Curriculum

Programs (Curricula)
 
English
At St Joseph’s, there is a strong focus on developing children’s literacy using a variety of methods. 
Each student’s reading level is formally assessed every six months. Students also engage in national standardised testing in Years 3 and 5, i.e. National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), as well as Progressive Assessment Testing - Reading (PAT-R) in Year 2-6 in Term 4.
The English curriculum comprises three strands: Language, which develops knowledge of the English language and how it works. This covers spelling, punctuation, grammar and phonics; Literature, which covers understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature; and Literacy, which looks to expand the repertoire of students’ English usage through the creation of a wide variety of texts, both written and multi-modal.

Mathematics
The Mathematics curriculum covers mathematical skills and knowledge in three strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It focuses on developing mathematical understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills.
Students become active participants in challenging and engaging experiences, which encourages them to become self-motivated and confident learners.
As mentioned, students also engage in national standardised testing in Years 3 and 5, i.e. National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), as well as Progressive Assessment Testing - Mathematics (PAT-M) in Year 2-6 in Term 4.
 
Science
The Science curriculum comprises three strands: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills. Each year level comprises knowledge content covering chemical sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, and earth and space. Through practical applications, students are challenged to develop critical thinking skills and draw evidence-based conclusions about a wide variety of topics which nurture their natural curiosity about the world around them.
 
Humanities and Social Sciences
The Humanities and Social Sciences subjects provide a broad understanding of the world in which we live, and how people can participate as active and informed citizens with high-level skills needed for the 21st century. The shaded area of the following table indicates which subjects are taught in each of the year levels:
 
Sub-strands
 
Prep to Year 2
Years 3 and 4
Years 5 and 6
Inquiry Skills
 
  YES
 YES
 YES
History
 
 YES
 YES
 YES
Geography
 
 YES
 YES
 YES
Civics and Citizenship
 
 
 YES​
 YES
Economics and Business
 
 
​​
 YES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Technology and Computer Education
It is the aim of St Joseph’s Tobruk Memorial School to provide all children with ‘hands-on’ computer and other ICLT experience. While working with technology, children not only discover exciting new ways to learn, but also how to utilise the technology of the present, with a view to the future. We are also investing further in touch technologies, with iPads.
Computer education is not an isolated subject, but is integrated into many areas of learning. Our school has a well-established computer network, with multiple devices available in every classroom.  Each room has full wireless Internet access and children are able to access their work from any computer in the school. 
In addition to many desktop computers, banks of laptops and iPads add flexibility to classroom practice.  Interactive whiteboard/screens have been installed in every classroom.
The school has invested a large amount of money to ensure that the children at St Joseph’s have access to, and the ability to use, the latest technology. This investment is largely enabled by a Capital Levy that is asked of families.
 
The Arts
This Learning Area covers five subject areas, i.e. Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Drama and Media Arts. Both Visual Arts and Music are taught by specialist teachers. Drama, Dance and Media Arts are taught by class teachers and incorporated into units of work that link a number of subject areas together.
 
Our Visual Arts specialist, Mrs Mary McBride, conducts workshops and classes with children from Year 1 to Year 6.  Towards the end of each year the Prep children have orientation lessons in the Art Room to prepare them for the following year.  Every second year, Mrs McBride co-ordinates Artworx, which is a celebration and display of children’s magnificent art works.
 
Mrs Renuka Haran, is our Music Specialist. Music is taught to each class. Mrs Haran is also the
co-ordinator of the Choir, the Band, the annual Talent Extravaganza, the annual Musical Showcase and the Instrumental Music Program. The choir is open to children in Year 3 to 6. The choir performs for senior citizens, at school functions, and local events. The children are given every encouragement to use their musical talents for the enjoyment of the whole school community. In Term 2 there is a Talent Extravaganza, and in Term 4, there is a Musical Showcase for the enjoyment of the community. Children are encouraged to enrol in our Instrumental Music Program. Tutors are available at minimum cost for individual or small group lessons in violin, guitar, keyboards, drums, brass and woodwind instruments.  In 2015, 98 children were enrolled in the program.  Many of our tutors also teach their particular instrument(s) at neighbouring Trinity College, allowing continuity for our students.
 
Dance
Throughout Term 3, children complete a dance program, conducted by external provider, Creative Dance Industries. The cost of this program is included in school fee statements.
 
Health
Classroom teachers are responsible for the teaching of the Health component of the Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum. This subject incorporates the development of students’ skills, knowledge and understanding of health issues, in order to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage satisfying, respectful relationships.
 
 Physical Education (PE)
Mr Matthew Armstrong is our PE teacher. Each child is involved in some form of physical activity designed to help maintain an adequate level of fitness, to improve gross motor skills, to aid in the development of fine motor skills, and to introduce skills required for participation in leisure sports. It has been demonstrated that participation in physical activities will not only help to achieve these ideals, but that they also enhance academic achievement. PE is an integral part of the St Joseph’s curriculum.
 
Technologies
This Learning Area comprises two subjects,
i.e. Design Technology and Digital Technology. Content from these subjects is incorporated wherever possible into connected units of work with other learning areas.
 
Design Technology
This subject allows students to use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities.
 
Digital Technology
Students are able to use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions. This includes the use of coding.

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