Religious Education is at the heart of teaching and learning. It informs and influences all learning and is the major integrating force within all Key Learning Areas. Religious Education includes learning experiences that will allow children to develop skills, values and attitudes that will help them to be active members of their faith community.
Through our teaching and living of the Catholic faith, we aim to pass on to the students an understanding and love of Jesus Christ, a respect for themselves as people of God, an awareness of others and their worth and a model for their lives based on Gospel values.
The school teaching and learning program in Religious Education is based on the Sydney Catholic Education Office curriculum. The CEO curriculum provides a framework for teaching called the Emmaus Process. This consist of four stages
- commences with the life experience of the students;
- incorporates Scripture, Doctrine and Tradition;
- leads the children to celebrate their faith; and
- is witnessed through the life children lead.
Teaching and Learning is based on 5 content strands. These are:
- Liturgical Year
The program provides teaching/learning opportunities for the children to develop values, attitudes, knowledge and understanding of our Catholic Faith.
At John the Baptist, the English curriculum is a major curriculum focus. It is based on the English K-6 Syllabus and the ESL Scales Document.
The wide range of Teaching and Learning strategies within the English block are designed to cater for all students’ needs and abilities. These strategies cover the three areas of Reading, Writing and Talking & Listening.
We believe literacy skills are best taught through modelled, guided and independent learning experiences, based on explicit teaching. We support a differentiated curriculum where the individual needs of students are catered for through a variety of approaches to teaching.
At John the Baptist, Mathematics is also a major curriculum focus. Students are taught to explore their mathematical thinking, understanding, competence and confidence in the application of mathematics, the promotion of their creativity, enjoyment and appreciation of the subject and their engagement in lifelong learning.
The Mathematics K-6 Syllabus is used as the curriculum document. The content of the Syllabus is structured using one process strand and 5 content strands: Number, Patterns & Algebra, Data, Measurement and Space & Geometry
At John the Baptist, teaching strategies in each strand are designed to:
- foster in children favourable attitudes towards, and stimulate interest in Mathematics;
- develop in children a sound understanding of mathematical concepts, processes and strategies and the capacity to use these in solving problems;
- develop in children the ability to apply their mathematical knowledge to analyse situations and solve real life problems;
- develop in children appropriate language for the effective communication of mathematical ideas and experiences;
- develop in children an appreciation of the place of technology and concrete materials in solving mathematical problems;
- develop in children the ability to use calculators and computers in a variety of ways.
Human Society and its Environment
Human Society and its Environment is the Key Learning Area in which students develop knowledge, understandings, skills and values and attitudes about people and their social and physical environments. The learning experiences are based on one or more of the following strands:
- Change and Continuity
- Social Systems and Structures
Teaching and learning strategies aim to develop:
- A knowledge and appreciation of Australia’s historical and geographical context.
- The children’s ability to participate effectively and sensitively in a multicultural society.
- Opportunities to develop the children’s understanding and respect for our cultural heritage
- Children’s confidence and a sense of responsibility in a rapidly changing world.
- Opportunities for the children to appreciate and enjoy a close relationship that exists between themselves and nature.
Science and Technology
Science and Technology involves the study of natural and made environments through investigating, designing and making and using technology. Each year, students participate in learning programs based on the following content strands:
- Built Environments
- Information and Communication
- Living Things
- Physical Phenomena
- Products and Services
- Earth and its Surroundings
These units will develop the skills in the learning processes of:
- Designing and Making
- Using Technology
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
PDHPE encourages an understanding and valuing of self and others, promotes physical activity and emphasises informed decision-making leading to effective and responsible action.
The content strands are:
- Active Lifestyle
- Games and Sports
- Growth and Development
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Personal Health Choices
- Safe Living
More specifically, the study of PD/H/PE is concerned with:
- physical, social, cognitive and emotional growth and development patterns
- the development and maintenance of positive interpersonal relationships
- the factors influencing personal health choices
- living and learning in a safe, secure environment
- the adoption of active lifestyle
- fundamental movement patterns and coordinated actions of the body
- skills that enable action for better health and movement outcomes
The Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus is used as the curriculum document.
The Content Strands are:
- Visual Arts,
- Dance & Drama.
Teaching and learning activities provide a range of social, historical and cultural art forms and music. Children are provided with opportunities to develop their skills in creating, expressing and appreciating the beauty of the world around them.
Learning experiences will provide children with the opportunity to:
- make art works
- appreciate their own works and those of others
- perform and organise sound
- listen to and discuss their own music and that of others
- make and perform drama
- appreciate their own dramatic works and those of others
- compose and perform dance.