At St Joseph’s, the student is at the centre of our learning agenda. Each child’s needs are considered when planning the learning program.
Students are challenged to build on what they know/what they can do. We prepare our students for participating in the 21st Century, living out Catholic values and making a positive contribution to their world.
Each student in Years 2 to 6 have their own Chromebook, which ensures that they have many opportunities throughout the day to engage in the digital learning of today's world. Kindergarten and Year 1 students use iPads to support their learning and skills in the use of technology.
Key Learning Areas
Literacy and Numeracy are pivotal to all learning. They are the key to enhancing lifelong opportunities for each and every individual. In order to help children to overcome social, cultural and economic disadvantage, knowledge, skills and understandings in Literacy and Numeracy are central, and provide them with the most appropriate skills to participate fully in our democratic society. It is therefore critical that each student has every opportunity to learn to become fully literate and numerate across all Key Learning Areas.
The system Strategic Intent acknowledges the critical role of literacy and numeracy in enhancing the lives of the students in its schools, and the need to constantly strive to improve their literacy and numeracy outcomes.
This involves the strands of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing. St Joseph’s uses the CEDP Focus 160 Success Criteria of 100 minutes of Literacy per day.
Purposeful Talk: involves students engaging in scaffolded purposeful talk opportunities in order to enable them to talk their way towards new concepts and understandings. They actively listen to one another, share ideas, consider and evaluate alternative viewpoints in all tasks across their day.
Daily Read Aloud to Students: involves students listening as teachers model proficient reading skills and share their love of quality literature.
Daily Shared Reading: involves students engaging in explicitly-planned and focused shared reading, re-reading or viewing sessions that have a specific learning intention
Small Group Reading Instructional Practices: involves students working with the teacher in small groups on texts that meet their particular learning needs. This may be Guided Reading, Reciprocal Teaching or Readers’ Circle.
Daily Independent Reading: involves students reading and re-reading a wide range of texts.
Daily Modelled Writing: involves students actively engaging with teachers to jointly construct texts with a clear purpose and audience.
Guided Writing: involves students in needs-based groups that provide opportunities for guided practice of targeted skills and strategies. Independent Writing: involves students constructing texts for a wide range of purposes, audiences and contexts.
Concepts taught in Mathematics include number, space & geometry, data, measurement, patterns & algebra.
St Joseph’s follows the CEDP Focus 160 Success Criteria of 60 minutes of Numeracy per day. Students engage in:
- a number warm up
- rich, open tasks and investigations
- working in flexible groups and structures
- articulating and reflecting on their thinking and strategies
Science & Technology
This includes the learning processes of investigating, designing, and making and using technology.
History and Geography
This is arranged in four strands - Change and Continuity, Environments, Cultures, Social Systems and Structures.
Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (including Sport)
We have a specialist Physical Education teacher who teaches each class for one hour per week.
Students have the opportunity to participate in a vast number of sporting experiences, including our Annual Sports Carnival, Swimming Carnival, Cross Country, local and regional sporting gala days and gymnastics.
This comprises the areas of Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama.
Students have the opportunity to be involved in the school ensemble, choir and other musical performances.
- This is a focal point of the school – a centre for school resources.
- The school library is instrumental in effectively supporting our learning environment.
- Parents are welcome to use the library with their children.
- The students borrow from the library each week and our students participate in the annual Premier’s Reading Challenge.
- An annual Book Fair is held where families are able to buy books for their own purposes.
- A number of times a year Bookclub order forms will be sent home. There is no obligation to buy books. Orders and payment must be finalised through an online order process.
Come and see learning in action at St Joseph's Kingswood!
We’d love a chance to show you how learning works for young people in our school. Our dedicated teachers plan the learning in detail to help each child do his or her best.