In the St Margaret’s primary school (Prep to Year 6), learning is at the heart of all we do and learning contexts are created to engage, inspire and challenge the girls to optimise achievement across all domains of learning. There is a commitment to exemplary teaching and to empowering students to set and monitor their own learning through reflection, goal setting and feedback.
Teachers know that the best learning occurs at a point of challenge and they employ evidence-based, high-impact teaching strategies to actively engage students in learning that moves them from surface level to deep and then deeper levels of thinking.
The teaching and learning programs in the primary school are informed by the Australian Curriculum with the following subjects being studied from Prep:
- History and Geography (Years P – 2)
- History, Geography and Civics and Citizenship (Years 3 – 6)
- History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Business and Economics (Years 5 – 6)
- Health and Physical Education
- The Arts – Music and Visual Art
- Modern Languages
St Margaret’s students also engage with studies in Religious and Values Education and participate in a Pastoral Care Programs.
The Core Plus Cluster Program (PDF 196.6KB) is delivered by class teachers and specialist teachers. This allows students to benefit from deep subject level specialty knowledge and teaching strategies.
STEM Learning in the Primary School
From Prep, our primary students are engaged in coding applications and robotic devices are used to ignite and develop the girls' science, technology and engineering acumen.
Specialist teachers such as our Primary Maths Specialist bring a higher level of expertise to the primary curriculum and further inspire students' learning.
A maker style space 'Atelier' is part of the Primary School. From paper craft to 3D printing, in this environment small hands will combine with youthful imagination to invent and construct, cultivating our students' creativity, social-emotional capacity, innovative thinking, problem solving, skilled communication and design thinking. The Atelier space will honour the innate curiosity of our learners through real-life experiences in food technology, tinkering, design, robotics, environmental studies, media studies, science and materials technology.