Specialised Learning Areas
All children have the experience of learning Italian at the school. Foreign language learning apart from the obvious benefits, allows the brain to develop pathways that also impact positively on other learning areas, e.g. mathematics, music and the understanding of their own first language.
Language learning in a primary school setting is about a positive exposure to a foreign language and culture. In the classroom, language is learnt through studying cultural topics or topics that are relevant to the children’s lives. It is of paramount importance that the children’s experience of learning Italian instills in them an interest and receptiveness to other people, languages and cultures throughout their lives.
Embracing other languages and cultures is increasingly becoming important as we move towards a more global community. Cultural awareness and sensitivity is a necessary requirement in any relationship; either local or global. As an educator, I am passionate about exposing the children to a world beyond our shores.
The Performing Arts
At Henley Beach Primary, we strive to promote the benefits of living a healthy and active life, in and out of school. Due to our highly engaged and active staff members, student participation in sporting activities is very strong at Henley Beach Primary.
Students of all year levels take part in regular fitness and skill activities and have weekly PE lessons. PE lessons encourage participation of all where students strive to do their best, challenge themselves and play like ‘good sports’.
In PE younger students primarily learn and develop Fundamental Movement Skills. These are the basic skills involved in being active and these are developed through explicit teaching, practice, game play and introduction to sports. They also learn the basics of game play, strategy and all that is involved in being a ‘good sport’.
Our older students play sports and games in PE time with an exposure to common and less common sports. They also engage in clinics where they can access sporting coaches. Students learn about types of games and sports rather than discreet sports. There is also a further development of understandings of game play and strategy. Students are encouraged to behave in ways that support the ‘good sport’ ethos and show leadership amongst their peers and across the school. PE participation involves both written and physical components so students can show their learning in multiple ways.
Each year we have a Sports Day and our school fields teams in school based and district School Sport SA (SAPSASA) competitions. We also enter teams into other carnival style school sporting competitions.
Students from Reception to Year Five are involved in yearly swimming lessons in the last week of school at the Thebarton Aquatics Centre and the year 6 students take part in Aquatics at West lakes.
Technologies draws together the distinct but related subjects of Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies. It will ensure that all students benefit from learning about and working with traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies that shape the world in which we live.
In creating solutions, as well as responding to the designed world, students will contribute to sustainable patterns of living for themselves and others.