General Studies Curriculum

The Primary School General Studies curriculum follows the NSW Board of Studies syllabuses and is organised into six Key Learning Areas; English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Human Society and Its Environment, Creative Arts, Personal Development/Health/Physical Education. Class teachers provide the lessons for all the Key Learning Areas, with the exception of Art in some classes and Sport, where we have Specialist teachers taking these lessons.

Active learning and involvement of all our students is achieved by using teaching methods that match the learner, content and environment. Teachers use and evaluate best practice and theoretical models. Careful planning and the consideration of our ethos and context influence this strategy. Student learning is assessed against the planned outcomes throughout each unit of work using a variety of tools and techniques.

For more information on NSW Board of Studies visit: http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au

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GENERAL STUDIES CURRICULUM  

English
There is a strong focus on developing literacy throughout the Primary School and students are encouraged to read widely. Being literate is essential to participating and functioning successfully in society. It underpins understanding of what occurs in society and provides the basis for social interactions. Literacy is developed and consolidated by linking literacy skills across all Key Learning Areas.

Kesser Torah College participates in the UNSW English writing, English and spelling competitions as well as NAPLAN literacy and numeracy tests as outlined by the NSW Board of Studies.

Mathematics
Success in Mathematics depends on meaningful learning experiences. We believe that positive learning experiences play a crucial role in shaping the views that children have of themselves as learners of mathematics. Young learners need to learn through active involvement and concrete experiences with the physical and social environment. Learning becomes more meaningful when supported by the appropriate use of a variety of materials and equipment.

Mathematics learning uses information and communication technology, including calculators and computers which are an important tool of learning. Students use these tools to explore and understand new concepts, to consolidate their learning and develop their skills in thinking mathematically.

KTC students are able to access Mathletics, an innovative, exciting numeracy program. Students are able to reinforce their numeracy skills by entering the live arena and competing against the clock with students from around the world. To see more, please visit the website www.mathletics.com Owing to our small class sizes, students enjoy enrichment and extension opportunities. The Maths Olympiad is another exciting challenge available to extend our gifted and talented students.

Science and Technology
Students experience creative lessons in science and technology which develop confidence and a sense of responsibility in their interaction with the environment. These experiences help students to understand themselves and the environment and provide opportunities for them to develop independent, rational thought through investigation.
Human Society and its Environment HSIE

Students develop a sense of personal, community, national and global identity as well as relevant knowledge and skills. They also reflect on their own Jewish and cultural identity, the associated attitudes and values, and evaluate how these assist them to behave as responsible citizens in maintaining and improving the quality of their society and environment.

Ivrit (Modern Herbrew)
The study of modern spoken Hebrew takes place in all Primary Years K - 6. The development of vocabulary and the use of specific word patterns take place within the various themes studied. Opportunities to hear and speak Hebrew are a feature of each Ivrit lesson.

“Chalav U’Dvash” Ivrit program exposes children in Years K and 1 to the language through songs, games and dialogue. Visit http://www.chalav-udvash.org.il

Computer Education
Computers are an exciting means of integrating the entire curriculum and applying the technical skills learned in the Key Learning Areas.
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education PDHPE
The PDH program is concerned with the development of the whole person. We aim to develop in each student the knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes needed to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives within the Jewish community and the greater community. There is an increasing community awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles and a growing recognition of the need for students to be active and health conscious.

The Primary School Sports program focuses not only on fitness, but also on the development of a variety of ball skills and gross motor coordination activities from Year K to 6. At a senior primary level, the students participate in Interschool sports competitions each week. The boys participate in Soccer, Oz Tag and Cricket and the girls compete in Netball, Oz Tag and T-Ball matches.

Visual Arts
In Visual Arts classes students are engaged in learning about the history of Art and the practice and techniques of an array of artists. This gives the students both a theoretical and practical understanding of Art. Art lessons are conducted in the dedicated Art room by a specialist Art teacher. Students are encouraged to experiment with diverse range of Art materials and are exposed to the creative atmosphere of a real art studio.
Assessment and Reporting

Assessment is a key aspect of the teaching and learning process. Assessment focuses on the performance of individual and groups of students in the educational setting and occurs in a variety of ways. It involves a practical, systematic process for collecting and analyzing data, the major purpose of which is the improvement of learning through informed decision making.


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