Teaching & Learning


ENGLISH

Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills across the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. Each strand contributes its own distinctive goals, body of knowledge, history of ideas and interests to the study of English.
The English curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
  • appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
  • understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
  • develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.

MATHEMATICS

The proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning are fundamental to learning mathematics and working mathematically, and are applied across all three strands Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
The Mathematics curriculum aims to ensure that students:

  • develop useful mathematical and numeracy skills for everyday life, work and as active and critical citizens in a technological world
  • see connections and apply mathematical concepts, skills and processes to pose and solve problems in mathematics and in other disciplines and contexts
  • acquire specialist knowledge and skills in mathematics that provide for further study in the discipline
  • appreciate mathematics as a discipline – its history, ideas, problems and applications, aesthetics and philosophy
INQUIRY
Students from all grades participate in our Inquiry program. Through theory and practical lessons, students will:
  • learn how to take on questions, issues, problems or challenges
  • learn how to work through a process where, through that investigation, they come to a deeper understanding, or a mastery of skills, or a resolution of the problem
  • learn how to research and explore ideas and concepts

MUSIC PROGRAM

Our comprehensive and well-resourced music program enables students to develop their creative and expressive capacities by learning about the different practices, disciplines and traditions that have shaped the expression of culture locally, nationally and globally. Students are both artist and audience during Music sessions, and may choose to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities to further enhance their musicianship skills.

Classroom Music

All students from Prep to Grade 6 participate in the classroom program, comprising a one-hour lesson each week. The lessons are sequential and age-appropriate. Students learn about the elements of music, how to read music and transfer that knowledge to playing a range of musical instruments. They sing, dance and create compositions of their own, whilst exploring their creativity.

School Band

The Band features students from Grade 1 to Grade 6. It comprises a wide range of instruments and skill levels, including saxophones, clarinets, bass clarinet, flute, trumpets, trombone, guitar, bass, cello, congas, drum kits, keyboard, marimba and voice. The band rehearses weekly on Fridays after lunch at school, playing in a variety of styles. We enjoy performing at various events throughout the year, some of which include: Trentham Spudfest, Moorabool Kids Day Out, Daylesford Rotary Concert, our School Concert, and the Trentham Carols by Candlelight.

Drum Corps

The Drum Corps rehearses once a week during lunchtime and is led by Mr Sandy Hood, who is an Australian Defence Force Master Drummer. Mr Hood’s drumming program, which exists in three schools, incorporates rudiments, rhythms and rolls, combined with elements of rock, swing and parade drum corps marching. This program has won many awards including a Victorian State Government Excellence in Education award. The program offers unique opportunities for students to perform outside the school environment, particularly at festivals and parades all over Victoria.

Some of their local performances this year have included:

  • Leading the Trentham ANZAC Day Parade
  • Performing in the Kyneton Daffodil Festival Grand Parade

Junior and Senior Choirs

Students may choose to participate in the School Choirs, which are led by Allison Walsh. Most recently, the Senior Choir has been involved in the Mission Songs Program this year in collaboration with the Boîte World Music Program. The students have learnt and performed traditional songs written and sung by the stolen generation and collected from Aboriginal missions around Australia as far north as Cape York and down to Cape Barren Island in the south. The children performed these songs in a 300 strong choir at the Melbourne Town Hall in August this year.

Instrumental Music

Students are able to undertake individual or small group lessons with our Instrumental Music tutors. We are able to offer instruction in piano, keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, violin, Irish flute and harp.

 

VISUAL ARTS

A specialist Art program is conducted in the Art room, with weekly classes for all grades. Students are given opportunities to develop skills, techniques and processes whilst expressing themselves with assorted media. In addition, students are given time to reflect on, respond to and understand, various art styles and works. 

A whole-school art show is conducted to coincide with Presentation Night in the second last week of the school year and showcase the students work from throughout the year.

 

AUSLAN

Learning languages in addition to English extends student’s literacy repertoires and their capacity to communicate. It strengthens students’ understanding of the nature of language, culture, and the processes of communication.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The Health and Physical Education curriculum plays a significant role in building the knowledge, skills and understandings that apply to a range of health, wellbeing, safety and movement contexts.