In English students learn to appreciate, enjoy and use language and develop a sense of its richness and its power to evoke feelings, to form and convey ideas, to inform, to discuss, to persuade, to entertain and to argue. Our Literacy Program enhances the learning opportunities of each child as much instruction takes place within small groups. Thus each child is able to explore literacy through reading and viewing, writing, listening and speaking in a focused learning situation.
St Louis offers Reading Recovery programs to students at risk in year 1. We use the Thrass phonics program in the early years, providing building blocks for reading and spelling.
St Louis Mathematics program focuses upon the development of conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Students are actively engaged in problem solving and reasoning and are encouraged to make connections and communicate their knowledge through multiple representations including technology. A range of formative and summative assessments are utilized to inform teaching and learning. Mathematical tasks are differentiated to meet the diverse needs of classrooms through the use of open ended and rich tasks.
Humanities – Civics & Citisenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History
At St Louis we like to develop students’ curiosity and imagination. Through the study of Humanities, students explore people and their cultures in the past and the present, learning to appreciate cultural difference and a greater awareness of our place in the world. Through the study of Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography and Economics students learn about becoming active and informed citizens who participate in and sustain Australia’s democracy. Students investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in contemporary society. They gain the knowledge and skills necessary to question, understand and contribute to the world in which they live. We take an integrated approach to the teaching of Humanities, finding links and connections through English, Maths, The Arts and Science.
The St Louis Arts program includes Visual Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Media, and Visual Communication. Arts specialists take weekly lessons across the school from Prep to Year 6. In Visual Art students experiment with a variety of media including painting, drawing, construction, modelling and collage. Basic music theory is taught through a hands on approach and students take part in class bands using both tuned and untuned percussion instruments taught in a group setting.
Every two years, students from Prep to Year 6 participate in a Performing Arts program. In 2012, St Louis students will present the production of Noah, performed at Frankston Performing Arts Centre. It was a fabulous production which was greatly enjoyed by the students.Each alternate year, St Louis presents an Art Show, showcasing the extraordinary Visual Art pieces created by students across the school.
The St Louis Science program focuses on providing students with hands on and practical activities to explore the interesting and important questions about our physical, biological and technological world. In 2011 St Louis will be phasing in the Australian Curriculum Science curriculum, drawing upon cutting-edge research into the exploration of science. Student’s understanding is extended to include what they can’t see, feel, hear or touch but can only imagine. The integrated approach to exploring Science at St Louis provides opportunities for students to experience scientific discovery whilst developing an understanding of important science skills, concepts and processes.
Languages (Chinese Mandarin)
Chinese Mandarin is the language studied at St Louis de Montfort’s.
Learning a second language at primary level is a cultural experience, exposing students to another set of beliefs, customs and lifestyles. With these experiences comes a spontaneous desire for students to learn to communicate (speak, write and read) in that language. In addition to this, learning a language other than English helps to increase the children’s awareness of the multilingual and multicultural nature of Australian and world societies.
Every two years students from Prep to Year 6 participate in a Chinese Cultural day where they explore Chinese cooking, sports, arts, music and dance.
Health and Physical Education
A healthy, physically active lifestyle is conducive to more effective participation in all that society has to offer and greater levels of success within and beyond school. Students at St Louis are supported in developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours that enable them to maintain good health and live a healthy lifestyle and understand the role of physical activity in ensuring good health, and engage in physical activity.
Students participate in weekly activities with a Physical education specialist teacher to complement other Health and Physical Education classroom activities. Fundamental Motor Skills is an integral part of the P.E. program. Students in Years Prep to 2 attend swimming lessons and all students across the school participate in an annual Beach Safety Program. House sports carnivals are held in athletics for all students as well as Cross Country events for students in Years 3 to 6. Middle and Senior grades are given the opportunity to participate in Inter-School sporting events such as swimming, athletics and cross-country. Winter and summer Friday sport is held for all Year 5 & 6 students.