Curriculum

Australian Curriculum

Our school works closely with parents to assist students to develop their full potential as an important individual in our school and in our world.

St James School educates young people in all dimensions of life by:

  • developing the whole person
  • encouraging a life-long search for truth and love of learning
  • inviting them to grow in personal responsibility and freedom
  • encouraging the pursuit of excellence
  • developing an open and critical attitude to the world of today
  • promoting cooperative relationships and partnerships.

The curriculum taught is based on the national Australian Curriculum, the SA Crossways Framework and the SA Made In The Image of God Framework. Teachers are provided with a framework and curriculum which they use to design learning experiences and assessment tasks and adjust accordingly to suit the particular needs of students.

These programs include appropriate and sequential learning experiences in the following curriculum areas:

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Pedagogy

We believe that children learn best when they are happy, well, valued and engaged. Teachers develop relationships with students first and foremost that demonstrate care for each child. Through various roles and activities and general interactions we get to know students and their families. Really knowing the child is essential.

Our teaching styles accommodate the levels of wellbeing and learning in students and also their varying learning styles. In the early years teachers offer play-based learning experiences through Investigation times. This develops through middle and upper primary where students are engaged in interest-based research projects that are linked to curriculum areas. These experiences complement explicit teaching of all curriculum areas.

In the classrooms you will see a variety of colourful learning environments that are welcoming, engaging and comfortable for students.

Learning Partnerships

 

Information Evening

Early in Term 1 there is a Parent Information Night.  This gives you the opportunity to meet your child’s teacher or teachers. You will hear about various aspects of the classroom routine, timetable and programme.

 

Written Reports

Parents receive a written progress report at the end of each semester (Term 2 and 4).  These reports are a comprehensive assessment of your child’s achievement in all subjects and personal development during the school year.

 

Meetings / Interviews

Three-way meetings involving the child, parents and class teacher/s are held in Term 1. Term 1 interviews are “compulsory” as this communication is highly valued and involves the child in taking personal responsibility for their own learning. Time can be made available at the end of the three-way meeting for parent and teacher only conversation. 

Towards the end of Term 3 meetings involving the parents and teacher/s are offered. Term 3 interviews are “optional”, being initiated by the teacher or parent/guardian. 

Parents are also welcome to request an appointment, at any time, to see a teacher to discuss any issues or concerns.

 

Other Communication

Teachers may send home work samples, work books and test results at various times during the year, allowing parents to view student progress.  Parents are always welcome to visit the classroom and see student’s work.

Student work is also shared on a regular basis at the School Assemblies held during school hours in the Learning Centre.  Teachers present awards to students for academic and personal development.

Pin-boards in the school corridors and classrooms also display examples of student work.

Classes take turns providing an insert for the Newsletter which is a summary of recent learning and activities.

 

Assessments

Students in their fifth term of school are assessed using the Early Years Assessment strategy to gather data about their early literacy development.  In Term 2 students in Years 3, 5 and 7 participate in the National Assessment of Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLaN).  These results are used in conjunction with all of the other assessments teachers use to gather information about your child’s progress.

Teachers constantly review and assess student progress through formal testing and informal observations.

Students from Year 3-7 are invited each year to participate in testing conducted by the University of NSW, in a range of subjects.  This is optional and at the discretion of parents.