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Key Learning Areas - A Snapshot

English

Reading and writing are essential and explicitly delivered on a daily basis in our literacy block.

Some of the activities children are involved in include:

  • Annual Speaking and Verse Competitions
  • Book Week celebrations
  • ICAS – English, Writing and Spelling

Mathematics

Mathematics is essential and explicitly delivered on a daily basis in our numeracy block.

 

Some of the activities the children are involved in include:

  • Students from Years 5 and 6 participate in the District Maths Tournament
  • ICAS – Mathematics

History

Students investigate the past and draw conclusions about the influence of past civilisations on today’s culture.  Younger students look at local history, our middle school students examine exploration and colonisation of Australia and our older students investigate the way democracy has developed and how ancient civilisations existed.

Geography

An exciting new area in 2014, this subject looks at the world beyond our shores and how cultures interact with each other.

The Arts

The Arts program at Patricks Road enables students to communicate and express their knowledge and understanding about life through Dance, Drama, Media, Music and Visual Art.

Music & Performing Arts

Patricks Road has an enviable reputation in Brisbane North for its comprehensive Music Program and the opportunities it provides for its students. These include:

 

  • Choirs from Year 2 onwards
  • Stringed instruments begin in Year 3, and brass, woodwind and percussion in Year 4
  • Annual Performing Arts Celebration

Visual Arts

 

Students at Patricks Road have tremendous talent in the area of Visual Arts. School programs encourage development of skills and understanding in a variety of media. Events include:

  • The annual ‘Squiggle and Giggle’ Art Exhibition presented by the Prep and Year One classes
  • The weekly foyer displays, showcase the variety and range of artistic experiences available in classrooms.

Indonesian and German Embassies (LOTE)

 

At Patricks Road State School, LOTE is devoted to broadening students experience and understanding of other cultures through the early study of German and Indonesian. Opportunities include the Annual Verse Speaking Competition hosted by the Ferny Grove High School, celebration of the German and Indonesian National Day and homestay visits from international schools.

Science

At Patricks Road State School, we have a new Science and Technology Information Centre (STIC). This, along with our specialist Science teacher, provides exciting opportunities for the students to be exposed to and experiment with the wonders of Science. Some of the activities the students participate in are:

 

  • Weekly lunchtime Science Club (Sticky Science)
  • Science Week
  • Invention Convention
  • Excursions and field trips
  • Specialist visits
  • Extension of Year Seven students in conjunction with Ferny Grove High School

Technology

The process of designing, making and appraising is at the heart of the Technology Key Learning area with students exploring, applying and developing information, materials and systems. The connection to sustainability and the effect decisions can have on our environment and people, tie this Key Learning Area to History, Geography and Science.

Health and Physical Education

The Health and PE Key Learning Area promotes the development of student knowledge, processes, skills and attitudes necessary to ensure a healthy outlook on life. Students participate in:

  • Interschool sport in Years 5 - 6 and Interhouse sport in Years 3 - 6
  • Skill development programs for Years 3 and 4  Annual Athletics, Swimming and Cross Country Carnivals 
  • District and regional representative sports 
  • Learn to Swim program for years 1 to 3

ICT – Computers

We have a bank of ipads in each room and two computer labs with new computers, thanks to the generosity of our P & C. Each class from Prep to Year Three is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and our Year Four to Seven classes have mounted interactive data projectors, screens and speakers. Our Year Six students are able to work wirelessly, courtesy of a bank of laptops and this enables them to be very flexible about the use of ICTs.  We have a fully functional green room equipped with an Apple laptop for movie-making. We are always considering how technology can enhance the learning of our students and our teachers are encouraged to seek professional development opportunities which will enhance their skills.

Extra Support and Opportunity

 

Providing students with opportunities to succeed and grow, Patricks Road extends student learning with:
  • Learning Support.
  • Special Education.
  • Students from Years 3 - 6 voluntarily take part in International Academic Competitions.
  • Advancement Program.

Religious Instruction

 
Religious instruction (RI) is offered at the school and is conducted on Thursdays and Fridays.
The faith group/s that provide/s religious instructors to deliver an authorised program is/are listed below:
Arrangements for programs
Participating faith group/s
Name of RI program
Delivery details
Cooperative program
 
Anglican, Assembly of God, Baptist, Churches of Christ, Catholic, Grovely Christian Community Church, Lutheran, Persbyterian, Uniting, North West Community Church (That Church), Salvation Army.
· North West Combined Churches Program
· Patricks Road State Primary School
· Thursday 9:30 – 3:00
· Friday 10:30 – 2:30
· Yr 1 classes 30 minutes per fortnight
· Yr 2 – 6 classes 30 minutes per week per class
 
Parents of child/ren participating in these programs will be advised if a faith group requires funds to cover the expense of materials used in RI.
Students are allocated to RI based on information provided by parents on the completed Application for Student Enrolment unless other written instructions have been provided to the school.
Note: This information remains operational unless the parent informs the school otherwise in writing.
Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location. Other instruction must relate to part of a subject area already covered in class and may include, but is not restricted to:
·                personal research and/or assignments
·                revision of class work such as creative writing or literacy and/or numeracy activities which could include online programs currently accessed by the students of that school (i.e. Mathletics, Reading Eggs)
·                wider reading such as independent reading appropriate to the student
 
Parents will be advised of any changes to the RI and other instruction programs to ensure they are able to make an informed decision on their child’s participation