The curriculum in the Primary School at Billanook College is designed to enable students to achieve success in attaining their maximum educational development by catering for individual differences and needs. The curriculum is implemented in a vibrant and engaging environment where the children develop a love for life-long learning.
The Early Years Literacy program provides the foundation of English language skills in the Primary School. Beginning with an emphasis on engaging and enriching experiences in oral and written language in Prep and Junior levels, our curriculum is based around relevant, shared learning experiences.Themes continue to provide a rich context for the exploration of Literacy in Middle and Senior Primary years. Many opportunities arise for students to gain confidence in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Mathematics is a dynamic Faculty within the core curriculum in the Primary School. We believe that all students have the capacity to develop an understanding and passion for Mathematics. Children at Billanook learn to become confident numerate citizens, through linking firmly set foundations and targeted open - ended questions to real-world applications.
Primary School students utilise contemporary science resources in a dedicated laboratory classroom. Each Science lesson is conducted in the Science Laboratory and the children experience a wonderful range of hands-on experiments covering the fields of chemistry, physics, biology and environmental science. In a safe, stimulating and informative environment, children are learning major concepts in science; understanding their experiences lead to a sophisticated and consolidated understanding in the later years of secondary science.
The Primary School Visual Art program aims to develop and encourage the children’s self expression and visual awareness through creating, making and presenting. Appreciation of their own peer and adult artwork is an integral part of learning. Children are encouraged to explore and respond to art in past and present contexts and as relevant to their experience. Art frequently forms the creative extension of the current classroom theme, but it also provides many experiences that are uniquely those of the visual arts.
Performing Arts - music, drama and movement - is a joyful experience and a valuable part of the School curriculum as it supplies a means for self-expression, a mode of communication and develops both individual and group skills, physically and creatively. It aims to integrate the art forms of music, drama and dance so that all students are encouraged to participate and extend their learning in the Arts through achieving enjoyment and success. In the Primary School, students have the opportunity to learn one or more musical instruments throughout the day. Our program provides students not only with essential skills for performing music, drama and movement, but also with fun filled, enriching experiences. Every child in the Billanook College Primary School attends a one-hour specialist class of Performing Arts. The curriculum is hybrid music/drama, focusing on the elements of drama and music which empower the students to make, create, explore and respond to the performing arts, whether it be playing the recorder, or performing in a full scale theatrical production.
Billanook College is a School of the Uniting Church with Christian values permeating our values base, decision making and Pastoral Care program. Our Uniting Church Chaplain, participates in Primary School Assemblies by sharing a Bible reading reflection and an understanding for children of how its messages relate to their life today.
Each term, through Integrated studies, students develop a broader knowledge and understanding of relevant themes linked throughout the curriculum. The inclusion of activities in Integrated Studies purposefully enables students to develop skills relating to personal and social knowledge. Students are able to gain greater perspective of their needs through contrasting available resources and making comparisons to the global community. Students record their reflections and understandings through the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and communication and evaluation.
Information Communication Technology
Children live in a dynamic, ever changing electronic world. The College aims to build on children’s skills with on-going refinement in the selection, analysis and interpretation of electronic information. Through the use and application of information technology, students develop a systematic and creative approach to using technology to solve problems, make presentations, increase learning and have fun.
Languages other than English (LOTE)
It is said that speaking a second language is ‘a gateway to international opportunities’. In our increasingly multi-lingual world, more people speak two languages than one, and contact with speakers of other languages is rapidly growing. Both German and Indonesian studies are offered in the Primary School. Languages studies at Billanook College are engaging and responsive to students’ abilities and needs, developing not only their language skills but their knowledge, understanding and the attributes necessary to be a ‘global citizen’ allowing them to successfully participate and engage in local, cross-cultural and global communities. Our language classes are alive with the buzz of interactive activities which engage learners in simulated yet authentic experiences with native speakers from the local community. Opportunities to perform in Indonesian and German plays further develop speaking skills and e-learning in turn transports the students from the classroom to another world. The opportunity for language learning at Billanook College Primary is out of this world!
Outdoor Education provides children with new and challenging experiences. These experiences enhance their physical skills as well as foster social attitudes, knowledge of their environment and development of personal character. By engaging in outdoor education, students will gain a better appreciation of the fragile balance between humans and their environment.
Physical Education is a vital component of Primary Education at Billanook College. The emphasis of the program is to develop skills, have fun and promote positive attitudes toward physical activity. Physical Education is a comprehensive program that includes fitness, ball skills, athletics, gymnastics and swimming.
In the Prep and Junior Primary years, lessons focus on skill acquisition. The Prep classes also participate in the Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) to refine and develop both fine and gross motor skills.
In the Middle and Senior Primary years, lessons build on the skills acquired in the Junior Years. Senior Primary students also compete in weekly interschool Sport in the Mooroolbark District Sports Association and all levels participate in a sequential Swimming Program that aims to develop water skills, confidence and stroke technique.