OUR LADY'S WAY
At our school, the curriculum is designed to promote supportive and equitable teaching and learning environments in an endeavour to foster the development of the whole person. Our school provides challenging and diverse programs within supportive learning environments that are responsive to learner needs.
Curriculum is informed by our school's understanding of its Mission / Vision and relevant Diocesan guidelines, as well as National syllabus documents, to allow each student to have rich and authentic learning opportunities.
At Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, our curriculum covers the key learning areas of;
HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Teaching & Learning Cycles
The school’s curriculum is arranged so that each class from Prep to Year 6 has daily literacy and numeracy learning blocks. These learning blocks enable classroom teacher’s scope to implement the components of effective literacy and numeracy programs, including ongoing assessment, differentiated instruction, and student-centred, open-ended activities that encourage high-order thinking and provide opportunities for explicit literacy (approx 100-120 minutes) AND numeracy (approx 60-75 minutes) instruction within daily classroom routines.
The active teaching and learning models within literacy and numeracy learning blocks endeavours to raise the knowledge and skills required for effective instruction for all students, encouraging students to think about thinking, and is the key to improving student outcomes for all students.
As our school consists of several multi-age classes, more than 1 year level in a classroom, Learning Areas, except for Mathematics, are taught in cycles. All levels currently work on a two year cycle.
As a Catholic school, our religious character permeates all that we do, however, the study of Religious Education is also undertaken as a learning area, where students learn about the Catholic religion, and explore a religious way of living. From Prep to Year 6, we strive to provide learning experiences that will help the students to recognise “God is with us” – in ourselves, in others, and in our world. Our Religious Education curriculum is developed by Rockhampton Catholic Education in accordance with the National Catholic Education Commission and is designed specifically for use in the classroom teaching and learning of religion. It aims to enhance knowledge, skills and processes.
Each level receives an hour Physical Education lesson given by one of the teachers who has expertise in this area. Each teacher then follows-up this lesson some time during the week. In addition to our annual interhouse athletics, cross country and swimming carnivals, our students compete at various interschool carnivals.
All 11 and 12 year old students are given the opportunity to attend sporting trials for the Springsure & District representative teams.
STUDENTS ALSO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND DISTRICT TRIALS
EACH GRADE RECEIVES AN HOUR OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION PER WEEK
Students are encouraged to regularly borrow books from our school library. For the size of our school, the quality of our library is something we are proud of. Teachers will organise a library time each week for their class to exchange books. It is a requirement that the children use a library bag to keep their school library books in good condition and make them easier to find. Students may borrow as follows:
Prep – 1 book at a time
Years 1 to Years 4; 2 books at a time
Years 5 and 6; 3 books at a time
Lost or damaged books must either be – replaced or paid for. Donations to the library are always welcome.
Parent help is always appreciated with the processing of new materials. Any time you can spare would help in making the new materials available for our students.
Parents may order children’s books from Ashton Scholastic. The divisions are:-
Prep - Wombat
Years 1 and 2 - Lucky
Years 2, 3 and 4 - Arrow
Years 5 to 6 - Star
Your child will receive an order form each month. In addition to this all children will receive ‘Koorong Kids’, a religious based book club once a Term. If you wish to order any books you should return the order form and the money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, class and BOOK CLUB clearly marked. Any cheques should be made payable to Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School.