Curriculum

The learning environment at St John's Primary School is organised to cater for the various learning styles of the students and to allow the children to experience a stimulation curriculum covering the key learning areas contained the Curriculum.

To find out more about our curriculum please click on the list items below:

Kindergarten

Kindergarten at St John's is an exciting and enriching beginning to school.

Children are eased into the school routine and environment through a specially designed transition program which engages children in learning through play.

During the beginning weeks of Kindergarten, children learn to socialise, listen to and interact with their peers and teachers in a fun and welcoming environment.

Throughout the year they learn new skills and concepts, using their imagination as they explore the world around them.

Kindergarten provides children with the opportunity to develop their skills and understandings as they begin to read and write, learn new things and develop new friendships in a safe and happy environment.

Stage One
Year 1
Moving from Kindergarten into year one is a wonderful and electrifying time with new and exciting adventures throughout the year.

In Year One, we learn about different things such as the past and the present and features of places with interesting excursions. This is a time to build on skills and understanding, continue the learning of new concepts and further development of friendships that have been fostered throughout Kindergarten.

Year 2

Year 2 at St John's Primary School is a busy year that readies the children for the transition from infants to primary.

Each term throughout the year the Year 2 students have a focal centre which is created from our integrated history and geography unit.

This is combined with stimulating science topics which generate a wonderful learning environment. In Year 2 the foundation of positive attitude to all learning is reinforced as it has been from Kindergarten.

Year 3/Year 4
Year 3
Year Three is the beginning year for students in Stage Two. It is an exciting and enjoyable year for students with many interesting excursions, activities and events.

Throughout the year students will have the chance to participate in academic competitions including Mathematics, Science and English.

All Year Three students sit for the NAPLAN assessment test. This is a national assessment which measures students' ability in basic numeracy skills and literacy skills.
Each term we have a focus which is generated from our integrated history and geography topic. These units are integrated with our English program where we focus on speaking and listening skills which lead us into developing our writing skills.

Year 4
Throughout the year students are involved in many extra curriculum sports. They will have the opportunity to participate in NRL and AFL sporting activities. In Year 4 participation is high in cross country and regional sporting events.

Excursions are also a wonderful part of being in Year 4. They are connected to the integrated history and geography units of work so that the children can have 'first hand' experiences. These units are closely connected to our literacy units.
 
Children also have the choice of participating in academic competitions in Mathematics, English and Science.

Year 5/Year 6

Year 5
Year 5 students will have the opportunity to be engaged in many learning experiences that enable the children to see the world in a variety of ways.

All Year 5 students sit for the NAPLAN assessment test. This is a national assessment which measures students' ability in basic numeracy and literacy skills. For most students this will be the second time that they have sat for the NAPLAN test. The results of NAPLAN allow us to measure the growth of individual students and track the improvement of the cohort.

Information that we gain in NAPLAN coupled with teacher assessment and evaluation allows us to target the needs of the students in our care.

In Year 5 we continue to build awareness of Mathematics in our lives through solving problems and working together. We also deeply develop literacy skills aiming to take our students to the next level.

Year 6
The students in Year 6 at St. John's will have memorable year. Not only will they have the opportunity to develop skills in leadership, but the children will build their confidence in their ability as young men and women who have much to offer the wider community.

One key experience and a highlight of the year is attending the three day camp. This enriching (yet challenging camp) is certainly not one to be missed.

In Year 6 our units of work are exciting and become more challenging. We aim to prepare our students for the demands of High School by helping them to each reach their potential in all aspects of school life.

Sports Carnivals

Each year the school holds an Athletics Carnival where all colour teams compete against each other. However, despite the obvious competition involved, we strive to uphold our Gospel Values. While winning teams are presented with awards, individual achievements are also acknowledged with ribbons given out for first, second and third place winners. Sports carnivals are always fun days for children, teachers and cheering parents alike. Students of the school are encouraged to support their teams during such carnivals by adding team colours to their sports uniform. There are four Colour Teams: Red, Blue, Green and Gold.

Learning to Swim Program
Every year a 10 day Swimming Program is conducted at Lidcombe Pools. It is expected that every child from Kindergarten to Year 6 participates in this program. This is considered an essential aspect of Physical Education within the school curriculum.

Creative Arts
Creative and Practical Arts education is a complex teaching/learning process which includes the spiritual, physical, intellectual, aesthetic, creative, social and emotional development of students. It is essentially developmental and provides a balanced curriculum.

We aim to provide exciting opportunities for our students to experience all of these aspects through Creative and Practical Arts.

We believe our community is enriched by the many creative, artistic and expressive and diverse cultural backgrounds. We believe that through the experiences that Creative and Practical Arts provides, the children will experience alternative opportunities to achieve success and celebrate their gifts and skills. These experiences can lead to self discoveries which can assist the children to make choices about vocations, careers and leisure time activities.

Through the Creative arts we can explore, express and understand the values and beliefs we share. This understanding leads to the creation of a more just, compassionate and peaceful school community.

We believe that through the experiences that Creative and Practical Arts provides, the children will experience alternative opportunities to achieve success and celebrate their gifts and skills. These experiences can lead to self discoveries which can assist the children to make choices about vocations, careers and leisure time activities. Through the Creative Arts we can explore, express and understand the values and beliefs we share. This understanding leads to the creation of a more just, compassionate and peaceful school community.

At Saint John’s the teaching of Creative and Practical Arts includes not only visual art but also dance and drama.

Information Technology
“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow." John Dewey

At St John's Primary we demonstrate a strong commitment to Information Technology. We place emphasis on incorporating learning technologies throughout all the Key Learning Areas. We provide our school community with access to computers and peripheral technologies, school based professional development, teacher support, and on-going resourcing.At St. John's we believe that:
  • Technology education provides children with the skills to investigate, design, produce and evaluate their work.
  • Technology gives children a chance to succeed at their own level and showcase their talents in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.
  • Technology embraces all aspects of our lives – cultural, social, environmental and economic. Technology Education will prepare children for a future, which is ever changing.
Computers and their peripherals, including digital cameras and scanners, are used as tools allowing the students to extend their learning. A variety of applications including word processing, electronic communication, desktop publishing, multimedia, graphics, databases and spreadsheets provide students with a number of options in relation to researching and showcasing their work.

A bank of laptops and iPads are in each stage, which students have access to on a regular basis, support the networked computers in every classroom. Students and teachers use the World Wide Web as an information resource through to a communication tool. File and print sharing has increased access to some software and printers.

Technology Education has no boundaries. It provides the opportunity for children to use a diverse range of electronic creative mediums.