Phases of Learning

​Each part of the school responds to the developmental needs of the learners, providing high quality teaching and learning matched to the students it serves. Following are some of the considerations given to providing a learner centred education within The Early Years and Year 3 -6 phases of learning.

Early Years

All children in the early years of schooling (Prep -Year 2) at St Rita's Catholic Primary School, Victoria Point, are entitled to a holistic curriculum which is responsive to each child's diverse and unique spiritual, cognitive, physical, social, cultural and emotional learning needs. 

Learning and Teaching in the Early Years at St Rita's is characterised by:

  • Explicit evidence based teaching that is purposeful, focused and targeted. 
  • Application and understanding of contemporary early childhood pedagogy by early years educators.
  • Planning and Teaching that uses the BCE Effective and Expected Practices including Gradual Release of Responsibility and Teaching Phonics in Context.
  • Daily opportunities for children to problem solve, experiment, take risks, persist, sustain interactions and co-construct knowledge. 
  • Daily opportunities for sensory, concrete, creative and social engagement activities.
  • ​Teacher and student-initiated learning experiences.

​The five Contexts For Early Learning Development are:

  • Play
  • Real life situations
  • investigations
  • Routines and transiitions
  • Focussed learning and teaching​

Year 3 – Year 6

For year 3-6 students teachers continue to scaffold and support students to promote and develop independence in learning and provide opportunities for students to consolidate collaborations skills and gain success through working with others.  Students gain experiences in becoming active and informed members of the community through interactive and contemporary learning and teaching.

Students are given multiple opportunities to activate and demonstrate knowledge and understanding and develop their thinking and reasoning skills.  Students work towards learning intentions and success criteria that reflect high expectations.