The development of the Australian curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12 is the responsibility of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
It acknowledges that the needs and interests of students will vary, and that schools and teachers will plan from the curriculum in ways that respond to those needs and interests.
St Columba’s School Curriculum
At St Columba’s, learning is facilitated through a developmental approach that emphasises, explicit instruction, cooperative learning, inquiry and the use of technology. We provide a relevant, comprehensive and varied curriculum to suit a wide range of student needs, interests and abilities
The Australian Curriculum and Explicit Instruction philosophy underpins the English programme. English is seen as holistic; each mode of English - reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing - supports and enhances overall language development in all subject areas. English learning takes place through interaction in meaningful activities.
In Mathematics, students learn to use ideas about number, space, measurement, chance and problem solving. Mathematics assists learning across the curriculum. Students manipulate concrete materials in order to develop understandings. Stepping Stones Maths is used to provide continuity across classes.
In the Science programme students learn to investigate, understand and describe the physical, biological and technological world. A science programme called 'Primary Connections’ has been introduced into the school. This programme provides for a hands-on and Literacy approach to science learning. In Years 4 to 6, science is facilitated through a STEM approach.
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) enables students to understand how individuals and groups live together and interact with and within their environment. Students develop a respect for cultural heritage, and a commitment to social justice, the democratic process and ecological sustainability.
The Health and Physical Education learning area focuses on the physical, mental, emotional and social development of the student. A range of sporting opportunities and programmes is offered. Students are involved in an athletics carnival and a swimming carnival for Years 4 – 7.
The Arts curriculum may include dance, drama, media, music, visual arts and combinations of these forms, integrated across other curriculum areas. The arts are a vital part of our communication and so we provide the students with many opportunities to express themselves and to have their work appreciated both within and outside our school community.
Technologies In an increasingly technological and complex world, it is important for our students to develop knowledge and skills to analyse and creatively respond to design and digital challenges. The Technologies curriculum provides students with authentic challenges that foster confidence, persistence, innovation, creativity and co-operation. Technologies helps students to be capable of actively and ethically communicating and collaborating.