Curriculum

At Peace Lutheran Primary School we aim to develop the individual student as a unique creation of God with unique gifts, talents and needs.  Using the Australian Curriculum, the LEA Vision for Learners and Learning, and the Melbourne Declaration, Peace strives to deliver a quality education nurturing the hearts and minds of students.

At Peace we believe that:

  • Each child is an individual, created by God with unique strengths and abilities
  • Learning is a developmental process; children learn at different rates and times
  • The building of relationships is central to effective teaching and learning

Key Learning Areas at Peace include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Christian Studies
  • Science
  • HASS – including Geography, History, Civics & Citizenship
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Music
  • The Arts
  • Technologies
  • BRAiNgro
  • Personal Development

As a Christian school our Christian Studies Curriculum forms the basis for the education and pastoral care of our students. It forms a vital part of the whole school Christian education along with activities such as school worship and devotions. The Christian Studies Curriculum Framework (CSCF) provides a structure for Christian Studies in which students can explore a range of religious and non- religious perspectives set in the context of the whole Christian education experience of the school.

BRAiNgro

At Peace we value each student as an individual and recognise all students grow and develop at different rates. This includes their development socially and emotionally. In the Australian Curriculum, the Personal and Social Capability addresses the need for schools to provide opportunities for students to develop in this area as they learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively.

Leadership

All students are encouraged and supported to develop the necessary skills to become a leader. We believe that students are not born leaders and that these skills require nurturing throughout their education at Peace. Through the curriculum and extra curricula activities, students are given opportunity to develop leadership skills. This ensures that all students view themselves as leaders and have equal opportunity to become leaders of Peace Lutheran Primary School.

Buddy Program

At Peace each year level is allocated a Buddy class. Buddy classes spend time together building relationships. Some activities include eating lunch together, being creative with art and craft, playing games, reading together or doing something nice for each other. Year 5 have buddies at the Gatton Kindergarten allowing them to build friendships in preparation for when the younger students attend school. Our Year 6 students are ``buddied up`` with our Preppies enabling a smooth transition for the younger students as they begin their journey at Peace.

Resource Centre

Our teacher librarian and library assistant staff support children and teachers with research, resources and reading material. Organized lunch time activities encourage children to access the Resource Centre during breaks. Children are encouraged to borrow reading material from the library regularly.

Classroom Music

Children at Peace participate in weekly music lessons conducted by our music specialist teacher. Private lessons are also made available depending on the access to instrumental teachers.

Dance Fever

Each year the Dance Fever Company conducts dance lessons with all classes. This culminates in an end of year school dance.

Education Support & Short Courses

At Peace Lutheran Primary School we understand that students have different learning styles and interests, and may learn at a different pace or in a different way to their peers. With a diverse range of abilities within each year level, we recognise that some students have additional learning needs and require assistance to help them achieve success at a level suitable to them. Our Education Support Teacher works in partnership with all classroom teachers to carefully monitor and support student progress. Students with a disability, learning difficulty or learning difference are identified and the best form of support is developed. This may comprise of inclusive support in the classroom offered by the teacher aide or individual or small groups of students being withdrawn from the class to participate in Short Course programs planned and implemented by the Education Support teacher (usually focused on literacy and/or numeracy skills). Intensive programs, including MiniLit and MacqLit are also offered to students struggling with reading, who meet the program requirements. We believe that each student is unique and has the capacity to learn. We believe that collaboration between the Education Support Teacher, classroom teacher, parents and students is the most important element in ensuring a successful education.

Sporting Program

Inclusive fees cover the cost of many sporting activities - dance fever, fees for buses to sporting activities, registration fees, swimming lessons and entry into the pool.All students participate in weekly Physical Education Lessons lead by the Physical Education Teacher and supplemented by the classroom teachers. In these lessons students have the opportunity to learn and participate in a variety of sports such as lawn bowls, ten pin bowling, golf, gymnastics, bike safety, basketball, footsal, rugby league and aussie rules just to name a few. Year 5 and 6 participate in interschool sporting opportunities such as soccer, cricket, netball and softball each term. After school sports practice is offered ‘in season’ and extra-curricular activities are offered through interested teachers and community members. Our sports houses – Amity (Peace), Creed (Faith) and Valour (Courage) – compete in swimming, athletics and cross county competitions. Age champion medals are awarded at the swimming, cross country and athletics carnivals to children in year 3-6. Because the children in P-2 are still young and developing their skills, the sporting focus is based on non-competitive, fun activities where all children can participate and receive a sense of achievement.

