|St Josephs Primary School||
Victorian Curriculum Areas
St Joseph's Primary School Red Cliffs
17 Fitzroy Avenue,
Red Cliffs, 3496.
Phone: 03 5024 1654
We meet the curriculum, assessment and reporting requirements set by Victorian government. This is now known as the Victorian Curriculum, and it identifies what is essential for all students to learn during the compulsory years of schooling (Prep to Year 10). The areas of the Victorian Curriculum that we cover are outlined below:
Literacy learning is fundamental to your child’s learning progress. At St Joseph’s we devote a high level of resources to improve literacy learning and student achievement. Our school emphasises the importance of literacy development across all years of schooling, but especially in the first few years.
Teachers plan programs based on assessment of student literacy needs. Teachers across the school work together to tailor programs to meet the literacy needs of students as they progress through their schooling. At St Joseph’s we have a very innovative Learning Support program that offers several early intervention programs for students who are identified as working below the expected standards in Literacy.
As a school we have a significant focus on the Oral Language Supporting Early Literacy (OLSEL) program that seeks to develop the oral language competence of students in the early years to facilitate early literacy development. The goal is to support teachers to effectively plan and implement strategies which specifically target the development of oral language skills.
In mathematics learning your child is engaged in activities to learn ideas and develop skills in number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. Teachers aim to develop fully the talents and capabilities of all students by providing a challenging curriculum that is comprehensive, balanced and student-centred. We use the “Stepping Stones” program to help deliver a comprehensive and well-researched numeracy curriculum. It equips teachers with everything they need to accommodate mixed abilities in the classroom.
Our mathematics program aims to increase performance in mathematics learning for all students. We constantly monitor student mathematical achievement and use results to plan for your child’s learning needs. Where necessary, students might be given opportunities to participate in specially designed intervention programs to consolidate basic understanding in mathematics.
Science education provides a way of answering interesting and important questions about the world. The knowledge it produces has proved to be the basis for action in our personal, social and economic lives. Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems. At St Joseph’s we deliver our science curriculum through an integrated inquiry approach to the curriculum, which helps students make meaningful links between different domains of study and supports the exploration of ideas and themes.
The study of history, geography economics and business, and civics and citizenship gives students the opportunity to learn about people and their cultures and environments, in the past and the present. The humanities assist students to gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to understand themselves and their world.
At St Joseph’s your child will learn to plan, investigate and ask key questions, analyse data, form conclusions and present information in a variety of ways through integrated topics and projects.
The Arts are a vital part of primary school experiences, allowing your child to express his/her emotions, individuality, imagination and creativity. At St Joseph’s there are many opportunities for your child to participate in music, dance, drama and visual arts activities. We have a specialist Music teacher who conducts a one hour lesson with each class, weekly class assemblies and an annual end of year performance involving dance, drama and music. Through visual arts your child will be able to create artworks in different media, including painting, drawing, clay modelling, graphics programs, etc. There are opportunities for students to learn e.g. a musical instrument and/or participate in the school choir.
LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH (LOTE)
St Joseph’s offers the opportunity for students in Grade Prep-6 to learn Italian as LOTE. The study of languages is an integral component of a broad and balanced education for all students. At a time of rapid globalisation, learning a language is more important than ever. In learning a language, students develop communication skills and knowledge and awareness of other cultures. They come to understand social, historical and family relationships and the culture of the people who speak the language studied.
HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORT
St Joseph’s promotes the development of a healthy lifestyle by providing a well-organised and active environment in which students can participate in a wide range of sports and physical activity. As well as improving fitness, participation in sport and physical education develops a sense of fair play, self-confidence and an ability to work with others as part of a team.
Physical education is timetabled for all students from Prep onwards with a specialist physical education teacher. Opportunities are provided for students to participate in a large range of sports at school, district, zone, state and national levels.
Technologies ensures that all students benefit from learning about and working with the many forms of technologies that shape the world in which we live. This learning area encourages students to apply their knowledge and practical skills, and other resources to create innovative solutions that meet current and future needs.
Supporting Technologies learning is assisted by easy access to a range of technological devices including iPads, laptops, smartboards and Apple TV’s. All children have access to a personal iPad device from Grade 3-6. These various technologies enable your child to learn in engaging and effective ways, and to become connected, inquiry-focused, self-directed learners who shape the world for the common good.
GENERAL CAPABILITIES AND VALUES
General capabilities and values are explicitly taught and developed in Catholic schools, supporting students to manage their own wellbeing, relate well to others and make informed decisions about their lives. Students develop as citizens who behave with ethical integrity, relate to and communicate across cultures, work for the common good and act with responsibility at local, regional and global levels. These general capabilities encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that will assist them to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.