What subjects will my child be learning?
At Settlers Farm we plan, teach and assess using the Australian Curriculum at every year level.
When a child starts school, they will be getting to know their environment, their teacher and meeting new friends. Students also need to become familiar with class routine, school and classroom rules. Most teachers like discussing their expectations very early with their new students. Students will experience a wide range of curriculum areas including:
- Humanities and Social Science
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
Some curriculum areas are taught as a specific subject and others are taught as part of an integrated approach.
Student Voice and Support Programmes
Students from years 1 – 7 will be given the opportunity to share their voice and discuss the things that are important to them whilst also giving back to the school. Students in years 1-6 can participate in Student Voice committee and students in year 7 have the chance to be part of Student Action Teams and take on more responsibilities across the school.
The school provides many support programs for students with additional needs e.g. literacy support in reading, writing, listening and speaking, English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD), and Speech Support. There are special programmes in the schools such as First Language Maintenance in Vietnamese and Dari/ Farsi. Your child may be involved with these teachers and School Services Officers as well.
Information Communication Technology
Settlers Farm Campus is fast becoming a school of innovation with a substantial investment in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Our aim is to provide current and alternative platforms for students to engage in and personalise their learning. The school has invested much time and money in establishing a foundation for our students to build on ICT skills. This is in line with the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities which states:
‘In the Australian Curriculum, students develop ICT capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school. The capability involves students in learning to make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment’.
We have introduced many new and exciting innovations at our site including an upgraded internet service with a wireless network, lunchtime ICT activities, class websites and the purchasing of Laptops, Ipads and Tablets across all year levels.
The school supplies 1:1 Chromebooks for the Upper Primary students. All other classes will have access to shared technology within their respective year level cohort.
We are aware of the security risks associated with the use of technology in a cyber-world and have taken vast and stringent measures to minimise exposure to these risks. We are constantly upskilling students and staff in appropriate protocol with regards to internet use and in particular social media. Students and parents sign user agreements ensuring there is a clear and common understanding for the welfare of all.
The school has a 3D printer with students having access to this technology and benefitting from the learnings from a young age.
– Middle and Upper Primary children who are independent readers can have up to 3 library books at a time.
All children need to use a bookmarker when they are browsing and borrowing to help keep books correctly shelved and tidy.
Some high demand items may have a shorter loan period.
Books in high demand are able to be reserved by Students
Care Of Books
All students have been issued with a bag. Excellent heavy-duty school book-bags are available for $8 from the front office.
STEM is now available as a specialist subject with students exposed to conceptual thinking integrating a range of subject areas.
The Arts curriculum is currently taught as a specialist subject with students having the opportunity to explore a range of different Arts learning activities from dance and drama to film making and media arts.
Settlers Farm Campus promotes community participation, co-operation, friendship, and self-esteem through our extra P.E curriculum. All activities are designed to provide students with the experience which reflects variety, vigour, challenge, achievement, fun and enjoyment. Extra sporting activities include:
- Yearly whole School Sports Day in Term 1.
- Development officers run clinics in a variety of sports such as football and cricket throughout the year.
- Aquatics for Year 6/7’s.
- R-5 swimming classes.
- The students participate in swimming, athletics and other sporting carnivals with SAPSASA to provide students with a variety of experiences.
Students at Settlers Farm learn AUSLAN with students learning a range of different skills to help them communicate.
Students also have the opportunity to be part of our First Language Maintenance ‘Mother Tongue’ program.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students (ATSI)
We are fortunate enough to have both an Aboriginal Community Education Officer (ACEO) and an Aboriginal Education Teacher (AET) to support our ATSI students and provide opportunities to ensure we are placing importance on our cross curriculum priority of incorporating ATSI Histories and Cultures into our teaching.
English as an Additional Language or Dialect
Settlers Farm has a large multicultural community and as a result we have a teacher and multiple SSOs who are employed to work with students who have English as an additional language or dialect and ensure they are supported to achieve their educational goals.