Mathematics

Mathematics is a significant part of everyday life. At St Brendan’s School our aim is for our students to become mathematically proficient, to know and use mathematics successfully enabling them to solve the new kinds of problems they will face in their future.

 

Learning Mathematics at St Brendan's is based on the Victorian Curriculum and provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in the three strands of:

1. Number and Algebra

2. Measurement and Geometry

3. Statistics and Probability.

 

When you come into our classrooms it is common to observe children working in small groups, while talking and using concrete materials to model and solve problems.

Teachers set students to work independently by providing enabling and extending prompts. At the end of the session students engage in a class discussion about what has been learnt.

The students in our classrooms are encouraged to share their ideas, observations and problem-solving processes. They listen carefully to one another and they challenge and question each other about processes and strategies. Our students are actively involved in their learning.

We emphasise students developing a growth mindset in Mathematics. No matter their ability, all children can learn from their mistakes.

 

English

At St Brendan’s we see literacy as an essential tool for learning.  Our English program aims to develop the skills, behaviours and knowledge required by students to read, view, speak, listen and write with confidence, purpose and enjoyment.  At St Brendan’s we are committed to developing the literacy skills of all students by providing a balanced and personalised program, which addresses their developmental needs and interests.

The English Victorian Curriculum identifies the required skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We use the Victorian Curriculum to plan, teach, assess and report student progress to our community.

We provide:

  • A structured classroom literacy program which includes whole class, group and independent teaching

  • Focused teaching which builds on students’ strengths and developmental needs

  • A stimulating classroom that reflects high quality teaching and learning

  • Ongoing monitoring and assessment which is integrated into the teaching and learning cycle

  • Learning intentions and success criteria that moves the learner forward

  • Ongoing professional learning for teachers

  • Transfer of literacy skills into all areas of the curriculum

We value the importance of developing close partnerships with our parents in their children’s learning and we encourage all parents to be active participants in their child’s literacy education.  

 

Personalised Learning

At St Brendan’s, we implement a personalised learning approach for every student by tailoring the educational experience to meet the needs, interests and abilities of all students. Our personalised, developmental approach to learning and teaching supports knowledge and skill acquisition across all areas of the curriculum as well as developing vital social, emotional and life skills.

 

Years Prep - 2

In our Junior school, our personalised learning is based upon an investigative play-based approach to learning. It is based on research and curriculum trials. The approach uses developmentally appropriate ways of helping to engage children in truly meaningful and relevant strategies that enhance not only literacy and numeracy but motivation and self-esteem.

Literacy and Numeracy are embedded within investigations as well as explicitly taught throughout the rest of the day. Our teachers work with focus children each day using their interests to extend, scaffold and support them with their learning to ensure ongoing engagement in all areas of the curriculum. Observation and documentation by teachers identifies key skills, needs, strengths and interests of individual children and is used to further plan and implement appropriate experiences and set further learning and developmental objectives.

 

Years 3 - 6

In our Senior school, our personalised learning is embedded in Educational Research Projects based around a Subject Focus / Victorian Curriculum area. Students are able to personalise their learning by demonstrating their understanding of the Subject and learnt skills through their interests. Our teachers continue to scaffold and support students' learning through daily focus children and small Clinic/ Teacher Focus groups.

The projects are designed developmentally and include studies in the Humanities:

  • Civics and Citizenship

  • Economics and Business

  • History

  • Geography

We aim to provide culturally and developmentally appropriate learning and teaching that personalises and engages students in active learning alongside explicit and formalised instruction.

 

Specialist Learning Areas

At St Brendan's School we provide specialist teachers for:

  • Physical Education

  • Visual Arts

  • Performing Arts

  • Languages Other Than English - Italian