We believe in preparing students for the real world. Curriculum in the Primary School aims to develop students’ knowledge, processes, skills and attitudes in order for them to be active learners and life participants. We seek to facilitate learning experiences in order that each child is fostered cognitively, spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally.
The curriculum at Immanuel Lutheran College is dynamic, practical and ongoing. It constantly seeks to ensure that learning is meaningful, developmental and purposeful. It retains an ‘old basics’ philosophy whereby consistent teaching and learning of core skills in Mathematics and English will equip students with the necessary requirements to operate effectively in the 21st century. At Immanuel, we meet all the expectations and requirements of the Australian Curriculum.
Our students learn Mathematics, English, Science, Humanities and Social Science (HASS), the Arts, Languages (German), Health and Physical Education and Technologies. Also, as part of our Christian faith and belief, students learn Christian Studies which is based on the Lutheran Education Australia Christian Studies Curriculum Framework. They also have many opportunities to engage in different sporting, cultural and interest activities throughout the year.
The presentation of the curriculum in our classrooms occurs through the explicit teaching of each subject. Robust units of inquiry ensure that the learning in each classroom is rich and deep.
Whilst we understand that all children will vary in their levels of understanding and development of skills throughout the year, every effort is made to ensure that:
• Students are provided with a safe learning environment in order for them to develop in as many areas as possible
• Students are provided with constant support and reinforcement to practise vital skills
• All children are encouraged to gain competency in basic processes, knowledge and skills within disciplines and key concepts in order to move through year levels with confidence
• Students are given the opportunity to receive additional learning support in literacy and numeracy under the direction of our Learning Enhancement Department
• Students who qualify are given the opportunity to be extended beyond the core curriculum
We build students’ wellbeing through explicit teaching of Positive Psychology. The PERMA model (Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment) builds knowledge of how our brain works and fosters positive experiences to buffer against negative emotional experience. This wellbeing focus is supported by many progressive programs such as Zones of Regulation which teaches young students to identify emotions and regulate them using different tools or activities through to Peer Support, where older students lead small groups through various activities designed to foster multi-age relationships and build interpersonal skills.
Immanuel seeks to develop happy, confident, independent youngsters with a solid learning base in all areas of the curriculum where the whole child is the whole point.