30 Babbage Island Road
Po Box 141
Carnarvon WA 6701
(08) 9941 4533
The Western Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities that are important for Carnarvon Christian School students. It describes the learning entitlement of students as a foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community.
Carnarvon Christian School provides a well-balanced curriculum but has different priorities in its two phrases of learning.
Literacy and numeracy, integrated across the curriculum, are priority areas in the early years (typically Kindergarten-Year 2, and into Years 3-4).
The emphasis moves to encompass all eight learning areas in the upper primary years 5 and 6.
Learning in the early years of schooling at CCS is based on the guiding Principles of the National Quality Standard. The programme is play-based (learning through play) which develops empathy, creativity, concentration, optimism, openness and is linked to the development of resilience. Play-based learning is described in the EYLF as ‘a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they actively engage with people, objects and representations’ (EYLF, 2009, p. 46). Our teachers explore with the children and their families, to understand their current interests and then embed them within teaching learning situations (play-based) which engages them. Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 22, No. 3.
While Kindergarten is play-based, as children move to Pre-primary, year 1 and then onward to year 2, the Western Australian Curriculum gradually replaces the Early Years Learning Framework.
The best window of opportunity for children to focus on reading opens when they are in their early years Therefore in Kindergarten, the early literacy focus is developing oral language and Phonemic Awareness skills, at the same time fostering creativity and the love of reading.
Middle and upper Primary
The School Curriculum and Standards Authority of W.A. mandate that all schools follow the W.A Curriculum with its eight learning areas. At CCS we also include Bible as a ninth “subject” but the Christian perspective is integral to all learning areas.
A whole school approach is used to ensure continuity in learning between the year levels.
A strong emphasis is placed on Literacy and Numeracy at CCS. 50% of our teaching/learning time is devoted to developing these most important skills. Teachers often use a thematic approach to integrate cross curricular learning opportunities into literacy and numeracy.