Curriculum: We are an 'Organic Learning' school!

St Mel’s provides a well-resourced and linked curriculum that provides a dynamic and challenging learning opportunities. The school's curriculum provides for flexible learning experiences that enable students to experience success in their learning. Teachers are given opportunities to further develop good heutagogical practices in the teaching of all curriculum areas. We continually extend our thinking and provide opportunities for our students (and staff) to become both creative and critical thinkers, ready to face the challenges of an ever-changing world. We incorporate our school-developed Organic Learning process into our daily school practice and are becoming good at not just being problem solvers, but problem finders too. Learning excites us!

Key Learning Areas

http://syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/assets/global/files/parent_k-6_guide_web.pdfKey Learning Areas are broad groupings of subjects. There are six Key Learning Areas (KLAs) in the Board of Studies primary curriculum in New South Wales. Each KLA deals with the knowledge, skills and understandings that are relevant and appropriate for primary students. Subjects are organised in this way to help teachers to manage the scope of the primary curriculum and to ensure that students have access to a well-balanced curriculum. Catholic Schools teach a seventh area and that is Religious Education.


Religious Education

We at St. Mel’s Catholic School believe we are founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ and enlivened by the Gospel values. Doctrine contains the essential truths of the Catholic faith and the Scripture provides children with direction to learn about their faith and opportunities to examine their lives. Faith is developmental, unique and interconnected to life experiences and it is a part of culture, so we need to value and respect other religious traditions expressed in contemporary Australian culture. Parents and significant others are models for children’s faith development practice. 

Prayer in all its forms is a means of communicating and developing a relationship with God that leads to spiritual growth. Prayer, meditation and participation in the liturgical life of the Church are key elements of the Religious Education program. The Religious Education text, To Know, Worship and Love, is regularly used in the classroom and sent home. 


English

Students develop their language skills through activities involving speaking and listening, reading and writing, and viewing and representing. They learn about language and literature through working with a wide range of print, spoken, visual, media, multimedia and digital texts. Students experience a range of texts, including Australian works, multiculturalism, Aboriginality and Australian identity, and Asian perspectives.


Mathematics

The essential content for Mathematics is structured using one process strand, Working Mathematically, and five content strands:

• Number and Algebra
• Measurement and Geometry
• Statistics and Probability
• Working Mathematically



Science

Working scientifically and technologically are of increasing importance and integral to our rapidly changing world. Through questioning and seeking solutions to problems, students develop an understanding of the relationships between science and technology, and the significance of their contribution to and influence on society. Students become self-motivated learners through active participation in challenging and engaging experiences in order to develop innovative solutions.  



History

History as a discipline has its own methods and procedures. It is much more than the simple presentation of facts and dates from the past. History provides the skills for students to answer the question 'How do we know?' It also provides broader insights into the historical experiences of different cultural groups within our society and how various groups have struggled for civil rights, for example Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples, migrants and women.


http://k6.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/files/hsie/k6hsie_parents.pdf
Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)

In Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) students learn about history, geography, civics and citizenship. They investigate their personal and community identity, and gain an understanding of their nation and its place in the world. They learn to participate effectively in maintaining and improving the quality of their society and environment.

There are four strands:
• Change and Continuity
• Cultures
                                     • Environments
                                     • Social Systems and Structures

http://k6.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/files/pdhpe/pdhpek6_parents.pdf


Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. Students learn about the importance of good food and regular exercise. They learn how bodies grow and change over time. They learn skills to play individual and team sports, and the values of sportsmanship and teamwork.


http://k6.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/files/arts/K6_creatart_parent.pdf


Creative and Practical Arts

Creative Arts gives students experiences in the visual arts, music, drama and dance. They have opportunities to explore their creativity in each of these areas. They learn to appreciate the meanings and values that each artform offers. They perform and express themselves through the visual arts, music, drama and dance.



Additional programs that we offer:

  • Support for English as Additional Language/Dialect learners;
  • Intensive New Arrivals Program;
  • Special Education Programs;
  • Reading Recovery;
  • Gifted and Talented Programs;
  • Participation in UNSW International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS);
  • An exciting and innovative Transition program for Kindergarten;
  • Program Differentiation to cater for all children and their needs;
  • QuickSmart (Number Intervention) Program;
  • MultiLit (Making Up for Lost Time In Literacy) Program;
  • Phonemic Awareness Intervention Program;
  • Student Representative Council;
  • Better Buddies Program;
  • In class support from a variety of Teachers and Learning Support Officers (LSOs);
  • Sports Programs including: Tag Football, Cross Country, Swimming lessons, Soccer, Cricket and Athletics;
  • Chess, Drama, Choir, Technology and Gardening Clubs.