Primary Years

At St Joseph’s School, Primary students are encouraged to become increasingly independent learners whilst participating in activity-based, collaborative learning opportunities. Self-directed initiatives, group work and year level events contribute to a varied and vibrant program as students consolidate knowledge and strengthen their learning skills.

In Years 3 and 4, the Religious Education program focuses on the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. ‘Brain Breaks’ and daily fitness provide movement opportunities throughout the day, and ‘Crunch & Sip’ time is maintained. A range of literacy and numeracy support programs are provided to students identified as requiring extra assistance and those ready for extension work.

In the Primary Years, students continue to work on developing their Japanese language skills through explicit lessons, where they engage in activities to foster cultural understanding as well as writing, speaking and listening in Japanese. There are many opportunities for our students to participate in interschool sporting events, building on the skills they learn in Physical Education lessons.

Throughout the Primary Years, students participate in Digital Technologies lessons, with a specialist teacher to support their skill development, knowledge and ethical understanding around safe and appropriate applications of ICT. Students are encouraged to use ICT to be creative thinkers in their learning, not just as a tool for learning.

Students in the Upper Primary Years continue their learning for life with a holistic education encompassing physical, emotional, social and spiritual domains.

All classes focus on values education and action, assisting students to achieve their goals and contribute to their world. Students are increasingly encouraged to be independent and inquiring learners and ‘Genius hour’ provides opportunities for self-directed learning. Students from Year 6 enjoy access to specialist learning and facilities in subjects like Food Technology and Technology Studies.