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Curriculum

Quality teaching has the greatest impact on student learning. The Australian Curriculum and Good News for Living Framework are delivered using considered pedagogy, based on student learning profile and local contexts. Teachers will work together as a ‘professional learning community’, building each other’s capacity through collaboration and carefully planned professional learning plans. Information around student learning is used when reflecting on practices for future planning purposes. It is our goal to deliver world class curriculum and assessment in local contexts based on good pedagogy, catering for differing learning styles and abilities. We rigorously promote teacher self-evaluation and reflection to improve our teaching practice in order to improve student outcomes.

Religious Education

Planning for Religious Education at St Brigid’s Catholic School is done according to the Archdiocese of Hobart Good News for Living curriculum. 

We aim to provide ongoing Christian formation appropriate to the child’s needs through a relevant and sequential Religious Education program. We believe it is important to provide opportunities for deeper understanding of the place of scripture, prayer, sacrament and liturgical celebrations in the church. Religious Education is a vital part of our curriculum and every child enrolled at the school is expected to participate as fully as possible. Class and school masses are celebrated at regular intervals and parents are encouraged to attend and participate. In support of the Good News For Living Framework staff also implement the ‘Making Jesus Real’ program which, in many ways is not a program, but a way of life – Christ’s way.

 

Kindergarten - Learning through play

Though not compulsory in Tasmania, Kindergarten is an important transition year for students who will start their formal schooling the following year in Prep. Play is integral to the Kinder program at St Brigid's, as it is through play that children develop basic life and learning skills. Creative and social play is encouraged, and children also enjoy movement to music, drama and art - helping to develop their gross motor, listening, confidence and social skills.  At St Brigid’s learning in Kindergarten is supported by the Early Years Learning Framework. The document is support by conclusive international research that suggests early childhood is a vital period in children’s learning and development.

Prep - Grade 6

At St Brigid’s key learning areas are integrated to enable teacher to make meaningful connections for students.  We believe this encourages them to engage in relevant activities that are connected to the real world.

 

English

At St Brigid's we place a strong emphasis on the development of literacy skills in all students. We do this through:

•  The implementation of the Australian Curriculum - English

•  Incorporating reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing into the literacy program

•  Common approach when teaching (whole-small-whole)

•  Using an agreed common language

•  A whole school approach and whole school dedicated time to spelling

•  Teacher modelling

•  Leadership and Peer observations

•  Walk-Throughs

•  Display boards for each grade level

•  ICT/multimedia resource provision.

Mathematics

In order to develop sound numeracy skills in students we:

   ▪   Teach Mathematics from the Australian Curriculum which provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability

   ▪     Embed learning activities with opportunities to develop mathematical proficiencies: understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning

   ▪    Provide whole and small group learning

   ▪    Provide opportunities for students to use maths in authentic and real life contexts using hand-on, concrete resources.

Humanities and Social Sciences

At St Brigid's we teach Humanities and Social Sciences from the Australian Curriculum.  This includes learning opportunities in History and Geography (Prep – Grade 6), Civics and Citizenship (Grade 3 – 6) and Economics and Business (Grade 5 - 6). Through the teaching of HASS we aim to ensure that students understand:

▪   Who we are, who came before us, and traditions and values that shaped societies

▪   How societies and economies operate and how they are changing over time

▪   The ways people, places, ideas and events are perceived and connected

▪   How people exercise their responsibilities, participate in society and make informed decisions.

Science

At St Brigid's we teach Science from the Australian Curriculum. Through the teaching of Science we aim to ensure that students develop:

  • an interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live
  • an understanding of the vision that science provides of the nature of living things, of the Earth and its place in the cosmos, and of the physical and chemical processes that explain the behaviour of all material things
  • an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods, including questioning; planning and conducting experiments and investigations; collecting and analysing data; evaluating results; and drawing simple critical, evidence-based conclusions
  • an ability to communicate scientific understanding and findings and to justify ideas on the basis of evidence.

Technologies 

 
At St Brigid's staff are currently developing their content knowledge Digital Technologies Curriculum. This will be implemented in 2017 and reported on in 2018. 

The Arts

Students engage in learning experiences in Visual Arts, Music and Drama.  At St Brigid’s we are fortunate to have a specialist teacher in Music one day a week.  External instructors are available to give individual piano, drum, violin and singing lessons either during or after school.  Dance is also part of a specialised program facilitated by external instructors.

Drama is incorporated in integrated classroom programs. Students learn how to investigate their world through devising plays, role-plays and imagined situations.  Appreciating drama provides students with opportunities to describe, reflect and analyse their own drama work and that of others. They do this by viewing, talking, reading and writing.

In Music, students develop knowledge, skills and understanding in performing music of different styles by singing, playing and moving, by organising sound into musical compositions using musical concepts. They also develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in listening to and discussing their own music and that of others.

Health and Physical Education

Physical Education and Health learning experiences encourage students to make informed decisions related to health and physical activity and develop positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.  

Sport skills and fitness are taught across all grades one day a week by a specialist PE teacher and ‘Daily PE’ is embedded in students daily timetable.

Extra-Curricular Activites

At St Brigid’s Catholic School, our students are encouraged to represent our school in organised sports teams.  Not only is school sport encouraged, but we promote an active lifestyle though local sporting clubs. 

Extra-Curricular In School Activities

Throughout the year, a variety of extra-curricular programs and activities are available to students. These include:

  •      Code Club
  •      Dance Fever
  •      Delta Dogs Reading Program
  •     'Can You Dig It?' Garden Group 

  •      Sports Intra-School Carnival Days

  •      Netball

  •     Choir

  •     Performances

  •     Student Leadership Opportunities and activities

  •     Cooking opportunities and competition events


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