the many strategies they can employ to support their child's continued learning and to be informed of the latest teaching strategies used at our school.

ACARA. (n.d.). Australian Curriculum. Retrieved from Australian Curriculum - English: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/english/curriculum/f-10?layout=1

 

Mathematics

 

At St Joseph’s, Numeracy Blocks usually occur during the middle session of the day. The Numeracy Block includes warms-ups, investigations, formalisation (modelled and shared teaching), practice, applied learning (independent learning) and cognitive closures.

St Joseph’s has adopted this Inquiry Model to teach Mathematics from Foundation to Year 6. The term ‘inquiry’ can be appreciated by understanding that we cannot comprehend a concept until we have some inquiry/investigate into the topic. Students are involved in ‘hands-on’ experiences of real life situations to investigate concepts and experience their understanding.

 

Concepts need to be experienced

Strategies need to be scaffolded

and EVERYTHING needs to be discussed

(Siemon D 2007, Developing the ‘big’ ideas in number, RMIT University, Melbourne) https://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/edulibrary/public/teachlearn/student/devbigideas.pdf

 

At St Joseph’s teachers plan a Unit of Learning by using their knowledge of their students to select and deliver activities which allow students to:

  • investigate mathematical scenarios
  • formalise their observations using mathematical language, symbols and images
  • deepen their knowledge and consolidate their skills through practice and apply their knowledge to new situations.

 

History

 

The study of History aims to develop in students an interest in and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work. The curriculum takes a world history approach within which the history of Australia is taught. It helps students to appreciate Australia’s distinctive path of social, economic and political development, its position in the Asia-Pacific region and its global interrelationships.

This knowledge and understanding is essential for informed and active participation in Australia’s diverse society.

 

Health and Physical Education

 

At St Joseph’s, the Bounce Back Resiliency program is taught offering practical strategies to help all young people cope with the complexity of their everyday lives. Students learn to ‘bounce back’ when they experience sadness, difficulties, frustrations and hard times.

The Protective Behaviours Program is also taught across the school. This program aims to develop problem solving skills and assertiveness in students; arming them with the knowledge to know when something may not be right - thereby empowering them to say ‘No’. This program addresses empowerment, communication, self-esteem, resilience, social skills and other life skills.

Students participate in the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable them to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively. They have the opportunity to engage in a variety of sport and cooperative team building activities.

To complement the Physical Education program, St Joseph’s participate in school carnivals for Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming. Students who compete highest in their age group are chosen to participate in the Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA) representative carnivals.

 

Science


St Joseph’s Science Curriculum is based on the Australian Curriculum and Primary Connections. When teaching Science, we apply three interrelated strands: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills. Together students are provided with opportunities to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society and its applications in our lives. Students are challenged to explore science, its concepts, nature and uses through the application of the Five E’s inquiry process: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate.

 

The Arts

 

The Arts program includes Music, Media, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts, which play an integral part in a balanced educational program. Where possible and desirable, integration across the curriculum occurs, however each strand of The Arts maintains its own integrity so that concepts, processes and skills central to that art form are developed in the students. A dedicated music teacher takes classes for weekly lessons.

Drama allows the students exploration in body and spatial awareness, role play, mime, improvisation, non-verbal communication, story drama, play building and relaxation techniques.

The Visual Arts program allows students to explore a variety of techniques such as painting, drawing, print making, sculpture and collage using mediums, including paper, paint, textiles, clay, charcoal, crayons and ink.

 

Information Communication Technology


Contemporary education is about flexibility, connections and learning that occurs at anytime, anywhere. The integration of new and emerging technologies at St Joseph’s School provides its students with the best opportunities to strive for excellence in their learning. Our vision is to use technology to assist students to become learners, creators and collaborators. Using technology also allows students to become more responsible for their own learning and articulate how they are learning.

The iPad is a tool for learning at St Joseph’s School. We aim to develop students’ skills in collecting, organising and verifying information, collaborating with others, forming opinions and engaging in discussions, communicating and sharing what has been learned.

Digital Citizenship & Cyber Safety are an essential component of the curriculum. Students are given regular opportunities to learn about how to stay safe online and protect themselves and their personal information.

The BYODD Program strengthens the home and school link, enabling students to continue their learning at home that commenced at school and vice versa.

 

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

 

The study of LOTE broadens the learner's perspective of another country's language and culture in an active and enjoyable environment. It recognises and reinforces the culturally diverse nature of Australian society and the fact that Australians use languages other than English in a variety of contexts.

St Joseph’s School has an Italian teacher who works with the students from Foundation to Year 6. Each class has a weekly lesson which involves oral interaction, reading, writing, games, songs as well as cultural and historical study.

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