Years 1 to 10 curriculum
School teaches English in
accordance with the National Curriculum. Prep to Year 6 engage
in a structured 2 hour literacy block comprising of a reading hour and a
writing hour. Focussed daily guided
reading in small ability levelled groups ensures all students are catered for
and experience success with both learning the building blocks for reading
through to the higher order skills of inferring, reorganising and evaluating
The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands of language, literature and literacy. Teaching and learning programs balance and integrate all three strands. Together, the three strands focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating.
The school works under
the philosophy that all teachers are teachers of Literacy. As such, the literacies of each subject are
explicitly taught throughout all curriculum areas.
Students in years 3-12
are invited to sit the University of New South Wales International English
Competition each year.
at Winton State School
focuses on placing mathematical concepts into real life situations. Investigations are aimed at students’
interests and needs whilst endeavouring to engage students in real, deep
In Mathematics proficiency strands understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning are an integral part of mathematics content across the three content strands: number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability.
Students in years 3-12
are invited to sit the University
of New South Wales International Mathematics
Competition each year. This is made available at no cost to our students
with the support of our P&C.
provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions
about the biological, physical and technological world. The knowledge it
produces has proved to be a reliable basis for action in our personal, social
and economic lives. Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human
endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring
the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving
problems. Science aims to understand a large number of observations in terms of
a much smaller number of broad principles. Science knowledge is contestable and
is revised, refined and extended as new evidence arises. In addition to its
practical applications, learning science is a valuable pursuit in its own
can experience the joy of scientific discovery and nurture their natural
curiosity about the world around them. In doing this, they develop critical and
creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions and draw
evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods.
is divided into four main strands: biology, chemistry, earth and space
sciences, and physics. Each strand is covered across the year, providing
opportunities for growth and development of skills with each new unit.
Incorporated into science are three interrelated strands: science understanding, science as a human endeavour, and science inquiry skills. Each of these strands provides students with understanding, knowledge, and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world.
For Years 1 to 10 this
is mainly training in the use of computers, especially keyboarding skills, word
processing, and finding information on the Internet, encyclopaedias on CD,
etc. These skills are taught both
explicitly and in the context of other curriculum learning.
There are some
preliminary Manual Arts and Home Economics lessons taught. Students in Years 4-10 will participate in
Home Economics and/or INTAD lessons as part of Winton State
School’s Middle Year’s
initiative. These subjects focus on the Technology design process.
The Arts comprises five subjects:
- Media Arts
- Visual Art
The arts entertain, challenge, provoke responses and enrich our knowledge of self, communities, world cultures and histories. The Arts contribute to the development of confident and creative individuals, nurturing and challenging active and informed citizens. Learning in The Arts is based on cognitive, affective and sensory/kinaesthetic response to arts practices as students revisit increasingly complex content, skills and processes with developing confidence and sophistication across their years of learning.
Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education consists of physical skills in athletics, swimming, sports and health and human relationships. The focus for students in Prep to year 6, is swimming and water safety, and developing fine-and gross-motor skills. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of sporting events throughout the year.
Opportunities to represent the Winton district are available to all students age 10 and up.
All students are required to participate is Health and Physical Education from prep to year 10
Geography is a structured way of
exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of the places that
make up our world, using the concepts of place, space, environment,
interconnection, sustainability, scale and change. It addresses scales from the
personal to the global and time periods from a few years to thousands of years.
Geography integrates knowledge from the natural sciences, social sciences and
humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. Students learn to
question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with
and responsibilities for that world, and propose actions designed to shape a
socially just and sustainable future.
Students learn about
the construction of texts (textual features) and purpose of texts (for their
contexts) and understand that texts are constructed for purposes.
They will read a variety
of novels, plays and poems, view movies and advertising and create their own
is also offered to students who are not looking for an OP and university
at Winton State School
focuses on placing literacy concepts into real life situations. Studies are aimed at students’ interests and
needs whilst endeavouring to engage students in real, deep learning tasks. Studies fall under the strands of Work, Leisure
Students learn about
the physical development of children and how to care for them. Students will
work with children to encourage childhood creativity, play and activity.
There is also a focus
upon safety and hygiene as well as career paths in the field.
The study of
Mathematics A represents the minimum level of mathematics study required for
entry into some university courses such as nursing and most TAFE courses.
Students study finance maths, statistics and probability, and measurement and
Mathematics B is also
offered for the more capable students. The topics in this course are more
abstract and it is a mandatory subject for students who wish to gain entrance
into many university courses such as engineering and the sciences.
Prevocational Maths is
also offered to those students who are looking to pursue vocational
pathways. This subject focuses on
Mathematics in practical settings of real life situations.
Biology is the study of
the natural systems of the living world. It is characterised by a view of life
as a unique phenomenon with fundamental unity. Living processes and systems
have many interacting factors that make quantification and prediction
difficult. An understanding of these processes and systems requires integration
of many branches of knowledge.
Geography is the study
of the human and natural characteristics of places and the interactions between
them. Geography prepares students for adult life by developing in them an
informed perspective. Geographically informed citizens understand the many
interdependent spheres in which they live, and make informed judgments to
improve their community, state, country and the world.