St Sebastian’s Primary School aspires to provide a challenging and motivating curriculum that builds on students’ knowledge and understandings of themselves and the world around them. Consistent with our Catholic ethos, our curriculum has a holistic approach to delivering excellent learning and teaching that aims to develop the whole child, preparing them to take their place in a rapidly changing world.The promotion of each student’s progress and achievement is regarded as everyone’s responsibility. Learning and teaching is visible and occurs when learning is the explicit goal and feedback is given and sought from both teachers and students. Both of these elements are pivotal in moving learning forward. Our teachers, staff and students all become actively and passionately engaged in learning. A shared language of learning is evident in all classrooms and effective practices are consistently implemented across the school.Students are encouraged, through active investigation in all areas of study, to unify rather than separate knowledge as they move from gaining of facts to understanding and developing broader concepts. Students become aware of why they are doing what they are doing and so develop a greater sense of control and responsibility for their learning. Skills such as careful observation, reasoning, problem solving, critical thinking and the ability to justify or refute existing knowledge are developed. Creative thinking and curiosity is stimulated in many ways.
The Australian Curriculum covers eight learning areas from Foundation (Prep) through to Year 6 in primary school:
Each teacher is responsible for the teaching of these Learning Areas. Specialist teachers teach Music (see also Extra-Curricular Music), Physical Education and Japanese.
The study of Literacy is central to the learning and development of all students at St Sebastian’s School. We aim to create confident communicators, imaginative and critical thinkers and informed students who can analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them.
Through our Mathematics learning, we aim to ensure that students: