Primary School Curriculum
The K-6 Curriculum is developed in the overall context of the new Australian Curriculum, using the NSW BOSTES syllabus material. This focuses on six Key Learning Areas (KLA’s) – English; Mathematics; Science; History; Creative Arts; Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.
Many of the learning activities within each class teaching-learning programme, are integrated across the range of KLA’s and often these KLA’s are linked thematically.
A variety of teaching-learning styles are implemented to facilitate student learning at each stage. This is outworked through group and small group teaching, ability grouping for specific academic subjects, and also class teachers using their particular talents across a range of classes, through a collegiate swap arrangement.
Open Classroom Afternoons, Parent-Teacher Interviews and comprehensive Semester Student Reports enable feedback to parents on student progress, as well as identifying areas where further development is required.
Students have regular specialist lessons in Languages – French (K-5) and Japanese (Yr 6).
Teachers in K-2 classes utilise a variety of reading resources, including phonics-based programmes. A Reading Net has been implemented to catch students who may need extra assistance. A targeted Literacy Support program (overseen by the Learning Support Staff) is also implemented each year.
As part of a K-12 school, Primary students enjoy the benefits of access to specialist staff and facilities, including the Bullock Library and Technology Centre. Year 6 students are able to make a smooth transition into secondary schooling, while maintaining established friendships, consistent values and continuity in their education.
IT is used to enhance class teaching-learning activities in all Key Learning Areas and forms an integral part of the K-6 curriculum.
Access is available for all students to a school-wide computer network from within each classroom, together with timetabled access for use of the School’s IT laboratories.
Stage 3 students (Years 5-6) have a dedicated iPad programme, while a number of iPad and Laptop trolleys are available for regular use in other K-6 classrooms.
Students needing extra assistance are supported by staff working in the Learning Support Team.
This support focuses on literacy development and mathematics skill acquisition.
Pre-lit, Mini-lit and Multi-lit programmes are utilised.
Targeted Occupational Therapy assistance is supported.
IPs (Individual Programmes) are prepared, implemented and reviewed through school / home collaboration, for students with specific learning or behavioural needs.