Teaching and Learning

The philosophy of education at Trinity Catholic School is to develop the whole child; spiritually, academically, physically and emotionally. Students study across the seven Key Learning Areas of Religious Education, English, Maths, Science and Technology, History and Geography,  Creative and Practical Arts and PD/Health/PE.

All ranges of abilities are catered for with provision for students needing individual help because of learning difficulties and for those requiring gifted and talented enrichment.

Curriculum

The philosophy of education at Trinity Primary School is to develop the whole child; spiritually, academically, physically and emotionally. Information Communication Technology is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum and our students graduate from Trinity computer literate.

Students study a broad range of subjects across the seven Key Learning Areas of Religious Education, English, Maths, Science and Technology, Human Society and Its Environment, Creative Arts, PD/Health/PE.

All courses follow the syllabus documents developed by the New South Wales Board of Studies and the Religious Education Curriculum. These documents explain the outcomes to be achieved, the content to be taught and provide assessment guidelines.

All ranges of abilities are catered for with provision for students needing individual help because of learning difficulties and for those requiring gifted and talented enrichment.

English

At Trinity Primary School each day Literacy Blocks are incorporated into our daily practice with 2 hours of uninterrupted teaching and learning, supported by the regular purchasing of quality literature for every classroom. We have a strong emphasis on free voluntary reading to enhance literacy achievement. The children from Kindergarten to Year 6 are engaged in reading for at least 20 minutes every day. They are provided with a wide choice of genres and a variety of reading choices which are pivotal to reading success and its positive impact on all learning.

Each student engages as a writer every day and publishes their writing at least twice a term. Spelling and grammar conventions are incorporated through the teaching of writing, which is supported by individual goal setting. Teachers conference with students around reading and writing each week to assist them to continually improve and develop as readers and writers.

The Library is a vibrant and inviting space and stimulating for individual and group learning with flexible furnishings and a range of quality literature.in our school that provides support for all areas of the curriculum. The school library is open to the students, teachers, Playgroup and the school community. Regular lunch time events are conducted each term and are run by the Library and Celebrations Ministers.

Literacy is incorporated into every Key Learning Area and is also explicitly taught in other curriculum areas. Parent information sessions are regularly held by consultants to assist parents in promoting literacy in the home.

Mathematics

At Trinity Primary School Numeracy Blocks are incorporated into our daily practice each day with an hour of uninterrupted teaching and learning. Lessons commence in each classroom, with a short warm-up activity and then students investigate new concepts through the use of manipulatives (hands on materials) across all Year levels. Students construct, make, talk and do as they negotiate learning tasks which are challenging and place them in the learning zone constantly. Each student accesses their learning in Numeracy at their individual level, through the use of carefully designed inquiry tasks.

Through the use of positive mathematical mindsets students assists students to problem solve and select appropriate strategies for learning. Challenging learning tasks develops students’ knowledge, skills and ability to apply mathematics in their everyday life.

Human Society and the Environment

Units of work in Human Society and Its Environment are based on the NSW NESA curriculum. All units are taught in Stages over a two-year cycle. Each unit includes activities involving thinking skills and the integration of technology. The specific teaching of History and Geography are core components of this integrated subject area. Students engage with concepts through the construction of project and inquiry-based investigations. Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business are developing curriculum areas within the NSW Education Standards Authority.

Science and Technology

Through studying Science and Technology students explore scientific and technological concepts and gain knowledge and understanding of the world. They develop skills in conducting scientific investigations and designing and producing solutions through learning about the Living World, Material World, Physical World, Earth and Space, and Digital Technologies. The study of science and technology develops the building blocks of inquiry and students’ abilities to solve problems. This additionally is supported by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) inquiry focused investigations. Students are provided with opportunities to develop understanding based on evidence and reason. These skills enable students to participate responsibly in developing innovative ideas and solutions in response to questions and situations relevant to personal, social and environmental issues. The learning students experience enables them to contribute to the world as active global citizens both now and in the future. Science and technology are pedagogically linked and through their practical application promote genuine learning opportunities for students. The application of Working Scientifically, and Design and Production skills enables students to develop a sense of accomplishment and enhance their skills in inquiry and manipulating tools and materials to produce solutions. These skills are important in preparing students to succeed in a rapidly developing technological world.

Trinity Primary School is a BYOD school and the majority of students use their own iPad to assist in their research, learning and skills development. In addition, the school has a set of iPads and Chrome Books for use in the classrooms in order to ensure all students are able to learn using 21st Century tools. The school aims to ensure that all students are competent and confident in using digital technologies to enhance their learning. Students are able to connect their iPads wirelessly to the class large screen TV and class printer to showcase their work. The introduction to coding and robotics has been supported by the inclusion of STEAM resources

Creative Arts

The study of the creative arts enables young people to engage with and enjoy exploring expressive forms, ideas, and values. The creative arts provide opportunities to enchant, explore, investigate and respond to the world through making and performing. Students engage in learning experiences in visual arts, music, drama and dance as part of their natural growth and development. Learning in the Creative Arts assists students in their lifelong learning in the visual arts, music, drama and dance. It also assists students to participate in and contribute to cultural life, to become informed consumers of the arts and culture, to empathise with others, and to consider a range of career paths. The Creative Arts also provide opportunities for students to respect the views of various social and cultural groups, people with different religions and belief systems and people with disabilities. The Creative Arts also offers opportunities for students to value the different perspectives of females and males.

At Trinity Primary there are optional access for private in-school piano and guitar lessons with a specialist teacher. The school participates in key creative experiences in Harden-Murrumburrah including the annual Show, The Jugiong Writers Festival and in school bi-annual concert and Open House Assemblies.

Physical Development, Health and PE

This Key Learning Area provides students with opportunities to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and participation in physical activity. Students develop self-management, interpersonal and movement skills to become empowered, self-confident and socially responsible citizens. The children learn about healthy eating, changes experienced as we grow, choices for their personal development, sport and other physical exercises. Students are exposed to a variety of sports, which aim to improve their physical fitness and co-ordination. At Trinity the emphasis is on enjoyment, skill development and willing participation. In the Infant grades the emphasis is on the development of gross motor skills, coordination and team participation. Regular exercise and fitness are an essential element of the curriculum. Trinity Catholic School is a keen participant in sporting clinics and gala days.

Learning across the Curriculum

Learning across the curriculum content, including cross-curriculum priorities, general capabilities and other areas identified as important learning for all students, is incorporated and identified by icons in the syllabus.

Cross-curriculum priorities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability

General capabilities

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding
  • Information and communication technology capability
  • Intercultural understanding
  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Personal and social capability

Other learning across the curriculum areas

  • Civics and citizenship
  • Difference and diversity
  • Work and enterprise