Primary Teaching and Learning

Philosophy

The curriculum at St John Bosco College from Year One to Year Six is based on the Religious Education curriculum from the units of work as set out by the Archbishop of Perth, the Western Australian Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework “Belonging, Being and Becoming”. There is a balance between tasks based on the students’ interests and explicit teaching of the curriculum, with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy. Students will be provided with opportunities to develop their thinking skills by problem solving with real life situations using innovation, shared collaboration and digital technology. 

Image of the Student 

        • We believe that each student is a unique individual who needs to develop emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. 
        • We believe in building a respectful and nurturing relationship with each individual student so they feel valued and heard. 
        • We believe our actions, attitude and teaching nurtures students to apply Gospel teachings and values in all they do. 

The Learning Process 

        • We believe in engaging students in authentic inquiry based learning and open-ended tasks so they can reach their full potential. This enhances their ability to think and research, and to manage and be responsible for their own learning. 
        • We value the knowledge and understanding students bring to the classroom, resulting in higher levels of engagement, motivation and productivity. 
        • We recognise there is the need for a well-balanced program including explicit teaching, with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy. 
        • We believe that all students can be curious, creative, critical, reflective and independent thinkers. 

Environment 

        • We believe that the innovative learning spaces we create will inspire deep, purposeful and authentic experiences and develop a strong foundation and passion for life-long learning. 
        • We believe in creating a safe, contemporary, collaborative and technologically rich learning environment that focuses on a student-centered approach to learning. 
        • The College environment encourages collaboration and focuses on the students developing real-world skills as they discover the ‘Joy in Learning’. 

Partnership 

        • We believe that partnerships with students, families, staff and the parish are built on trust, respect and honesty. 
        • We strive to build relationships with families and other agencies, based on co-operation and a mutual respect for the reciprocal roles that each play in the lives of the student, recognising that families are the student’s first and most influential educators. 
        • We believe that partnerships with families provide us with invaluable information relating to each student and their interests, needs and cultural backgrounds. 

Community 

        • We believe that all members of our College community are equal contributors in creating a happy, safe and innovative learning environment that promotes continual growth and change. 
        • We believe in the importance of an inclusive community that embraces diversity. 
        • We acknowledge that all members of our College community are equal contributors in creating a happy, safe and innovative learning environment that promotes continual growth and change. 

 

Assessment Practices

Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment

Students in Years 3, 5 and 9 complete the Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment. This is a curriculum based assessment which reflects and supports the progressive nature of the K-12 Religious Education Units.

It focuses on students’ ability to recall content about the Catholic religion and to assess students’ knowledge and understanding of Religious Education. It does not measure students’ faith.

The intended purpose of the assessment is to provide individual schools with a snapshot of student performance in Religious Education.

View previous Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessments

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual national assessment of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. All students are expected to participate in the testing. They will be assessed in language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation), writing, reading and numeracy.

Learn more from the NAPLAN Online Parent Information Booklet

View example Year 3 NAPLAN Assessments

View example Year 5 NAPLAN Assessments

Enrichment

More Information will be coming soon.

Learning Support

Our Learning Support Team comprises a team of Teachers, Student Learning Support Coordinators and Education Assistants who provide support to students with additional needs with.

Many of these students require learning support and are on Curriculum Adjustment Plans which assist them accessing the mainstream Curriculum while some students have Individual Education Plans suited to their specific needs.

In conjunction with consultants at the Catholic Education Office, we provide students with support structures and services. It is also available to the general student in need of classroom support through referral by the teacher.

Physical Education

The Physical Education program in the Primary years at St John Bosco College aims to inspire our students and their families to live healthy active lives. We aim to provide students with the necessary skills to confidently participate in sport and recreational activities. Students spend two 50-minute sessions per week with a specialised teacher. The program aims to establish a sound base in fundamental movement skills and physical fitness. It allows students to explore the rules and strategies of games and sports and the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. Students are typically exposed to traditional and non-traditional sports in order to broaden their experiences.

Pre-Primary and Year 1

Students have a focus on skill development. Breaking down the skills into key teaching points and participating in partner, small group, and modified games to develop these. 

Year 2 and Year 3

Students are introduced to modified and small sided games based on the major team sports. Students can then start implementing the skills in game situations.

Year 4 to Year 6

The Year 4 to Year 6 students focus on taking the skills learnt in the younger years and applying them to a range of sports.

 

House Sport Events

        • Swimming – Year 4 – Year 6
        • Cross Country –Year 1 – Year 6
        • Bosco Athletics  Carnival – Kindergarten to Year 6

Catholic Association of Primary School Sports (CAPPS)

        • Swimming – Year 4 – Year 6
        • Winter Sports (Soccer, Football, Volleyball and Netball) – Year 6
        • Cross Country –Year 3 – Year 6
        • Athletics Carnivals – Year 3 – Year 6
        • Summer Sports (Modcrosse, Handball and League Tag) – Year 6
        • Cricket – Year 6

 

 

The Arts

Choir

Our St John Bosco Junior and Senior Choirs offer an opportunity for students to harness their love for singing. Rehearsing once a week in the Dance and Drama Studio, located in the Savio Arts and Design Technology Learning Centre, students in Year 2  and Year 3 join Miss Woodward for Junior Choir with 40 minutes of movement, singing, sol-fa, canons, games, and lots of fun.

Students in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 are exposed to more intricate repertoire with two-part harmonies, sol-fa and inner-hearing training, and diction. Students are taught about choral singing techniques as well as how to follow a conductor and enjoy part-work songs and games to train the inner-ear.

Dance

The Bosco Junior Dance Team is an extracurricular dance group for students in Year 5 and Year 6. Students learn fun and upbeat dance routines to be performed at both College and Community events such as the Catholic Performing Arts Festival.

Liturgical Singing

Students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 enjoy an energy-filled 50 minutes once a week with Miss Woodward in the Assembly Space for Liturgical Singing. Weekly repertoire is balanced between reverent hymns and upbeat worship songs to keep the joy of God alive in our students each week. Students are exposed to group-work on a larger scale when singing canons and folk songs during warm-ups and utilise some choral techniques to develop proper diction when singing as part of a larger group.

Liturgical Singing is held in two blocks, one for students in Pre-Primary to Year 2 and the other for Year 3 to Year 6 where the repertoire is catered separately for our younger singers and their voices.

Music

In Pre-Primary to Year 6, all students undertake a Music Specialist class once a week. Music with Miss Woodward is always a fun-filled and active space where students are exposed to a range of Kodály methodology and Orff strategies. The Music Studio is located in our Savio Arts and Technology Learning Centre and offers an open space for games and activities as well as an extensive range of djembes, xylophones, ukuleles, tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments and much more. Students are taught from a young age how to utilise the primary instrument; their voice and as students progress, they are exposed to age-appropriate folk songs and dances from around the world to learn from and analyse in later years.

Students use cups, sticks, body percussion and untuned percussion instruments for rhythmic development and from the strong vocal foundation comes a well-rounded approach to reading and understanding music. Students in Year 3 onwards love working toward their next recorder karate belt and other projects include music reviews, cultural investigation reports, soundscapes, ensemble performance, instruments of the orchestra and much more.

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