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 Curriculum

The School Curriculum, in its fullest sense, encompasses all of a student's school life experiences.  Brisbane Catholic Education Centre directs that schools will offer the Education Queensland syllabus in eight Key Learning Areas.  In addition the Brisbane Catholic Education syllabus for Religious Education, which is designed in the same structure as the Queensland Studies Authority syllabus documents, is also used.  The nine Key Learning Areas are:
 
Religious Education
English
Mathematics
Science
Technology
Studies of Society and the Environment (SOSE)
The Arts
Health and Physical Education
Cultural Literacy and Languages (CLL)

Religious Education, and the values contained therein, is the most significant Key Learning Area and permeates all Key Learning Areas studied at the School.

 
KEY LEARNING AREAS (KLAs)

Each Key Learning Area aims to develop in students significant skills, knowledge and attitudes.  These include:

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The teachers aim to develop in the children a sound knowledge of the teachings of Jesus as these have been passed on to us in the Catholic Church.

At the same time, teachers, in partnership with families, try to help children to live in a way that is consistent with those teachings, especially as they apply to their everyday lives.  Teachers do this by enabling the children to reflect on their own experiences and by helping them to let the light of the gospel shine on those experiences.

The School places great emphasis on celebrating the significant faith events in the Church's calendar.  The partnership between parents and teachers is crucial to the ongoing faith development of children.

Part of Religious Education is the pastoral attitude we bring to our School. This is supported by our parish clergy through the celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation with the School community and their general interest in and support of the school.

Refer to Religious Education Curriculum tab for more information.

ENGLISH

The English curriculum involves developing the skills needed to read widely with understanding and enjoyment; to spell accurately; to write grammatically in a variety of forms; to understand the function of language; to listen and communicate effectively in a variety of situations and to critically assess a variety of media.

MATHEMATICS

In the primary school, Mathematics involves learning the basics of number, space and measurement; developing calculating, reasoning, predicting and verifying skills; and gaining a foundation for future Mathematics studies.

SCIENCE

In Science children learn skills of inquiry, investigation and problem solving.  They gain knowledge and understanding about the natural and modified environments and people's interaction with these environments.

TECHNOLOGY

The curriculum area of Technology is combined as necessary with other Key Learning Areas. Technology involves envisioning and developing products that meet human needs and wants. It provides opportunities for students to respond to design challenges in a diverse range of contexts by ‘working technologically’— that is, they are challenges or situations, problems or tasks that have a technology demand requiring students to make cognitive and practical responses that draw on their technology knowledge.

STUDIES OF SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT (SOSE)

This curriculum area involves developing investigation, communication and social skills; gaining knowledge and understanding about the history of Australia, its geography, social institutions and place in the world; developing a commitment to maintaining and/or improving the environment; exploring, comparing and appreciating religious and moral beliefs and values; and learning about other cultures.

THE ARTS

This involves developing technical competence and skills of designing and performing.  The Arts curriculum also aims to enable students to appreciate and give self-expression to visual and practical arts, which include drama and music.

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The key learning area provides a foundation for developing active and informed members of society, capable of managing the interactions between themselves and their social, cultural and physical environments in the pursuit of good health. Active engagement in physical activity is a major emphasis in the key learning area. This emphasis recognises that participation in physical activity promotes health and acknowledges the unique role of physical activity as a medium for
learning.

CULTURAL LITERACY AND LANGUAGES (CLL)

Languages other than English are a means of communicating across cultures and promoting socio-cultural understanding and competence. Languages prepare learners for meaningful, productive lives in a culturally and linguistically diverse society and world and help learners relate positively to the richness of human diversity.

Currently CLL within our school is that of Japanese and operates in year 5 -6.