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Subjects

In K-5, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Information and Communication Technology are taught by the Homeroom Teacher.

Language and Personal and Social Education are an integral part of all subject areas and are therefore, a responsibility for all teachers.

Language

There are 3 strands in Language – Oral Language (Speaking and Listening), Visual Language (Viewing and presenting) and Written Language (Reading and Writing). Learning Outcomes are organized in developmental phases. The Programme of Inquiry provides an authentic context for learners to develop and use language. Wherever possible, language is taught through a meaningful, authentic context of the units of inquiry. Literature studies and specific reading skills are taught as stand-alone lessons.

Teachers are expected to:

 Promote integrated language development

 View writing as a process

 Focus on meaning when teaching reading and writing

 Use a literature-based approach when teaching reading

 Teach literature as a means of understanding and exploring

 Encourage students to select own books according to their interest level

    Mathematics

    There are 5 strands in Mathematics – Number, Shape and Space, Algebra, Data Handling and Measurement. Learning Outcomes are organized in developmental phases. Structured, purposeful inquiry is the main approach; however, there are times when students need to be given a range of strategies for learning Mathematical skills. Wherever possible, Data Handling and Measurement are taught through the relevant, authentic context of the units of inquiry.

    Teachers are expected to:

     Engage students in problem solving with real-life contexts

     Use a variety of strategies to encourage multiple solutions

     Use manipulative to make mathematics understandable to students

     Engage in mathematical conversation with students

     Encourage to make their thinking visible – focus on the process

     Incorporate use of journals to foster thinking and reflection

     Use calculators and computers for appropriate purposes

      Science

      Our Science program has four strands of study which are taught through the Units of Inquiry. The strands are: Living things, Earth and Space, Materials and Matter and Forces and Energy. The strands do not need to be taught each year and are developed throughout the program of inquiry. We encourage the students to act and think like scientists.

      Teachers are expected to create opportunities for students to:

       Observe carefully in order to gather data

       Use a variety of instruments and tools to measure data accurately

       Use scientific vocabulary to explain their observations and experiences

       Identify or generate a question or problem to be explored

       Plan and carry out systematic investigations, manipulating variables as necessary

       Make and test predictions

       Interpret and evaluate data gathered in order to draw conclusions

       Consider scientific models and applications of these models (including their limitations)

        Social Studies

        Our Social Studies program has five strands of study which are taught through the Units of Inquiry. The strands are: Human systems and economic activities, Social organization and culture, Continuity and change through time, Human and natural environments and Resources and the environment.

        Teachers are expected to create opportunities for students to:

         Learn how to ask compelling and relevant questions that can be researched

         Gain a secure understanding of their own identity and their place in the world

         Develop an understanding of other cultural groups and an appreciation of other ideas and beliefs

         Gain knowledge that is of genuine importance in understanding the human condition through the exploration of themes that have significance for all students in all cultures

         Gain conceptual understanding through participating in learning experiences that foster sensitivity, creativity and initiative, leading to socially responsible action

         Gain a sense of time and place in relation to their own experience and the experience of other people

         Gain an understanding of humankind’s role in, and dependence on, the natural and constructed world, and learn to apply this knowledge in responsible ways

          Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

          The use of ICT provides students with a range of tools to: store, organize and present their learning, find information and communicate with a wide-ranging audience. ICT is taught by the homeroom teacher and is used as a tool to support learning within the units of inquiry. Some activities will also support learning in other areas of the curriculum.

          Specialist Subjects

          Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education and Environmental Studies are taught by Specialist teachers.
          Read more about Specialist Subjects here.