Teaching & Learning

Core Curriculum

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At Our Lady of Good Counsel students are central to everything we do. Through innovative learning and teaching practice we educate learners to be critical thinkers, to collaborate and make connections to faith and life. Together we develop confident, resilient and hopeful students with a lifelong love for learning.

T& L - Core Curriculum

At OLGC we implement the Victorian Curriculum F - 10. This curriculum model includes both knowledge and skills defined as learning areas and capabilities. This curriculum design assumes that knowledge and skills are transferrable across the curriculum. An inquiry based learning pedagogical approach has been developed at our school in response to current educational theory and research. Through inquiry, learning areas such as history, civics and citizenship, science and technology are explored.

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Curriculum

The design of the Victorian Curriculum F–10 is set out below:

http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au/

Learning Areas
Capabilities
English
Mathematics
The Humanities
    Civics and Citizenship 
    Economics and Business
Geography  
History 
Science 
Technologies 
    Design and Technologies 
    Digital Technologies  
The Arts
Health and Physical Education 
Languages
Critical and Creative Thinking
Ethical
Intercultural
Personal and Social










OLGC has developed a structured approach to curriculum planning that ensures a shared vision within the school on curriculum development, common documentation and common understanding of the whole school curriculum. Curriculum development and planning is based on the School Improvement Plan and the Annual Action Plan. Data is analysed regularly by teachers in their curriculum planning which includes a suite of year level assessments and standardised assessments.

Staff are supported through the following approach:

  • focused professional development that provides teachers with the skills and understandings required for effective curriculum implementation 
  • leaders who ensure that all programs are implemented, and who lead whole school commitment to all aspects of the curriculum. 

Literacy

While much of the explicit teaching of literacy occurs in the English learning area, it is strengthened, made specific and extended in other learning areas as students engage in a range of learning activities with significant literacy demands. Our two hour literacy block each day includes the teaching of explicit skills in reading, writing, comprehension, spelling, grammar, punctuation, oral language and visible literacy.

The focus of the Literacy program is to develop the reading, writing and speaking and listening skills of all students from foundation through to Year 6. This provides the building blocks of skills, strategies and attitudes for future learning. At OLGC we incorporate a variety of approaches to ensure your child is receiving the best possible teaching and learning practices in literacy. 

The strengths of the our English Program are its essential features: 

  • a focused two hour literacy session incorporating key teaching approaches such as shared and guided reading 
  • additional assistance to complement and support the classroom program
  • development of strong home - school partnerships through communication 
  • assistance through learning support officers and classroom helpers’ programs
  • intensive literacy testing of each student
  • intervention and extension in Literacy for identified students.

Numeracy

The knowledge and skills that underpin numeracy are explicitly taught in the Mathematics strands Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability, reinforced and further exemplified in and across other curriculum areas. Through this process, students recognise that mathematics is widely used both in and outside school and learn to apply mathematical knowledge and skills in a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar situations. Mathematics is taught for one hour each day using a variety of rich and challenging tasks.

The strengths of the our Mathematics Program are its essential features:

  • a daily one-hour numeracy block
  • the use of powerful teaching approaches together with grouping strategies supports teachers in catering for the needs of all students
  • an emphasis on the use of continuous monitoring and assessment of students
  • intensive numeracy testing of each student
  • intervention and extension in numeracy for identified students.

Religious Education

Religious Education at OLGC is promoted as a specific learning area with its own integrity. It is acknowledged as a cross curricular dimension of learning, where aspects of a Catholic worldview relevant to education are connected with other learning domains to impact the whole of school life, enhancing the Catholic identity of the school.

The process of Religious Education develops transferable skills, such as: 

  • the ability to ask deep questions
  • critically analyse and interpret sources
  • consider context
  • respect and explain different perspectives 
  • develop and substantiate interpretations
  • communicate effectively

An understanding of the Catholic Tradition enables OLGC students to acknowledge and appreciate the value of all religious traditions, within Australia’s diverse society. This knowledge and understanding is essential for a rich spiritual life and for informed and active participation in a global Church, working for the Common Good. 

Religious Education in a Catholic School aims to ensure that students develop: 

  • appreciation and deep understanding of the richness of the Catholic Tradition 
  • religious self-understanding and spiritual awareness 
  • openness to religious questions and a religious interpretation of the world
  • awareness of the diversity of voices in society and among themselves
  • discernment in decision-making and action informed by the Catholic Tradition

Diverse outcomes

Due to the multi-faith, multi-cultural context of OLGC today, teachers can anticipate different outcomes for learners who are at different stages of faith, are of different faiths, or who have no religious affiliation. Our students come to understand their own faith more deeply, while enriching their beliefs and traditions.

Time Allocation

In order for religious education outcomes to be achieved, time allocation for Religious Education as a discipline should be equivalent to the time given to other humanities disciplines at the school. Whilst Religious Education is recognised as a cross-curricular dimension of learning, it is recommended that in primary schools no less than 2.5 hours per week be allocated.

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Remarkable Results

Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School achieves outstanding results and one of which we can all be proud. Our Curriculum is grounded in a rigorous academic program, where all students are encouraged to achieve high standards and become lifelong learners. Through the combination of inquiry and exciting extra-curricular challenges, students are able to discover and develop their strengths and interests in a learning environment that celebrates achievement.

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