The program of instruction followed at Rosalie Primary School covers the following learning areas:
- The Arts (Dance, Media, Drama, Music, Visual Arts)
- Health and Physical Education
- Languages (French)
- Society and Environment
- Technology and Enterprise
Specific programs are in place to operate across the whole school, selected classes and with individual children.
The English Curriculum is organised into three interrelated strands;
together these strands focus on developing our students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and listening. A coordinated and planned approach to literacy learning provides direction in planning for improvement.
The three strands are:
- Language- knowing about the English language
- Literature- understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature.
- Literacy – expanding the repertoire of English
At Rosalie, our teachers design learning experiences which support students in developing functional and critical literacy skills. Teachers are supported in working to meet the literacy needs of the students in their care.
Inquiry Learning Through History
In 2013 our priority of the ‘Thinking Classroom’ moved to Inquiry Learning through History and focuses on nurturing our students’ thinking skills while simultaneously engaging them through a variety of learning styles.
Although Inquiry Learning through History is a specialist subject, to develop a thinking culture within the school requires a whole school approach to explicit teaching of thinking skills to all learners, thus the basis of Inquiry Learning is logically a totally integrated inquiry approach.
Thinking skills empower the learner with strategies to engage in analytical, creative and critical thinking and to apply these skills in everyday life. Engagement, depth and rigour are essential characteristics of a curriculum that will motivate and interest students. This means challenging, meaningful and relevant activities that make the classroom an active centre of learning (Ralph Pirozzo, 2007).
The goal at Rosalie is to develop a thinking culture which encourages children to become autonomous life-long learners.
The focus for each year level in the Australian Curriculum is as follows:
Foundation: Personal and Family Histories
Year 1: Present and Past Family Life
Year 2: The Past in the Present
Year 3: Community and Remembrance
Year 4: First Contacts
Year 5: The Australian Colonies
Year 6: Australia as a Nation
Our Library Resource Centre houses our Library resources and Teacher reference materials. The Centre is manned by Mrs Betty Huggins and is managed by Mrs Kellie Chatburn. Mrs Chatburn works with each class in developing library and investigative skills.
Geography was introduced into the curriculum at Rosalie PS in 2014 as a separate subject in alignment with the Australian Curriculum implementation timeline. Teachers develop our students’ understanding of how individuals and groups live together and interact within their environment. Students work towards developing a respect for the environment, peoples, cultures and places that exist throughout the world.
Research and information skills are to be taught in Years 1-6 with:
- Intentional teaching of skills for students who require it
- Consideration given to learning styles and multiple intelligence
- Activities to challenge high achieving students
Science at Rosalie is an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of important concepts, processes and the practices used to develop scientific knowledge about science’s contribution to our society and its variety of applications in our lives. It is all encompassing of biological, physical and technological aspects of life. Through science education, children develop the ability to grow in knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about world issues. Through investigation, hands on learning, discovery, exploration and practical activities children at Rosalie develop a strong basis for science throughout their schooling.
The mathematics curriculum is structured into three content strands and four proficiency strands.
These content strands are:
- Number and Algebra
- Measurement and Geometry
- Statistics and Probability
The proficiency strands are:
- Problem solving
At Rosalie, students engage in learning experiences that develop their mathematical skills and knowledge. These experiences include valuable, practical and engaging strategies that help students develop into self-motivated problem solvers. A coordinated and planned approach to numeracy learning provides a direction in planning for improvement.
French program at our school is based on developing knowledge, skills and understandings to communicate effectively and appropriately in French language.
All students from Years 2 to 6 learn to communicate in French through LRS (Listening, Responding and Speaking),
VRR (Viewing, Reading and Responding) and Writing.
Years 2/3 is a beginning level, students demonstrate their understanding through repetition and simple response in French.
Years 4/5 demonstrate their ability to read simple texts with contextual and teacher support and identify main ideas and some supporting details.
Year 6 is an intermediate level, the students are consolidating and improving their listening and speaking skills and are able to write short texts on well-rehearsed and familiar topics.
The French program uses a range of strategies to stimulate students’ interest in language learning:
- Playing language games
- Learning rhymes and songs in French
- Reading books in French language
- Listening to bilingual stories
- We began using interactive white board program LANGUAGE NUT at the end of 2012 and were immediately impressed with the enthusiasm with which the students took to it. The program is getting used very successfully in our teaching and learning.