Our teaching and learning through the Integrated Curriculum is structured around all subjects (e.g. Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Humanities, Physical Education and Visual Arts.)
Integrating the curriculum assists with children’s thinking skills, social skills, values and attitudes between subjects Learning is made relevant and meaningful through an integrated approach, acknowledging that children learn through experience, interest, and active participation. Each department uses the "Teaching and Learning Document" which outlines the key understandings, focus questions, key learning activities and common assessment tasks for the themes studied each term.
Lesson focus is explicit so students understand exactly what is being learnt and why. Children are encouraged to be active participants in learning activities that are challenging and motivating. Children work in a variety of groupings including ability, friendship, whole class, with partners or small groups. Activities aim to cater for individual learning styles and abilities and reflection time is incorporated into lessons.
Planning for Integrated Studies forms part of department team meetings each week. We ensure that adequate time (minimum 30 to 45 minutes each session, depending on year level) is devoted to student time on task. We make Integrated studies fun – incorporate games, experiments and real life activities. We promote inquiring minds. We have equipment ready for students to use (e.g. microscopes, circuits, construction materials, Lakelands resource tubs).
We are open with students about their performance on assessment tasks. We tell them what they achieved and help them to plan for improvement.