Learning & Teaching
St Peter's Primary School Bentleigh East
At St Peter’s Primary School our goal is to nurture and develop each child into lifelong learners. We provide a comprehensive, differentiated and inclusive curriculum to cater for each and every child.
In line with the Victorian state based curriculum, we promote learning that empowers students to question, critique, take risks and understand the ever changing world around them.
We cater to a variety of learning styles, backgrounds and interests both in the every day activities of the classroom and through a range of extracurricular programs such as Visual and Performing Arts, Japanese, Physical Education, Library, Information and Communications Technology and Sustainability Projects.
Education in Faith
Education in Faith
Our Catholic teachings impact on the way our students live out their daily lives showing care, respect and uniqueness for each other in the classroom and in the playground.
At St Peter’s, the teaching of English is an integral component of the broader curriculum. Through language we come to understand, interpret and respond to the world around us. All students are explicitly taught English skills and strategies through the three modes of the English curriculum - Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Students have the opportunity to learn during whole class and small group situations where they are immersed in a wide range of literature to foster a love of reading and writing.
Inquiry based learning combines a number of different domains together to ensure that learning is relevant and engaging. The focus is topic based and developed around inquiry based learning principles where the child constructs much of their understanding of the natural and human-designed worlds in which we live.
At St Peter’s, we run a comprehensive Physical Education program that aims to develop lifelong appreciation for movement. Our Health and Physical education classes focus on students enhancing their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity in a range of sports and activities. Our students also have the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting clinics, interschool sport, cross country, and whole school swimming program.
Our goal at St Peter’s is to create opportunities for students to feel empowered and educated to take on any mathematics task. We believe that the teaching of Mathematics equips students with the necessary skills and efficient strategies that they can apply to successfully navigate their day to day lives. In line with the Victorian Curriculum, students' numeracy skills are developed through exposure to concepts from the three strands of Mathematics: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. The students are empowered to think logically, and fluently with an emphasis on problem solving and developing relational thinking in all areas of Mathematics.
At St Peter’s, the Digital Technologies curriculum enables students to incorporate the world of technology into their learning. Students become confident and creative developers of digital solutions through the application of information systems, and specific ways of thinking about problem solving. Our aim is to embed digital learning into the curriculum seamlessly to keep up with the ever changing digital world.
Our Art curriculum gives students the opportunity to learn, explore, create and respond to various art elements and mediums. Students explore the arts and learn how artworks can represent the world and that they can make artworks to represent their ideas about the world. They share their artworks with peers and experience being an audience to respond to others’ art making. As they experience the arts, students draw on artworks from a range of cultures, times and locations including the exploration of the arts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The Performing Arts curriculum at St Peter’s includes drama, musicality and movement. Students learn to think, move, speak and act with confidence. Throughout the Performing Arts curriculum they learn how to be focused, innovative, resourceful, collaborative, resilient and take on responsibilities for drama presentations. Students are exposed to a wide variety of performance styles and genres and participate in activities to enhance and develop these skills. They explore many areas from simple improvisation through to juggling and Shakespeare. A specialised out-of-school-hours program called FEDPAS caters for students who want to go deeper into the performing arts.
Our L.O.T.E program is Japanese which provides practical experiences for students to learn about Japanese culture and to become familiar with the language, the society and their traditions. The Foundation to Year 6 program is based on a communicative approach which focuses on actions, gestures, everyday language and structured interactions, as well as an in depth look at Japanese culture. The program is sequential, it recycles and builds on the language the children learn from year to year.
Supporting All Learners
In every class we welcome, value and nurture students of all abilities and work with them to ensure every student is reaching their full potential. Assistance and support is given to students facing barriers that impact their learning by offering classroom and school based intervention programs.
The classroom teachers also provide learning experiences which cater to our high achieving students. We offer school based extension program opportunities for students who are achieving results well above the scope of the classroom. A range of special programs are offered to extend students across all areas of the curriculum.
Staff Professional Learning
The dedicated teachers and learning support officers at St Peter’s Primary School participate in rich professional learning activities designed to continuously improve their skills as educators.
We believe the professional development of staff is integral to everything we do as a school, both in the classroom and as a community. By providing developmental opportunities, we look to improve the quality of education and care offered to students and enable staff to achieve their professional goals.