Our classroom and specialist teachers at Carey Park Primary School are caring, experienced and dedicated in their chosen fields, and this is evident in the successful outcomes that they achieve.

At Carey Park Primary School , the following Core Subjects and Specialist Programs are provided to our students:

English at CAREY PARK

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. In this light, it is clear that the Western Australian Curriculum: English plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future.

At Carey Park Primary School, with continuing diligence, we are providing a literacy program that encompasses the WA Curriculum, is engaging and ensures success for all students. Staff at Carey Park Primary School continue to strive for success with whole school approaches and a commitment to know the Literacy needs of every student, and to support them to build foundational competencies.

Some strategies that we have implemented to improve literacy outcomes are:

  • A Level 3 Teacher English Coordinator.
  • The ongoing provision of comprehensive professional learning based on teacher need and school literacy priorities.
  • Embedding whole-school approaches and professional collaboration to strengthen teaching, learning & leadership.
  • Equitable, strategic and coordinated approaches to the allocation of funding and resources.
  • The Identification of students at risk and implementation of targeted approaches to successfully engage them in their education
  • The use of a range of instructional strategies to differentiate the English curriculum so that the needs of all students are successfully met.

Mathematics at CAREY PARK

Learning Mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all Australians. At Carey Park Primary School, our goal is to develop all students’ skills and confidence in their abilities as Mathematicians to allow them to solve a wide range of problems successfully, and creatively, across the three numeracy strands- Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, and Statistics & Probability.

We aim to achieve this by incorporating Instructional Strategies by the following processes to ensure students are receiving a well-rounded exposure to Mathematics:

  • Setting Goals
  • Structuring Lessons
  • Explicit Teaching
  • The Gradual Release of Responsibility (I do, you watch-I do, you help- You do, I help- You do, I watch)
  • Collaborative Learning

Our high focus on using resources aligned with the WA Curriculum, such as First Steps Maths, Paul Swann resources and EnVision Maths, help us to achieve the areas of need we have identified by regular testing (both NAPLAN and PAT testing) and assist staff in mapping students’ individual needs, and achieving set common goals in all year levels.

Lessons across the three strands are designed with a balance of hands-on and formal learning experiences. We recognise at Carey Park Primary School that Learning & Assessment in Mathematics is varied depending on the individual student and cater to this accordingly. Lessons are delivered in a variety of ways to encourage the highest level of involvement, and demonstration of individual skill.

Digital technologies are also deeply embedded in our approaches to teaching and learning Mathematics at Carey Park Primary School, with our students engaging with a wide range of Applications on school iPads to assist and support them with development of their conceptual understandings. Mathletics is used as a digital tool to plan for students for both core, and extension, challenge activities. Mathletics is aligned with the Australian Curriculum and allows for staff to cater for students on a personal level, with the view to move them forwards in their individual learning journeys.

We pride ourselves on having a school-wide Tables Challenge program that encourages the mastery of number facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and varying tables facts) in increasingly difficult levels that students learn from Year 1-6 and achieve certificates as they master the current level. Consistent focus on these areas assists students in learning the automatic recall of number facts they need to succeed across all numeracy strands.

Science at Carey Park

Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understanding and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.

Our classroom teachers deliver Science at Carey Park Primary School to all students from Years 1-6. Primary Connections, a program developed by the Australian Academy of Science, is the major science program used at Carey Park and focuses on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in both science and literacy and is an innovative approach to teaching and learning.

The Primary Connections programs utilise an inquiry-orientated teaching and learning model where:

  • Students are provided with interesting hands-on experiences of scientific phenomena and then use their prior knowledge and literacies to develop explanations.
  • Students are engaged actively in the learning process.
  • Students have opportunities to represent and re-represent their developing understanding.
  • Students develop investigation skills and an understanding of the nature of science.

Students are also provided with opportunities to integrate Science with other STEM areas of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in relevant units.

Each year our Year 6 students participate in the Science and Engineering Challenge & Discovery Day, which is a national outreach program aimed at getting kids to undertake the enabling Sciences and Mathematics at school. This event is run by the University of Newcastle, who see approximately 25,000 people per year and works with over 3,000 volunteers and 900 schools in every state and territory.

HASS (Humanities and Social Science) at Carey Park

Humanities and Social Sciences is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. Humanities and Social Sciences has a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and considers opportunities and challenges for the future.

At Carey Park Primary School Humanities & Social Science is taught to all students from Pre-Primary to Year 6.

In the Western Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises four subjects:   History, Geography, Civics & Citizenship and Business & Economics. History and Geography are taught across all year levels, Civics & Citizenship is taught from Year 3 to Year 6, and Business & Economics is taught in our upper primary classes in Year 5 and 6.

The learning area is taught through set Knowledge and Understandings at each year level, inquiry skills that are organised across two-year bands and through the development of key concepts. By studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question; think critically; make decisions based on evidence; devise proposals for actions; and communicate effectively.

The Humanities and Social Sciences subjects provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live and how people can participate as active and informed citizens in the 21st century.

Technologies at Carey Park

Technologies enrich and influence the lives of people and societies globally. Society needs enterprising students who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies, develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living. Technologies can play an important role in transforming, restoring and sustaining societies and natural, managed and constructed environments. Carey Park staff strive to develop responsible, creative and critical thinking skills in our students using a variety of Technologies. Our core belief is that the use of technologies is an effective vehicle for teaching and developing digital intelligence and student engagement. Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 (K-6) are provided with a challenging curriculum that is student-centred and focused on inquiry-based learning. Design & Technologies: By engaging in design and technologies focussed activities, all of our students are given opportunities to:
  • Explore designs and solutions.
  • Explore technologies and reflect on their experiences
  • Design and evaluate products, and
  • Communicate their ideas
Digital Technologies: Every classroom has a set of iPads for students use and an interactive LED display panels to project lessons and engage the students in a variety of activities. All iPad Apps and educational programs are selected to promote high-level curriculum engagement. Senior students have access to STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) future focused resources, (E.g., robots & electronic engineering resources,) to support the building of digital literacy. Staff model and explicitly teach safe, ethical and legal use of digital technologies.