Primary teachers do not see learning as something that can be neatly boxed into separate subjects.
They know, for instance, that when a child is working with a group on a science experiment, he or she might well be questioning and explaining, writing down observations, drawing graphs, calculating results, consulting references and so on.
Key Learning Areas
Learning at Holy Trinity is often integrated across several curriculum areas. The curriculum taught is the same as government schools, although there is a strong religious element. The seven Key Learning Areas (KLAs) taught at Holy Trinity Primary each deals with the knowledge, skills, understanding, values and attitudes that are relevant and appropriate for primary students.
- Religious Education
Our Religious Education program Sharing Our Story is integral to all that we do within our school. We aim to lead the students to a better understanding of their own Catholic tradition and emphasise the influence of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of the students.
In English, students develop knowledge, skills & understanding of English language and literature which has a wider role as a means of learning in all Key Learning Areas.
Students analyse & solve problems in the areas of space, measurement and number. Maths also involves the study of patterns and relationships, and provides a means of communication.
- Science and Technology
Students are given opportunities to learn about natural and man-made environments by engaging in scientific and technological activity. Students investigate, design, make and use technology.
- Human Society and Its Environment
Human Society deals with the interactions of people with one another and with the social, cultural and physical environments.
- Personal Development, Health & Physical Education
This KLA helps students develop self esteem, social responsibility, personal fitness and the ability to make informed decisions about health and lifestyle.
- Creative Arts
Creative Arts includes the artforms of dance, drama, visual arts and music. Learning in these art forms engages students in developing their abilities to make works and appraise their own works and that of others. A specialist music teacher is available for all students three days a week.
Our School Plan
Teachers are encouraged to cater for individual differences in all areas of learning.
Due to the highly multicultural student population, all teaching occurs using an ESL perspective. There is a very strong emphasis on the teaching of English, and in primary grades children are grouped across grades for specific skills. For the past two years, there has been a very strong emphasis on the teaching of literacy and the improvement of students’ literacy standards.
We are a Smarter Schools National Partnerships Literacy School and this plan addresses the three reform elements:
- effective, evidence-based teaching
- strong leadership and whole school engagement in literacy
- monitoring school and student performance to identify when support is needed
Analysis of NAPLAN data has informed our School Action Plan.