The St Anthony's Curriculum
The St Anthony's Curriculum is based on National Education Goals, the NZ Curriculum and the National Religious Education Curriculum. It is the school’s intention that staff work together to deliver a balanced curriculum which reflects “best practice” in education. For this reason, programmes are constantly reviewed and refined. A high emphasis is placed on Literacy and the teaching of Mathematics, as skills learned in these areas underpin all school activities.
At St Anthony's we pride ourselves on the engaging and varied curriculum that we offer our students. For the first time this year, we have been able to offer a Music specialist to teach Year 1-8 each week. During Term 2 our students have engaged in football sessions with a professional coach as well as Kapa Haka with a specialist teacher.
We are also very pleased to announce that we have secured a Mandarin Languages Assistant to teach Chinese and the Chinese culture to our Year 5-8 students starting Term 3 until the end of the year. This programme is in partnership with The Confucius Institute at Victoria University and Scots College. We are delighted to be able to offer this wonderful learning opportunity to our students.
Teachers are continually involved in professional learning and there is a strong commitment to provide quality Catholic education for the children. The attitudes and values, which the school instils, are based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and Christian principles. We aim to teach the Religious Education Programme for Catholic Primary Schools in such a way that the knowledge, attitude and skills of our students are developed, and that therefore the children have the opportunity to deepen their faith and know what the Catholic Church believes and teaches. Within our programmes, all of the Learning Areas will be integrated into Learn About Our Faith. By using an inquiry approach to Religious Education, the students will develop a greater understanding of how this important curriculum learning area can be integrated into all aspects of their learning and life.
Learning programmes are based on The Key Competencies (Thinking – Managing Self – Relating to Others – Understanding Texts and Symbols – Participating and Contributing) and the Essential Learning Areas:
- Religious Education (Learn About Our Faith)
- Te Reo Māori
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Technology and Digital Fluency
- Social Science
- The Arts
- Health and Physical Education
The NZ Numeracy Framework outlines the knowledge and strategy a child should know at each numeracy stage. Strong knowledge is necessary for students to broaden their strategies across a full range of numbers.
Knowledge creates the foundation for strategy
What is knowledge? Knowledge is all those things that a student can instantly recall in order to think (e.g. Jan works out 9 + 4 by counting-on. The strategy Jan uses is that she must start counting at 10, (and not 9) she must say the next four numbers in the counting sequence and she must know that answer to 9 + 4 is the last number she says. All of this is strategy or thinking. The knowledge Jan must have is the counting forward starting from 10 without having to think about what comes next.
Banks = Knowledge and was developed at St Anthony’s
- It is based on the IKAN test
- It is anticipated that students will be in Banks 3 - 5 for at least 1-2 years per Bank
- The students are tested and streamed according to needs for 4, 15 minute sessions each week
- The students are tested, their results analysed and then regrouped 3 times a year
- Data indicates that we are building a solid foundation of knowledge among our students
Banks success criteria
Here is the success criteria for the Banks Levels so that you can see what your child/ren are working on: