Bell times - Inquiry - Discovery - Specalists
8:45am Enter the School Building
8:50am Beginning of Day
8:55am Start of Learning Time
10:55am Eating Time
11:00am Outside Recess Bell
11:30am End of Recess/Learning Block
1:30pm Eating Time
1:40pm Outside Lunch bell
2:10pm End of Lunch
8:55-9:55am Learning Block 1
9:55-10:55am Learning Block 2
11:30-12:30pm Learning Block 3
12:30-1:30pm Learning Block 4
2:10-3:10pm Learning Block 5
At St Mary’s we have developed an Inquiry-based learning program which can be a student centred or an active learning approach that takes, as its starting point, the natural process of inquiry, building on this to develop information processing and problem-solving skills.
Our class teachers use an inquiry framework to teach Science, Health, History, Geography and Civics and Citizenship. Students are supported in inquiry based learning and the specific skills, such as:
Questioning and predicting
Planning and conducting fair tests
Processing and analysing data and information
Evaluating and communicating findings
We encourage families to become involved in their child’s learning by asking them about the inquiry learning they’re doing at school. Often we find the whole family gets involved and that’s when the best learning happens!
Discovery is a time for students to learn through self-directed inquiry. It is an opportunity that is strategically shaped by teachers to enable students to learn more about; themselves; how to live and work with others; and the world they live in.
Discovery Teachers create opportunities by creating areas that encourage children to play, create, discover and explore in different ways. They do this by designing the learning environment and providing materials and provocations that support student learning.
Discovery supports and encourages the development of;
mathematical skills and concepts
social skills and collaboration skills
personal management skills
critical thinking, problem solving and reflective thinking
learner dispositions such as persistence, curiosity, creativity, resilience, resourcefulness and adaptability
understanding of and positive attitude towards themselves as learners
At St Mary’s the students are involved in four different specialist learning areas. These sessions are 1 hour each. All students are involved in Physical Education, Visual Arts and Performing Arts sessions weekly. The P-2 students take part in Cultural Studies, whicle the Years 3-6 students have Japanese.
We believe these specialist lessons enrich the students learning and help to develop the whole child. There are opportunities to participate in interschool sporting competitions at the Yrs 3-6 level. We have a biannual Concert and Art Show on alternate years, which all students in the school are involved in.