Specialised Learning Areas
At Henley Beach Primary School, we have specialised teachers in the areas of Italian, Performing Arts, Physical Education and Science. Throughout the year, all students from foundation through to year seven have an opportunity to participate in these curriculum areas as a part of their learning journey.
Mary Taheny & Deanna Puliatti
All children have the experience of learning Italian at the school. Foreign language learning apart from the obvious benefits, allows the brain to develop pathways that also impact positively on other learning areas, e.g. mathematics, music and the understanding of their own first language.
To me, language learning in a primary school setting is about a positive exposure to a foreign language and culture. In the classroom, language is learnt through studying cultural topics or topics that are relevant to the children's lives. It is of paramount importance to me that the children's experience of learning Italian instills in them an interest and receptiveness to other people, languages and cultures throughout their lives.
An embracing of other languages and cultures is increasingly becoming important as we move towards a more global community. Cultural awareness and sensitivity is a necessary requirement in any relationship; either local or global. As an educator, I am passionate about exposing the children to a world beyond our shores.
The Performing Arts
The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. Together they provide opportunities for students to learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their imagined and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations and experiences. (From The Australian Curriculum - The Arts rationale).
At Henley Beach Primary School, all students have lessons in the Performing Arts taught by specialist teachers. Students develop their skills in Dance, Drama and Music. They learn to work in groups to create their own Music/Dance/Drama and to perform to an audience. They also perform other artists’ work (for example, singing a song written by someone else). By developing their skills and by performing to others, students develop their confidence and express their creativity. Students learn to be respectful audience members and to discuss their responses to performances showing an understanding of the elements of each of the Arts forms. At the end of the year, the students perform with their classes in a concert or musical play that combines the Performing Arts.
Science is divided into the four learning areas of:
Biological Sciences the study of living organisms involving structure and function, interdependence and diversity and evolution. In Biological Sciences students can learn that living organisms depend on each other and the environment to survive.
Chemical Sciences the study of various forms of matter, their composition, structure and properties. In Chemical Sciences students can learn that changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible such as burning and rusting.
Earth and Space Sciences involves exploring changes to the Earth and systems in Space. In Earth and Space Sciences students can learn that Earth’s rotation on its axis causes regular changes, including day and night and that some of Earth’s resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable.
Physical Sciences involves the study of the physical world, students can learn about transformation and conservation of energy and explore a variety of forces and motion.
At Henley Beach Primary, we strive to promote the benefits of living a healthy and active life, in and out of school. Due to our highly engaged and active staff members, student participation in sporting activities is very strong at Henley Beach Primary.
Throughout the past couple of years, we have finished in the top schools in the state for the Premier’s Be Active Challenge. An achievement we are certainly proud of.
Students of all year levels take part in regular fitness and skill activities. There is Interschool Sport on Fridays for Years Six and Seven which sees our students compete in a variety of different sports throughout the year against other schools in the area. Sports include softball, netball, hockey and soccer. Students from Reception to Year Five are involved in yearly swimming lessons in the last week of school at the Thebarton Aquatics Centre and the Year Six and Seven students take part in Aquatics at West lakes.