St John Paul II Catholic Primary School supports parents in the faith formation of their children by providing a range of rich experiences to develop faith and religious knowledge.
St John Paul II Catholic Primary School recognises literacy as an essential skill for students in becoming successful independent learners in all learning areas.
Students become literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently for learning and communicating in and out of school and for participating effectively in society.
Literacy involves students listening to, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of contexts.
Our Literacy strategies are based on the WA Curriculum, the Literacy Strategy of Catholic Education WA, the Catholic Education WA Vision for Learning and the The Early Years Learning Framework.
St John Paul II Catholic Primary School uses the ‘Talk for Writing’ approach developed by Pie Corbett. ‘Talk for Writing’ enables students to read and write independently for a variety of audiences and purposes within different subjects. A key feature is the internalisation of the language structures needed to write through ‘talking the text’, as well as close reading. The approach moves from dependence towards independence, with teachers using a gradual release model of teaching to develop the ability in children to write creatively and powerfully.
St John Paul II Catholic Primary School’s focus is on developing confident readers who foster a love for reading from an early age. This is achieved through synthetic based phonics in the early years and explicit instruction in using comprehension strategies, alongside building reading fluency. These skills are taught explicitly and embedded across the curriculum.
At Saint John Paul II Catholic Primary School, we strive towards ensuring all students from Kindergarten to Year 6 achieve their best in Mathematics.
Our programs are based on the West Australian Curriculum, the Early Years Learning Framework and our School Strategic plan to develop, strengthen and master mathematical skills for success.
From Pre-primary to Year 6, teachers implement the iMaths program, a comprehensive program that delivers a balanced approach to support and extend students. Teachers deliver content via explicit instruction that begins at the whole class level, working towards smaller groups catering to individual needs and understanding, and providing one to one support. This is to ensure students have a firm foundation of each mathematical concept in their learning journey. Mental math strategies are also incorporated to strengthen basic skills and review the mastery of key concepts.
In both Literacy and Numeracy, initial assessments are conducted to inform the starting point for instruction. These may take the form of one-to-one assessments, standardised tests, in class tasks as well as NAPLAN data. Ongoing assessment and monitoring of student growth in achievement occurs to ensure that students are making gains and reaching their potential.
At St John Paul II Catholic Primary School Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian) is taught as a Language Other than English (LOTE).
There is evidence to show that learning a second language assists students in better mastering literacy in their first language. It provides students the opportunity to experience a different linguistic structure and to fully immerse themselves in another country’s culture. It also allows students to recognise, appreciate and respect cultural differences.
By studying Indonesian, the students at St John Paul II Catholic Primary School gain a unique insight into the culture of the Indonesian people. The LOTE program at our school is inclusive of all students from Pre-Primary upwards and uses collaborative, practical, hands on activities which give students opportunities to develop social skills. The students can use these skills across all learning areas.
Indonesian lessons are taught for 45 minutes at a time. The students are encouraged to demonstrate their learning through ‘real-life’ oral, role-play situations.
St John Paul II Catholic Primary School provides opportunities for every student to learn, participate and explore music.
The school is dedicated to giving the students a music program that develops their creativity and skills in music and the arts.
Music lessons are 45-minute sessions with the music specialist during which time students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 will sing, perform and learn music theory.
Students are introduced to various instrument’s during their music lessons including, African drums, recorder, glockenspiels, percussion instruments, boom whackers and guitar.
There will be opportunities during the year for students to showcase the learning they have undertaken in music through performances including:
- Classroom performance in front of the grade
- Assembly performance in front of the school
- Carol singing at the End of Year P&F event
- Hymn Singing
The Visual Arts programme at St John Paul II Catholic Primary School allows students to acquire the skills and techniques to enable them to express their ideas creatively and with confidence. They are given every opportunity to express their ideas in a calm and supportive environment.
The program aims to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and problem-solving techniques to ensure that students grow in curiosity, imagination and enjoyment. Students will be encouraged to always have a go and to share their thoughts and feelings as they develop their art knowledge and acquire critical and creative thinking to shape their ideas.
Students are provided with many opportunities to share, cultivate and convey their creative ideas with others within the designated art learning space.
Over the course of a year students engage in the elements of Visual Arts based on the Western Australian Curriculum. Through a diverse range of mediums, the students have the opportunity to explore their ideas by using direct experience, observation, curiosity, research, imagination and emotion.
During lessons, students are encouraged to interpret and reflect upon their own work, that of their peers and also works of famous artists from the past, contemporary Australian and International artists. As they become more familiar with different artists, students will develop their awareness of the role of visual arts in human experience and learn to respect diverse these rich traditions, histories and cultures.
Visual Arts at St John Paul II Catholic Primary School is not taught in isolation. It is viewed as only part of the journey to nurture and discover the many gifts and talents of the students.