Early Years (Preparatory to Year 3)
At Xavier, the
year levels from Prep to Year 3 are referred to as the Early Years. Curriculum for these year levels is derived
directly from the Australian Curriculum and is linked to the Brisbane Catholic
Education Learning Framework and Queensland Studies Authority’s Early Years
In the early years of schooling,
children have a natural curiosity about their world and possess a natural
desire to make sense of it. This
provides a platform to construct and review their learning through interactions
with others, experimentation, scaffolding, explicit teaching, practice and play
in the classroom and beyond. This helps
them make sense of a world that is outside their immediate experience, as they
connect new knowledge with what they already know or believe. This also sometimes provides an opportunity
to challenge what they know or believe.
(Shape of the Australian Curriculum, Version 2)
The Early Years Curriculum at Xavier
Catholic College acknowledges eight principles which form the basis for the
early phase of learning. It is around
these principles that the early years teachers make curriculum decisions and
scaffold children’s learning in the early years.
are capable and competent and have been learning since birth.
build deep understandings when they learn through all senses and are offered
choice in their learning experiences.
learn best through interactions, active explorations, experimentation and by
representing their learning through a variety of modes.
positive dispositions to learning and to themselves as learners are essential
for success in school and beyond.
learn best in environments where there are supportive relationships among all
partners in the learning community.
childhood programs are most effective when they recognize, value and build upon
the cultural and social experiences of the children.
continuity of learning as children move to and through school provides
foundations for their future success.
of young children is an integral part of the learning-teaching process and is
not a separate activity.
Junior Years (Year 4 & Year 5)
Years 3 to 5, students will work on year level programs developed by class
teachers using the Australian Curriculum and Queensland Studies Authority
Essential Learnings Framework. Similar
to the Early Years, Xavier Catholic College’s Junior Years Curriculum planning
for the Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Science and History are based
on the Australian Curriculum. At present, the Health and Physical Education and
The Arts are based on the Queensland Studies Authority’s Essential Learnings
Framework but will move to the Australian Curriculum once these areas are
release from ACARA.
curriculum programs developed at Xavier are closely linked to our stated values
and beliefs and the Brisbane Catholic Education Learning Framework. The programs promote the following elements
in all year levels:
units of work;
occurring between teachers of the same year level and including other
monitoring and assessment based on clearly stated criteria;
coverage of the four current Australian Curriculum Learning Areas
(English, Mathematics, Science and History) and Essential
stated, the College’s curriculum (P – 12) is organized into a number of
Learning Areas. In the Early Years at
Xavier Catholic College, the Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Science
and History are based on the Australian Curriculum. Health and Physical Education and The Arts
are currently based on the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s Essential Learnings
Framework but will move to the Australian Curriculum upon release of these
documents from the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
Curriculum recognizes the importance of communication, language and building
relationships. It gives priority to
foundation knowledge, understanding and skills that all children are expected
to develop to enhance their opportunities for continued learning. In these years, priority is given to literacy
and numeracy development because these are the foundations on which further
learning is built. The foundation for
literacy is built primarily in English and the foundation for numeracy
primarily in Mathematics. However, both
literacy and numeracy must be reinforced and strengthened through learning in
other contexts (Shape of the Australian Curriculum, Version 2).
are the key learning areas throughout the year for
years Prep – Year 3:
- Health & PE
- Humanities & Social Science (History, Geography, Economics & Business, Civics & Citizenship
- Technologies (Design & Technology, ICT)