Curriculum - School Curriculum

At Launceston Christian School we are mindful of our Biblical perspective and its relevance to teaching and learning in all subjects in the Curriculum. In keeping with this perspective we strive to focus on each student’s physical, emotional, intellectual, social, aesthetic, and spiritual growth within the classroom and beyond.

 

Junior School (Kinder to Year 6) 


Kindergarten
Kindergarten is a time for the first steps toward independence at school; children learn and develop through play, physically, socially and emotionally. Kindergarten is the first time of lengthy separation from the security of home for most children. It is a major step for them, requiring many skills that plant the seeds for a lifetime, where they experience the demands society makes. They need to learn to share, mix with others, think, plan and make decisions for themselves. Kindergarten gently encourages this social change, yet at the same time complements and supplements the child’s experiences in the home.  At Launceston Christian School we offer a three day a week program for children in the year before they reach the age of compulsory Schooling.
  

Prep – Grade 6
In keeping with the requirements of the Adelaide Declaration on National Goals for Schooling in the Twenty-First Century, we offer a broad curriculum in the Junior School covering the following subjects from Prep through to Year 6.

In our Bible Study program we aim to teach students to read and understand the Bible in a meaningful way.  In English we focus on developing each student’s ability to communicate with others within community. Our program includes the following elements – spelling, writing, reading and oral language.  

In Mathematics Junior School students investigate number and space. They begin to learn the significance of Maths in their personal lives and in society. Students learn effective strategies for mental calculations and problem solving. The program includes the elements: number, measurement, space, chance and data and working mathematically.  

The Junior Health curriculum presents a balanced and holistic view of healthy living. It provides opportunities for focus on the different dimensions of health, the physical, the emotional, the intellectual and the spiritual.  

The Junior Physical Education curriculum is taught alongside the Health curriculum. The program is designed to encourage participation, fitness and the development of skills.

Our Music curriculum is based on planning, rehearsing and performing musical works. During the Junior years students play a variety of instruments and are taught basic notation and music appreciation.  

In Science students learn that, even within the limits of our knowledge, the underlying design of creation reveals God’s power, faithfulness and love. The program includes the following elements: Earth and Beyond, Energy and Change, Life and Living, Natural and Processed Materials and Working Scientifically Society and Environment In Society and the Environment students learn to respond to the world with joy, hope and compassion, and to become active members of the community. The Society and Environment curriculum includes the following elements: Living in Community, Culture, History, Geography, Current Affairs and Investigation, Communication and Participation.  

The emphasis in the Junior ICT program is on information technology as a learning tool – motivating learning, generating learning away from the computer, enhancing group interactions and integrating information technology across the curriculum.

Visual Art students learn to create and use Art to communicate feelings, thoughts and ideas. Students are taught skills in the areas of drawing, painting and sculpture. They also learn to respond to and interpret the work of others.

Middle School (Year 7 to 9)

In Years 7 and 8 students continue with a broad curriculum experience. All students study a common course in each of the following subjects: Bible Study, Computing, Design Graphics, Drama, English, Health, Home Economics, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, Society and Environment, Technology and Visual Art. Students can also study Indonesian as a Language other than English.

In Year 9, students are given some opportunity to specialise in areas of personal interest and aptitude. They do this while they continue to study a core set of subjects. All students study the following: Bible Study, English, Health, Mathematics, Physical Education, Science and Studies of Society and the Environment. Students also choose to study three subjects from the following: Advanced Science, Art, Computing, Design Graphics, Drama, Food Studies, Technology, Mathematics Methods or Music.

Most subjects in Year 9 are offered at three levels of difficulty. Through this approach teaching, learning and assessment is against a range of standards making it possible to appropriately challenge all students while giving them the opportunity to achieve.

Senior School (Year 10 to 12)

Through a two semester program, Year 10 students are given increased subject choice. In the core subjects of: Bible Study, English, Health, Mathematics, Physical Education and Science, students study two, semester long, units. This is equivalent to a year long program of study in each of these subjects. Students choose six units from a range of units offered in: Applied Technology, Design in Wood, Design Graphics, Electronics, Drama, English, Food Studies, Lifestyle and Fashion, ICT/Media, Maths Methods, Music, Science, society and Environment Visual Arts and Media. Students also engage in an individualised careers program in which they explore their future options for study and pathways into employment.

 In Year 11 and12 which is the final two years of study at Launceston Christian School, students choose from an extensive range of TQA accredited courses with a view to meeting the requirements of the new Tasmanian Certificate of Education and University entrance. Through meeting these requirements students prepare themselves for further study and employment.

At Launceston Christian School we also facilitate student involvement in School based traineeships. Screening and Benchmark Testing All primary and middle school students are tested annually for reading comprehension as are new students on their entry into the School. New students are also tested for skills in numeracy. Through this testing, at risk students are identified and individual programs are implemented. Launceston Christian School also participates in National Benchmark testing in Literacy and Numeracy for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Individual results are reported to parents and whole school reports are reported to the School community in the Annual School Report.

Students at Launceston Christian School are given the opportunity to participate in various competitions and challenges including the Westpac Mathematics Competition, the Maths Association of Tasmania Mathematics Competition, The National Chemistry Quiz and the National Science and Engineering Challenge. Sport Students in Primary, Middle School and College have the opportunity to compete in a range of sporting rosters and carnivals.

The Arts Students are given opportunities to participate in various public performances in the Arts from involvement in the Launceston Competitions, the Deloraine Drama Festival, the Tasmanian Rock Challenge, the annual LCS Art Exhibition and various school exhibitions, presentations and productions. Our Music Department has established a range of bands, choirs and instrumental ensembles for students from the early years of the Junior School through to Senior School.