Teaching and Learning

Curriculum

The curriculum and pedagogy at Trinity Catholic School:

  • is centred on student's learning,
  • uncovers the NSW curriculum,
  • is system lead,
  • is grounded in current research and best practice,
  • gives considerable consideration to how a child's brain processes information and can learn,
  • relies on the science of Reading and Writing, with the knowledge that the skills developed in Reading and Writing facilitate knowledge,
  • includes teaching practices that have a high impact on student learning,
  • is lead by informed educators,
  • is inclusive and differentiated. 

Literacy

We know the Leadership Team at Trinity are informed and plan strategically using research and the system initiative, Catalyst.

We know educators at Trinity significantly impact student learning in Literacy.

We know students at Trinity experience success in Literacy through evidence-based, whole-class literacy programs providing all children with the essential core knowledge and strong foundations to become successful readers and writers.

 

We know that best practice in Literacy is delivered through

  • Structured and sequential instruction in phonics in K-2, providing strong foundations in reading and writing from the outset, meaning fewer children will fall behind or require intensive intervention in Primary years
  • thorough and consistent instruction from K-6
  • rich literature and a strong focus on vocabulary and all areas of spelling and grammar

and that is why you will see that in action at Trinity.

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We love to implement the Science of Learning in Literacy, using Scarborough’s Reading Rope and Joan Sedita’s Writing Rope as a visual representation of the many strands woven into skilled Reading and Writing.

We love to teach using the I DO, WE DO, YOU DO, model in Literacy, providing many worked examples and scaffolds before students are asked to construct independent texts.

We love to support our learners in Literacy through:

  • small groups, facilitated by a trained educator

  • formal and frequent progress monitoring of all students to address any gaps or need for intervention
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  • fun songs and actions to reinforce taught concepts

  • evidence based Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 Programs
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We love to challenge in Literacy through:

  • published writing in local publications
  • competitions such as Tournament of the Minds, Jugiong Writer’s Festival and Dorothy MacKellar’s Poetry Awards

We serve all students in Literacy by:

  • fun and engaging Library Programs, both at school and at home to promote Reading
  • celebrating them as readers and writers in the community through Programs such as Book Café where students come together at a local café to share afternoon tea and a book study

We serve our parent community by:

  • training parents of low-progress readers in evidence based tutoring strategies known as Reinforced Reading to support home reading and understand the needs of their child in more depth
  • providing an appealing and extensive selection of ‘Hot Books’ for students to take home

  • Reading Diaries to log home reading that have research-based hints and tips for parents to implement at home

  • 2 x published copies of student writing – one for home and one for school
  • eLibrary subscriptions for Home Reading for varied and engaging options for reluctant readers.

Religious Education

We know the Leadership Team at Trinity are professionally informed and collaborate regularly with staff in planning to build an inclusive community and delivering contemporary quality learning.

We know educators at Trinity significantly impact student learning in Religious Education by educating our students to live the Gospel of Jesus as successful, creative and confident, active and informed learners.

We know that through vibrant and engaging Religious Education, our students become active constructors of culture rather than passive consumers.

We know our students are challenged to live the Gospel of Jesus in their everyday lives.

We know that best practice in Religious Education is delivered through, pedagogy that enthuses, empowers, and enables the learner to apply skills as a ‘theological inquirer’.

and that is why you will see that in action at Trinity.

We love to inspire conceptual learners who are literate in the Catholic and broader Christian tradition so that they might participate critically and authentically in faith contexts and wider society.

We love to implement learning through an approach to studying and understanding scripture that recognises it is more than simply words on a page

We love to teach around four broad ideas in Religious Education:

  • Sacred Texts 
  • Beliefs
  • Church 
  • Christian Life

We love to support our students to become religiously literate as they develop capacities and skills in discerning, interpreting, thinking critically, seeking truth, and making meaning.

We serve all learners in Religious Education by developing units of work using Achievement Standards, outcomes, and elaborations.

We serve all learners in Religious Education by developing a culture of value and respect for the individual.

We serve our parent community by:

  • Sharing students work through media platforms including the school newsletter, Facebook, Website, Youtube, Schoolzine App and Compass.
  • Invitation to classroom and school events.
  • Welcoming parents and community to support classroom initiatives.
  • Providing current developments in Religious Education.
  • Opportunities for involvement in different types of prayer and celebrations throughout the school year.
  • Parish-school Sacramental Programs for Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.

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