At Kelmscott Primary School our students engage in the following curriculum areas through specialist teachers:
Music (The Arts)
Music has the capacity to engage, entertain, challenge, inspire and empower students. Studying music stimulates imaginative and innovative responses, critical thinking and aesthetic understanding, and encourages students to reach their creative and expressive potential.
Music exists distinctively in every culture and is a basic expression of human experience. Students' active participation in music, individually and collaboratively, draws on their own traditions and life experiences. These experiences help them to appreciate and meaningfully engage with music practices and traditions of other times, places, cultures and contexts.
At Kelmscott Primary School we have a rich music history and a contemporary approach to teaching and learning in this specialist area. The School of Instrumental Music (SIM) provides explicit teaching of a variety of instruments including double bass, cello, viola, violin and trumpet to individual students from years 3-6. These students play to the school audience once per year at our 'Concert on the Green'. Throughout the year all students have the opportunity to perform to the school community in assembly productions and at our end of year Christmas Concert.
Visual Arts (The Arts)
Visual Arts incorporates all three fields of art, craft and design. Students create visual representations that communicate, challenge and express their own and others' ideas, both as artists and audience members. They develop perceptual and conceptual understanding, critical reasoning and practical skills through exploring and expanding their understanding of their world, and other worlds.
Visual Arts engages students in a journey of discovery, experimentation and problem-solving relevant to visual perception and visual language. Students undertake this journey by utilising visual techniques, technologies, practices and processes. Visual Arts supports students' ability to recognise and develop cultural appreciation of visual arts in the past and contemporary contexts through exploring and responding to artists and their artworks.
Physical Education (Health and Physical Education)
In 2016 we will commence PE as a specialist area that will be run by Mrs Tracey McIntosh.
In Physical Education, students learn how to enhance their physical activity participation in varied and changing contexts. The Physical Education curriculum offers students an experiential curriculum that is contemporary, relevant, challenging, enjoyable and physically active.
Integral to Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills, concepts and strategies to enable students to confidently, competently and creatively participate in a range of physical activities in various contexts and settings. Students learn about how the body moves; how to approach and resolve challenges; how to optimise movement performance; and the benefits of physical activity to themselves, others and communities. Through movement in a variety of contexts and settings, students acquire, practise, manage and refine personal, interpersonal, social and cognitive skills.
The Health and Physical Education curriculum teaches students how to be part of a healthy, active population and experience the personal and social benefits of living a healthy, active and fulfilling life. The curriculum focuses on the explicit development of movement skills and concepts required for students to participate in a range of physical activities with competence and confidence. This supports ongoing participation across the lifespan, and positive health outcomes.
Kelmscott Primary School hosts events and carnivals throughout the year and competes in inter-school carnivals for swimming, athletics and cross-country and various times during the year. Our students engage in sporting-based play during break times and have access to a wide variety of sports equipment. We have a runner's club one morning per week that begins at 8.30am.
From Year 3 our students learn German as a language and engage in cultural studies. Students engage in learning experiences which incorporate both spoken and written aspects of the German language with Frau Anderson.