English at St George Preca is based on the Victorian Curriculum and is personalised to cater for each learner’s needs.
The development of English skills and understandings occurs through explicit workshops and focus groups as well as through play and project-based learning experiences.
The learning and teaching of English at St George Preca aims to create confident, creative and imaginative thinkers who can analyse, interpret and communicate with the world around them.
At St George Preca, the explicit teaching of mathematical concepts often occurs alongside play- and project-based learning. Mathematics is often taught in real-life, authentic contexts so that the learners develop deep and connected understandings. Students work on open-ended tasks so that the learning is personalised and challenges each individual.
The use of digital technologies at St George Preca Primary School provides students with tools to enhance their learning and enables them to:
- develop new thinking and learning skills that promote creativity and innovation
- develop more productive ways of working and solving problems individually and collaboratively
- create information products that demonstrate their understanding of concepts, issues, relationships and processes
- express themselves in contemporary and socially relevant ways
- communicate locally and globally to solve problems and to share knowledge
- understand the implications of the use of digital technologies and their social and ethical responsibilities as users of digital technologies.
eSmart is a guiding framework for schools to implement a whole-school culture and behaviour change relevant to the smart, safe and responsible use of digital technologies. eSmart helps teachers, students and the whole school community embrace the benefits of technology and reduce exposure to cyberspace risks such as cyber bullying, identity theft, online predators and inappropriate images and content.
St George Preca is in the process of gaining eSmart accreditation and we encourage everyone in the school community to continue to uphold and promote eSmart behaviours, at school and at home. If you are aware of any incidents of bullying, cyberbullying or risky online behaviour, please contact the Principal or our eLearning Teacher.
Learners at St George Preca Primary School have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of experiences related to The Humanities. This Learning Area focuses specifically on History, Geography, Economics and Civics & Citizenship.
EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
Learners in Years 3 to 6 undertake Educational Research Projects (E.R.P.s) which are based on curriculum content in areas such as The Humanities. These projects allow each learner to make some choices about the topic that they would like to research further (based on the learning intentions) and with teacher support, make decisions about how they would like to demonstrate their understandings. They provide opportunities for learners to take responsibility, investigate, research and make choices about their learning and develop many independent work habits.
At St George Preca, learning and teaching experiences associated with science nurture students’ natural curiosity and wonder. Opportunities are provided for students to develop an understanding of scientific concepts and processes and how these apply to our lives and the world in which we live.
Learning experiences endeavour to support students in developing an appreciation of the contribution that Science has made to our culture and society. Learners are exposed to biological (eg. living things), chemical (eg. solids, liquids and gases) and physical (eg.space and earth) sciences and are encouraged to ask questions and use scientific methods to draw informed, evidence-based conclusions. Many opportunities are given for exploration, discovery and investigation in order for students to make meaning of the world around them.
EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
Physical Education at St George Preca focuses on developing and maintaining the physical, mental, social and emotional health of our learners. There is emphasis on the importance of a physical activity and a healthy lifestyle for individuals and groups in our society.
Learners participate in sessions of Physical Education twice a week and are given the opportunity to participate in a range of individual and team-based activities. They progress from the development of basic motor skills to more complex movement patterns that form part of team games. Senior learners have opportunities to participate in inter-school sports days such as cross-country, swimming, soccer and basketball.
Learners at St George Preca have many opportunities to participate in Visual Arts experiences on a regular basis and are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination throughout all learning areas.
They also participate in fortnightly sessions of Visual Arts where explicit skills, techniques and concepts are taught. Learners are given opportunities to explore techniques, skills and processes using a range of materials.
They use their own experiences and creative ideas to plan, design and create a variety of arts works. Opportunities are provided for learners to interpret and respond to their own and others’ art work.
Learners at St George Preca have many opportunities to participate in Performing Arts experiences on a regular basis and are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination throughout all learning areas.
They also participate in fortnightly sessions of Performing Arts, including drama, music and dance, where explicit skills, techniques and concepts are taught. Learners are given opportunities to share and communicate their understandings and express themselves in a variety of different ways.
In Performing Arts sessions, learners are provided with opportunities to be creative and imaginative whilst learning skills, techniques, knowledge and processes. They are also encouraged to reflect on and respond to their own and others’ works.
Languages – Italian
At St. George Preca, all learners participate in learning a language. The current language provided at our school is Italian. Learning a language allows learners to further develop their communication skills and knowledge. It also allows students the opportunity to be immersed in another culture, experience another language and gain an understanding and respect of other cultures, their traditions and history.
During Italian sessions the students are engaged in various learning activities to facilitate speaking and reading Italian. Students participate in regular Italian sessions at St. George Preca.