Years 1 and 2
Following on from the beginning of formal education in Kindergarten, students in Years 1 and 2 are taught the following subjects:
Each class studies the Bible on a daily basis, following a set curriculum. The children learn to pray together and sing Christian songs. Each subject will be taught from a Christian perspective in which God and the Lord Jesus Christ will be seen as real, relevant and knowable.
- Reading focuses on enjoying and understanding quality literature, picture books and digital media. It involves ‘sounding out’ of increasingly complex words, increasing fluency and expression, and development of comprehension skills.
- Spelling is taught as children learn to read and write. In Years 1 and 2, students learn to: write the sounds that they hear in words; use more complex letter patterns, e.g. strain, brain; use their visual memory of words; identify and attempt to correct spelling errors, eg kryd/cried; and use word banks, theme words and picture dictionaries.
- In Writing, students learn about the structure and grammar of written language as well as how to hold a pencil correctly, how to write interesting, longer sentences and how to create digital texts.
- In Speaking and Listening students continue to develop their vocabulary, confidence and clarity in their Speaking and Listening skills as they engage in everyday conversations in the classroom, discussions and group problem solving in all curriculum areas.
- The study of Numbers focuses on the reading, writing, naming and ordering of numbers, including using and working with money.
- Number operations addresses addition, subtraction, two-dimensional and three-dimensional space, position, working with flat shapes, solid shapes and where something is placed in relation to other things.
- Measurement explores length, weight, area, volume and time.
- Students will learn to make and read Graphs.
- Problem solving involves students using mathematics, reading and thinking skills to develop ways of solving maths-related problems.
History and Geography
- Students investigate personal, family and community histories. In Geography, students learn mapping skills and investigate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island customs and perspectives.
Science and Technology
- Students develop a sense of wonder and expand their natural curiosity about the world around them through their understanding of, interest in and enthusiasm for Science and Technology. They develop competence and creativity in using the processes of Working Scientifically and Working Technologically in a range of hands-on scientific investigations and design projects.
Creative and Performing Arts
- Visual Arts involves exploring techniques such as painting, printing, creating tone and texture, and sculpting.. Often these activities are linked to studies in other areas of the curriculum.
- Music allows students to explore pitch, duration, beat and rhythm patterns through songs and the use of a variety of musical instruments.
Physical Education, Sport and Health
- Sport provides the opportunity for students to engage in activities that help them learn to work together and as well as developing their gross motor skills. Such skills include balance, spatial awareness, movement and ball skills. Until Year 2, all sporting activity is non-competitive.
- Health covers such areas as rules and safety in the classroom, school and family, hygiene, body parts, cyber safety, road safety and safety at home.