BYOD at Peace

As new technologies continue to change the world in which we live, they also provide many new and positive educational benefits for classroom instruction. To encourage this growth, students in Years 5 and 6, and students in other year levels by negotiation, at Peace Lutheran Primary School may now bring their own iPad device to campus. With the introduction of the Technologies Curriculum Peace has embraced iPad’s as a tool for students to engage with and respond to learning within their classroom and home environments. Use of iPads at Peace enhances traditional teaching methods through alternative avenues of researching, exploring, developing and producing work in their classrooms. Peace continues to explore this new curriculum through Professional Development for teachers and continual review of our procedures and practices using iPads and devices in the classroom.

Camps & Excursions

Camping is an integral part of our curriculum program. Peace has an annual school camping/excursion programme that operates for all classes. Camps have direct links to the curriculum and are planned to give children a wide cross section of experiences. Camps begin with a one night sleep-over in Year 1, 2 and 3 and Years 4, 5 and 6 spending 3 days and two nights at camp. Camps are scheduled to incorporate bush, beach and leadership experiences and are included in school fees meaning parents have no extra cost.

BRAiNgro and The Zones of Regulation

At Peace we value each student as an individual and recognise all students grow and develop at different rates. This includes their development socially and emotionally.

In the Australian Curriculum, the Personal and Social Capability addresses the need for schools to provide opportunities for students to develop in this area as they learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively.

The Personal and Social Capability involves students practicing a range of skills including recognising and regulating emotions, developing empathy for others and understanding relationships, establishing and building positive relationships, making responsible decisions, working effectively in teams, handling challenging situations constructively and developing leadership skills.

Therefore, as part of our curriculum we maintain a focus on the emotional well-being through programs called BRAiNgro and The Zones of Regulation. These programs link with the Australian Curriculum through the Personal and Social Capability.

BRAiNgro is a whole school well-being program that uses the latest neuroscience research to provide students with a range of tools to improve social, emotional and educational learning. The program begins at foundation level and carries into secondary schools. BRAiNgro focuses on enhancing each students capacity at a neural level, to develop young people capable of thriving with resilience and an overall sense of well-being.

The Zones of Regulation lessons are designed to help children:

  • Recognise when they are in different zones
  • Increase vocabulary or emotional terms
  • Read body language and facial expressions
  • Learn the triggers that lead them to be in certain zones
  • Identify strategies for calming down and problem-solving skills
  • Learn how to use strategies to change or stay in the zone they are in

Identify how their behaviour when they are in a certain zone can impact others and themselves.

Leadership

All students are encouraged and supported to develop the necessary skills to become a leader. We believe that students are not born leaders and that these skills require nurturing throughout their education at Peace. Through the curriculum and extra curricula activities, students are given opportunity to develop leadership skills. This ensures that all students view themselves as leaders and have equal opportunity to become leaders of Peace Lutheran Primary School.

Student leadership roles challenge individuals to develop their personal and social capability as outlined in the Australian Curriculum. Student leaders will display well-developed social and emotional skills with the ability to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. The development of personal and social capability is a foundation for learning and for citizenship. Our student leaders will set the example for all others to follow.

The primary leadership roles at Peace Lutheran Primary School are School Captains, House Captains, SRC Captain, Service Captain, Arts Captain and ICT/Library Captain. All senior students are required to serve throughout a variety of areas within the school on a roster basis.

Peace Lutheran Primary School leaders will reflect and demonstrate the school’s values of:

Respect

Perseverance

Hope

Humility

Service

Courage

Cooperation

Honesty/Integrity

Forgiveness