English is a priority curriculum area for our school. At St Kevin’s, we teach English so that our students may function in the community, develop relationships and broaden their learning in a range of other subject areas. English language skills are needed and practised in all aspects of the school day, however all classes also have structured literacy sessions focussing on the areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
Mathematics is another area of the curriculum that is given high priority at our school. At St. Kevin’s, we teach Mathematics so our students may function as independent mathematical thinkers in our complex, ever changing world. We support our students to develop and apply critical thinking skills and strategies. We encourage students to recognise the purpose of Maths in their lives and confidently apply their knowledge and understandings in real life situations, in order to contribute to cultural, social and technological advances.
At St Kevin’s, we cover many aspects of the wider curriculum through our Inquiry Learning approach. Inquiry Learning is a collaborative process in which teachers and students work together to negotiate various aspects of the curriculum. Inquiry Learning involves students posing their own questions, exploring answers and solving problems.
This approach provides learners opportunities to actively develop skills that enable them to locate, gather, analyse, critique and apply information in a wide range of contexts, as they develop understanding of particular concepts.
Some features of our Inquiry approach