Senior School Parent Information

In the Senior School, we encourage independence, organisation and resilience to facilitate a smooth transition into secondary school. An important part of this is working together towards a common goal that is geared towards the ever-changing twenty-first century learning environment.

 

2016 Parent Information Handout

CURRICULUM

The following information outlines the curriculum covered in the Senior School. All learning activities are planned in accordance with the Australian Essential Learning Standards (AusVELS).

ENGLISH

Reading

The aims are to develop a wide reading vocabulary, effective word attack skills, accurate comprehension, the ability to discriminate and infer, and to be fluent in oral reading. Activities will vary, however are likely to include comprehension, cloze activities, novel reading, newspapers and free reading; we endeavour to read to the students whenever possible.

The programme aims to develop a love of books and literature that will be life long. Activities may include book introductions, serial and poetry reading, activities integrated with music, art, social studies, drama, etc., choosing from a variety of genres, school library activities and regular book discussion groups.

Parents can help by reading to or with children, taking an interest in and reading their books, encouraging children to develop a daily reading habit, encouraging them to use the local library regularly and having and using a variety of literature books in the home. It is beneficial for parents to discuss a variety of aspects about a text focusing on character, setting, plot and theme.

Writing

Writing in a variety of genres aims to help students find a sense of achievement and enjoyment in their own writing. Writing, as a regular language activity, allows students to express themselves, as well as to learn correct expression and grammatical skills. Students write freely and then draft and redraft their work in consultation with the teacher and another adult.

Our goals include:

  • To develop familiar ideas, describe events and present information
  • To adjust writing to take account of aspects of context, purpose and audience
  • To control linguistic structures and features of basic text types such as stories, procedures, reports and arguments
  • To use a variety of strategies for planning, reviewing and editing
  • To use a range of strategies, knowledge and resources when spelling.

 

Speaking and Listening

Over the course of the year students are encouraged to develop their ability to plan, rehearse and present information within a number of different contexts. They take part in a range of activities designed to enhance their confidence when presenting. These focus on the content of their talk, the use of their voice, positive body language and their awareness of the audience. Students continue to develop their active listening skills by identifying key components of a speech and summarising for others. They are encouraged to share alternate viewpoints and extend ideas in a constructive manner.

 

MATHEMATICS

The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics is organised around the interaction of three content strands and four proficiency strands.

The content strands are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. They describe what is to be taught and learnt.

The proficiency strands are Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning. They describe how content is explored or developed, that is, the thinking and doing of mathematics. They provide the language to build in the developmental aspects of the learning of mathematics and have been incorporated into the content descriptions of the three content strands described above. This approach has been adopted to ensure students’ proficiency in mathematical skills develops throughout the curriculum and becomes increasingly sophisticated over the levels of schooling.

Number and Algebra

Number and Algebra are developed together, as each enriches the study of the other. Students apply number sense and strategies for counting and representing numbers. They apply a range of strategies for computation and understand the connections between operations. They build on their understanding of the number system to describe relationships and formulate generalisations. They recognise equivalence and solve equations and inequalities. They apply their number and algebra skills to conduct investigations, solve problems and communicate their reasoning.

Measurement and Geometry

Measurement and Geometry are presented together to emphasise their relationship to each other, enhancing their practical relevance. Students investigate properties of shapes and apply their understanding of them to define, compare and construct figures and objects. They make meaningful measurements of quantities, choosing appropriate metric units of measurement. Students build an understanding of the connections between units and calculate derived measures such as area, speed and density.

Statistics and Probability

Students recognise and analyse data and draw inferences. They represent, summarise and interpret data and undertake purposeful investigations involving the collection and interpretation of data. They assess likelihood and assign probabilities using experimental and theoretical approaches. They develop an increasingly sophisticated ability to critically evaluate chance and data concepts and make reasoned judgments and decisions, as well as building skills to critically evaluate statistical information and develop intuitions about data.

 

Information and Communications Technology

In the Senior School students’ focus on the task to be accomplished rather than on the technology they are using to do the work. Through the selection and application of appropriate equipment, techniques and procedures, they process data and information skilfully to create information products in forms that are meaningful for themselves and their audience.

 

Challenge Based Learning and Humanities

Science, Technology, Health and Physical Education may be taught independently, but are often covered through Challenge Based Learning - A program which challenges students to come up with practical solutions for local and global topics through inquiry learning. These units may also include Geography, Economics and History. The students are encouraged to develop the skills of locating material and presenting it logically. There will be opportunities to pursue topics of individual as well as group interest, together with teacher directed projects. The emphasis is on the acquisition of academic as well as social skills.

Inquiry Units of Work-:

Term 1           Biological Science

Term 2           Earth and Space

Term 3           Changing Landscapes

Term 4           Australian History

 

Sport

 Our Senior School Sports Programme follows the district and state calendar. Major events such as the Athletics, Cross-Country and Interschool Sports competitions take precedence with all students participating in school training. Students are given the opportunity to trial for various teams across a range of sports throughout the year. All Senior School students are given the opportunity to attend tryouts in Term 1 and 2 Interschool competitions in both summer and winter sports.

Senior School students also have the opportunity to experience a range of less familiar games such as European Handball, Rugby League and Lacrosse. These combine with a number of minor games to make for highly competitive, and very exciting, class and House competitions. 

As always Senior School sports requires the assistance and support of parent helpers for off-site and Interschool Competitions. Opportunities to assist will be made known throughout the year.

We recommend that parents who wish to nominate their child for the State Team Trials keep an eye on the weekly bulletin for dates and information.

The Interschool Sports Programme is co-ordinated by Luke Byrne. During events, students will primarily be transported to local venues by bus.

 

Changes (Sexuality Education)

All students in Senior School participate in a Sexuality Education programme in Terms 3 or 4. The program focuses on the physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty. A brief explanation of the session content and parental consent form is sent home prior to the programs commencement. If you have any concerns please contact Anna Johnstone for further information.

 

Bike Education

Bike Education is run for the Year 5 students. All students participate in theory and practical skill sessions at school. Students will require a suitable bike and helmet to participate in this course which is run by Elizabeth Syle (Year 5 Teacher). Towards the end of the year, students will participate in a bike ride via the Koonung Trail.

 

To find out more about the curriculum, please visit the AusVELS website. Level 5 Level 6

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