Classroom teachers will continue to implement the units of work required by the Archbishop to be taught in Catholic schools. Parents will be sent a letter at the beginning of each new unit of work explaining what the unit of work is about.
Religious Education classes are programmed for each day and children are assessed on their knowledge of what is taught in these classes. We will continue to have at least two whole school Masses each term and our Parish Priests, Fr Darek and Fr Francis will visit classes as well as celebrate class Masses or Prayer Services each Thursday.
Hopefully, parents and children will discuss aspects of the Religious Education content to reinforce at home what is being taught in the classroom. It is of vital importance that parents model our Christian faith through good example, prayer and regular participation in the Sacraments, particularly Sunday Mass.
Students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in the Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment.
The NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy) results for all children in Years 3 and 5 are thoroughly analysed each year and staff adapt their programs where necessary as part of raising academic standards. Class programs will focus on attempting to meet the developmental needs of individual children. Children in Pre Primary will participate in the Department of Education on Entry Assessment on-line testing at the beginning of the school year.
The spelling program “Words their Way” is used in Years 3 – 6.
Reading Recovery, introduced in 2009, will continue with two trained teachers in the program.
To cater for individual differences there will be different content and learning strategies as well as assessments for children in any class. First Steps Mathematics will continue to be used across the school and in an attempt to better cater for the diversity of Maths knowledge in each year level, children will be ability grouped for Maths lessons.
Switch Maths operates in Years 5 and 6 and only in the Number strand (3 days a week).
Maths will be taught by the classroom teacher in Years 1 to 4.
Technology and Enterprise
The development of Technology and Enterprise Outcomes continues to be important for children across all year levels. Children focus on the technology process, technology skills and enterprise where information, materials and systems are used in practical ways to solve problems and assist learning.
Computers in the school are upgraded every four years and other equipment such as iPads, digital cameras, electronic whiteboards and multi-media projectors are used by staff and students in ways that suit their phase of development. Interactive whiteboards operate in all learning areas.
From Years 1 to 6 students will be involved in the Primary Connections Science Program.
There is an on-going focus on promoting regular exercise as well as the development of sound sporting skills and participation in a wide variety of sporting pursuits. This is achieved through class daily fitness, excluding Wednesdays, for ten minutes, weekly physical education classes with specialist teachers and class sport sessions. There is also a busy sporting calendar of school based and interschool carnivals with an emphasis on participation, enjoyment and achievement.
LOTE - Indonesian
The LOTE program at St Simon Peter aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:
- communicate in the target language
- extend their literacy repertoires
- understand language, culture, learning and their relationship, and thereby develop an intercultural capability in communication
- develop understanding of and respect for diversity and difference, and an openness to different experiences and perspectives
- develop an understanding of how culture shapes world views and extend their understanding of themselves, their own heritage, values, culture and identity
- strengthen their intellectual, analytical and reflective capabilities and enhance their creative and critical thinking skills
- understand themselves as communicators.
Students are introduced to themed termly topics with specific learning intentions. Assessment incorporates a student's ability to converse in Indonesian both orally and in written form, as well as establishing a vocabulary base. Extension opportunities are available for some students to compete in State language competitions.
The Indonesian program introduces students to how Indonesians live their life through a rich and historical culture. Indonesian culture is explored through food, batik, dancing, singing, games, religion, celebrations, puppetry and music.