Curriculum

The curriculum at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish School aims to meet the needs of each individual child.

We offer a diverse and stimulating curriculum with nine key learning areas. We specialise in Physical Education, Japanese, Music, with Literacy and numeracy skills emphasised at all year levels. Information and Communication Technologies are integrated across all areas of learning.

Our programs are developmental across the years with a particular emphasis on knowledge and skills. The teaching and learning program at our school aims to provide a broad and relevant education that is appropriate to the learning needs of each student.

The school follows the South Australian Curriculum Standards and Accountability Framework. The Australian Curriculum will be introduced into the school over the next 2 years.

The nine Key Learning areas are:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • The Arts (Music and Drama)
  • Languages (Japanese)
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Society and the Environment
  • Design and Technology

Religious Education

As a Catholic school, we offer a religious education in the Catholic tradition which includes studies in the tradition, history, saints, Scripture, prayer, liturgy, Sacraments, liturgical seasons.

We have regular opportunities for mass and prayer. Parish based Sacrament formation is supported by the school and details are advertised each year.

Learning

Our school works according to the following principles of learning:

  • Learning is a complex task.
  • Learning is a process of putting together knowledge.
  • Learning is not always in a straight line – it involves learners extending, elaborating, reorganising, reformulating and reflecting upon their own knowledge
  • Learning occurs in a context.
  • Learning involves the learner communicating questions, reasons, explanations, judgements, ideas in a variety of ways.
  • Learning involves developing knowledge, skills and dispositions.
  • Learning is exciting, challenging, and different for everyone.
  • Learning is life long and involves many different opportunities.

At our school you will see your children involved in ...

  • Formal and informal lessons
  • Inside and outside activities
  • Paper work
  • Book work
  • Poster work
  • Model building
  • Using the computer and internet
  • Working individually, pairs and groups,
  • Working with and without an adult
  • Working independently and interdependently
  • Working on teacher directed tasks and self-directed tasks
  • Children owning their work and progress, setting their own goals, being involved in extra activities and extending their learning

Assessment/reporting

A continuous process is used to ensure families are informed about student development in all areas of study.

A formal parent/teacher meeting is held in Term 1 and a mid year report is presented at the end of Term 2 and an end of year Report is presented in Term 4.

Units of work are assessed as determined by the teacher. Regular contact with the teacher is encouraged.