Central to our teaching and learning philosophy is the belief that all primary aged children are entitled to a broad and varied curriculum targeted at their stage of learning
Learning: Years 2 - 6
Teaching and Learning is the core business of what we do at Christ Church Grammar School. The essential components of this are Teaching, Pedagogy, Assessment and Reporting. Christ Church Grammar embraces the Australian Curriculum across all learning areas: English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities (History and Geography).
Literacy and Numeracy
In Years 2-6 at Christ Church Grammar developing skills in Literacy and Numeracy is fundamental. Daily allocation of time to English and Mathematics ensures regular access to quality programs across the week.
Literacy focuses on developing a pupil’s knowledge, understanding and skills in Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing, and Writing. This is developed through three strands:
Language: knowing about the English language
Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literature
Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage.
Mathematics provides our pupils with essential skills in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. At Christ Church Grammar Year 2-6 classes are organised in ‘Maths Sets’ allowing all pupils the opportunity to work on the essential skills at their developmental level and pace. In Mathematics, the curriculum is taught in topics and delivery explicitly timetabled concluding with a ‘topic test’ at the end of each area of content taught.
At Christ Church Grammar Inquiry learning integrates the important aspects of the key subject areas of Science, Geography, Science and Civics.
Inquiry learning encourages students to examine the complexity of their world and form concepts and generalisations. Concept based learners are powerful learners who must be actively engaged in the process of investigating, processing, organising, synthesising, refining and extending their knowledge within a topic. It is not about the pure acquisition of knowledge or content.
Pupils who are effective inquirers need to:
Identify what they need to know and do
Locate the appropriate sources of information
Collect, sort and organise the information
Present the information in appropriate ways
Reflect on what they have learnt and the inquiry process involved
Think about ways of applying their newly gained information to other situations
Assessment and Reporting
Tracking and monitoring of pupil achievement through standardised, diagnostic and summative assessment occurs on a regular basis. Allocated assessment points at the beginning, middle and end of the year enable review and monitoring of pupil progress, and teaching and learning practices. The National Assessment Plan Literacy and Numeracy (Naplan) is administered in Years 3 and Year 5 and provides us with valuable additional data.
Reporting on pupil progress is delivered at two points in the year. At the end of Semester 1 we report against the content descriptors taught. At the end of Semester 2 reporting is against the Australian Curriculum Standards. Reporting follows a five point scale for each subject