Teaching and Learning

Literacy

In this learning area our school embraces the RAISe strategies ensuring a dedicated learning time for the specific learning modes of reading, writing, viewing, listening and oral language. The teachers use the data obtained from learning activities and testing as a guide for their lesson planning. Where children are not succeeding extra support is provided through our Literacy Support Teacher who also supervises the Reading Recovery Programme. Classroom teachers in the junior school also have additional support provided by Educational Assistants.

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At Holy Rosary the teachers embrace a “hands-on “ approach to the learning of mathematics. Teachers attempt to differentiate the learning areas of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability to ensure progress at all levels. In Year 2 the children who have not mastered the early concepts of number are selected, following testing, to complete the EMU (Extending Mathematical Understanding) programme. This programme helps with the counting, place value and operations aspects which may lack some initial understanding and fluency.

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Health & Physical Education

In health education the children are exposed to the Friendly Schools Programme which is designed to build social skills, including resilience and a positive work ethic.

The children have a physical education lesson each week with a specialist teacher. They also have a class sport session which builds on the skills learnt but in a game situation. All classes participate in the athletics carnival and the upper classes compete in swimming events. The school is also involved in interschool swimming, athletics and cross-country.

Languages other than English

Students learn to communicate in languages other than English. They will gain an understanding of other societies and how their peoples interact. Beginning at Pre Primary level the children have one Italian session each week.

Science

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In the Science learning area students learn to investigate, understand and communicate about the physical, biological and technological world and value the processes that support life on our planet. They become critical thinkers by using evidence to evaluate the use of science in our lives.

Science is a specialist subject and each class from Year One have a 60 minute session in the Science Room each week. Pre Primary has the Science teacher visit their classroom for the lesson. The Primary Connections Programme provides the basis for imparting the science outcomes.

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The class programs develop the students' understanding of their cultural, geographic and historical contexts as well as the knowledge, skills and values necessary for active participation in life in Australia. This programme develops students’ understanding of how individuals and groups live together and interact with their environment. Students develop a respect for cultural heritage and a commitment to social justice, the democratic process and ecological sustainability.

Technology & Enterprise

The students will apply knowledge, skills, experience and resources to the development of technological solutions that are designed to meet the changing needs of individuals, societies and environments. Students become innovative, adaptable and reflective as they select and use appropriate materials, information, systems and processes to create solutions that consider the short and long term impact on societies and environments.

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In the Arts learning area, students develop creative skills, critical appreciation and knowledge of artistic techniques and technologies in dance, music and visual arts.

Music is a specialist area at Holy Rosary and our music specialist teaches music and its application to instruments and songs. In Year 5 the children are trained in choral performance and in third term they will attend the Performing Arts Festival. There is also a music programme which is conducted after school and many children throughout the school attend these lessons.