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Subjects

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

- PROVERBS 24:3-4

Christian Living

“The end of learning is to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love Him, to imitate Him and to be like Him.”

– JOHN MILTON –

The Bible tells us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”, and that God has created each of us with great potential and value. We want our students to discover this as they grow to understand the wonderful plan of salvation revealed through Jesus Christ.

While a Christian worldview undergirds all of our learning and teaching programs, we have at Pre-Primary to Year 6, a period each week dedicated to directly teaching the fundamental beliefs, values and practices associated with the Christian gospel based upon the holy bible. This is then supplemented by our fortnightly RAVE (Religion and Values Education) sessions.

English

“I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still.”

– SYLVIA PLATH –

We are out to create confident communicators and imaginative thinkers who can use language, symbols, texts, and different media to form and express ideas and feelings; to reason, persuade and entertain.

Our English curriculum is organised into three interrelated strands that together focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, and writing.

The three strands are:

  • Language: knowing about the English language
  • Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing, and creating literature
  • Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage

Mathematics

“Mathematics is the language with which God wrote the universe.”

– GALILEO –

Our rich mathematical learning programs are designed to have all students grow as confident, creative users and communicators of mathematical knowledge and skills, directly relevant to their everyday lives.  

The Mathematics curriculum is organised around the content strands of Number and AlgebraMeasurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability in interaction with the proficiency strands of Understanding, Fluency, Problem-Solving, and Reasoning.

At Years 4 to 6 students are streamed into ability groups, with the intention of ensuring all students are constantly improving their numeracy skills and awareness.

Science

“I am among those who think that science has great beauty.”

– MARIE CURIE –

Science is indeed beautiful, for by it our students can enjoy and find awe in all that God has created. Each child is introduced to empirical ways of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical, and technological world. 

Our Science curriculum consists of three interrelated strands: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour, and Science Inquiry Skills.

From planting seeds and growing plants in Kindy through to devising electrical circuits in Year 6, from magnets to marsupials, from tadpoles to trees, we provide rich learning experiences for all.

Humanities & Social Sciences

“The arts and humanities define who we are as people. That is their power – to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we have in common. To help us understand our history and imagine our future.”

– MICHELLE OBAMA –

The study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic, and political contexts is fascinating. By studying these, our students develop the ability to question, think critically; make decisions based on evidence, devise proposals for actions, and communicate effectively.

Our Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum comprises four subjects.

  • History and Geography commence in Pre-primary
  • Civics and Citizenship is introduced in Year 3
  • Economics and Business is introduced in Year 5

Technologies & STEM

“Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”

– STEVE JOBS –

We are set on sparking in our students that enterprising spirit that will have them develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living through the creative and ethical use of technologies.

Across the whole curriculum our students become dextrous with a range of digital tools and virtual manipulatives, including mobile devices such as iPads and laptops, fixed technologies such as PCs and 3-D Printers, and other creative tools such as cameras, VR Googles, and green-screen.

STEM. We offer our Year 4-6 students an inter-disciplinary subject that encompasses Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics commonly termed STEM. Students complete trans-disciplinary projects that focus on solving real-world problems.

ROBOTICS. We also provide a Robotics program for our Year 3-6 students that challenges students’ coding and building skills, as well as their problem solving, creativity and resilience.

Chinese Language

“To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.”

– CHINESE PROVERB –

In a world that is becoming increasingly global, being able to communicate your needs, understand others and move between different cultures is so important. And learning a second language is key.

At Kalamunda Christian School our students, from Pre-Kindy to Year 6, learn Mandarin Chinese. Our languages room is bright and inviting and every lesson is interesting, be it focused on language acquisition, learning about different customs or celebrating the Chinese New Year.

Health & Wellbeing

“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”

– MARIA MONTESSORI –

In Health and Wellbeing our students learn how to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, and wellbeing in varied and changing contexts.

HEALTH. As this is such a fundamental area of learning for life, this subject is taught by both our PE teacher and by each teacher in their classroom.

WELLBEING. We put such high value upon each child’s wellbeing that our Deputy Principal has designed a special program that covers everything from building resilience to good manners, from healthy eating to online safety.

Physical Education

“Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.”

– JOHN F. KENNEDY –

The benefits of being physically active are undisputed so we look to awaken in each child an enthusiasm for physical activity, developing their confidence and realising their own potential. We celebrate participation, enthusiasm, communication, teamwork, and fair play as well as the development and practice of physical skills.

Our specialist PE teacher takes classes from Pre-Kindy through to Year 6 with our Pre-Primary up all students get two periods per week along the various carnivals and extra-curricular sporting opportunities.

Music

“Music is indeed the most beautiful of all heaven’s gifts to humanity… Alone it calms, enlightens, and stills our souls.”

– TSCHAIKOVSKY –

Music is a subject which stimulates the mind and satisfies the soul. As well as being proven to enhance cognitive development, music helps children understand their emotions and express themselves, while developing confidence, teamwork and listening skills – all without seeming to.

There really is no subject like it, and so it is really no surprise then that we place a huge emphasis on music, with all our children taught by a specialist music teacher from the very start.

In addition to a weekly lesson that covers musical exploration, instrumentation, theory and of course lots of singing, we offer an extensive range of extra-curricular options including choirs, ensembles, bands and more.

Drama

“Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasise about a world we aspire to.”

– WILLAM DEFOE –

Our dynamic and diverse drama program for our Year 4-6 students is designed to capture imaginations, overcome inhibitions, and encourage self-expression. We give our children the freedom and self-confidence to work collaboratively, think creatively, and surprise and delight each other – while thoroughly enjoying every second of their time with us.

Our students have plenty of opportunities to perform in assemblies, Easter and Christmas concerts, and of course our spectacular annual production.

Visual Art

“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.”

– LEONARDO DA VINCI –

In keeping with da Vinci’s maxim, we seek to inspire in our children a desire to explore and experiment, to delight in the communicative power of different media and discover for themselves the joy of mastering different techniques.

All our children from Pre-Primary have art lessons with our specialist Art teacher – instilling an early appreciation of art and a belief that they are all artists in their own right.

Our specially designed art room is a happy, supportive, and stimulating environment where children learn about a vast array of techniques and materials from drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, ceramics, printing, photography and textiles.

We want our children to be immensely proud of the creativity and quality of the work they produce so we exhibit as much of the art as we can around the school. Every week a child is awarded ‘Artist of the Week’.