Learning & Teaching

Curriculum Overview

The Parish Priest and the school staff view the school as a Christ-centred catholic community; therefore development of Gospel values is nurtured in the children and permeates all curriculum areas.

Horizons of Hope

At Queen of Peace we are guided by the Education Framework for the Archdiocese of Melbourne, Horizons of Hope. This document supports Catholic school communities to engage in dialogue about the distinctive nature of learning and teaching in Catholic Schools and to work together in the pursuit of excellence within a Catholic context. Horizons of Hope challenges us to respond to the changing demands of education and to meet the needs of each child. “Young people call us to renewed and expansive hope, for they represent new directions for humanity and open us up to the future.” (Pope Francis 2013)

Victorian Curriculum

At Queen of Peace we structure our learning curriculum on the Victorian Curriculum F-10 which incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards.This curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by our children for lifelong learning, social development and active and informed citizenship. The Victorian Curriculum F-10 provides for 11 levels for English and Mathematics (Prep to Year 10) and 2 year bands (eg: Yrs 1 and 2) for most other learning areas (subjects). Curriculum planning at Queen of Peace is based on two year bands of schooling rather than each year level. In Faith Life Inquiry the learning is organised in units with significant content across, and within learning areas selected to develop the children’s understanding of the world.

In addition, the school offers students the opportunity to partake in:

  • Keyboard tuition
  • Guitar tuition
  • Community based projects

Queen of Peace is an

  • Asthma Friendly School
  • Sun Smart School.
  • eSmart School.

A Before & After School Care Program runs at Queen of Peace

Learning at QoP

The specific learning that is happening at Queen of Peace is communicated to parents and caregivers through the “Learning at QoP” publication. This document provides important information about curriculum at Queen of Peace. “Learning at QoP” is distributed twice a term; a whole school overview at the beginning of the term and year level overviews midway through the term. This document is delivered electronically via the website (see Parents | Curriculum Updates) and the School Newsletter. Hard copies are available upon request, please ask at the office.

English

In English, we are guided by the Victorian Curriculum with the aims and intentions of the Horizons of Hope. It is intended that the children develop their knowledge, understanding and skills across the strands of Language, Literature and Literacy. It aims at ensuring the three modes of listening and speaking, reading and viewing and writing are all connected. Teachers regularly gather and use data about the explicit needs of children to inform learning and teaching. When planning, many Literacy links are made across the curriculum, such as Faith Life Inquiry, the Capabilities and The Arts.

Mathematics

In Maths, we are guided by the Victorian Curriculum with the aims and intentions of the Horizons of Hope. Mathematical content is taken from the strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. We aim to use data from pre and post assessments to inform our teaching and differentiate the learning experiences according to the needs of our children. Facilitated Planning during the term allows for rich discussion and shared collaboration of ideas among the teachers.

Inquiry Learning

Digital Technologies

The Digital Technologies curriculum at Queen of Peace is embedded in all areas of the school curriculum. It encompasses the aims and intentions of the Horizons of Hope Framework, the Victorian Digital Technologies Curriculum, and is reflected in the ways information and communication technologies are used in learning and teaching programs. We are committed to providing contemporary learning opportunities to enable all children to be confident and creative designers and problem solvers.

At Queen of Peace we strive to move beyond the use of digital technologies as a substitution or modification of traditional teaching methods. We aim to redefine digital technologies and create rich learning opportunities that are applicable for our 21st century world.

Our children engage in a number of programs that enable exposure to multiple devices and platforms that create greater digital literacy competencies for all. Some of these include:

  • A 1-1 iPad program for our years 4, 5 and 6 children
  • Access for all children in the school to iPads, Chromebooks, Laptops & robotics.
  • The use of digital portfolios to reflect and share work.
  • The use of industry standard software such as G Suite (Google Apps for Education)
  • A comprehensive e Safety program.
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