Curriculum

Pyramid Hill College provides a comprehensive, co-educational curriculum program which gives all students access to the Key Learning Areas and Capabilities.

Within the Years Prep to 6, Multi-age grouping occurs. All students undertake 5 lessons per day of 60 minutes each.

Following the Victorian Curriculum F–10

PYRAMID HILL COLLEGE CURRICULUM

Junior School: Foundation to 6

Years F-6 concentrates on the development of Literacy (reading and writing) and Numeracy (number) skills.  A large proportion of each day is allocated to Literacy and Numeracy.  The other main focus in the F-6 area is the teaching and learning of social skills.  These skills are vital so students can learn to co-operate and participate in their community, firstly at school and later in the general community.

Students at Pyramid Hill College are very fortunate  to be able to participate in specialist subjects including LOTE – Indonesian/Tagalog/Auslan, Physical Education, Music, Healthy Living, Science, Art & Digital Technologies.

 

Senior School: Years 7 to 10

The curriculum aims to prepare students for further study, give them life skills and appropriate information about possible careers.  We try to open doors with curriculum choice rather than close them by allowing students to specialise too early.

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics is structured to maximize individual learning; hence classes are arranged to provide all students to build breadth and depth. Classes are also structured to promote the development of cross curricula skills including English, technology and time management.

Students study the mathematic domains outlined by the Victorian Curriculum document which will include: Number, Space, Structure, Measurement, Chance and Data and Working Mathematically.  The work in each of the classes will differ depending on the students abilities within the class although the focus will be to identify student’s pre-existing ideas and then implement effective teaching strategies to support students to develop more sophisticated mathematical understandings.

The intent of the mathematics curriculum is to provide the opportunity to maximise student learning.  This requires the use of a range of different tasks including those which are hands on, use computer programs and/or application assignments that relate the skills and concepts they are learning to the “Real World”, exploring the usefulness of mathematics.  Through this we aim to improve students attitudes towards the subject by making learning relevant to their lives, providing students with the skills to work mathematically.

The secondary Maths Mate homework program provides a weekly revision sheet which covers the curriculum.  Secondary students will use a text book which is hired from the College throughout the year.

MUSIC

The Music Curriculum aims to develop students’:

  • confidence to be creative, innovative, thoughtful, skilful and informed musicians
  • skills to listen, improvise, compose, interpret, perform, and respond with intent and purpose
  • aesthetic knowledge and respect for music and music practices across global communities, cultures and musical traditions
  • understanding of music as an aural art form, its relationship with other art forms and contributions to cultures and societies.

 

Music learning combines listening, performing and composing activities. These activities, developed sequentially, enhance students’ capacity to perceive and understand music.

At Pyramid Hill College F-6 students are provided with an hour of Music class time each week. Music is learned through developing skills and knowledge associated with the elements of music: rhythm, pitch, dynamics and expression, form and structure, timbre and texture.

Instrumental music is an extra curricula activity offered to students from Year 4 to Year 10. This is an opportunity to learn an instrument. Currently students can learn guitar, bass guitar, piano and drums here at Pyramid Hill College.

SCIENCE

Science offers an introduction to students of basic Science principles.  Students cover broad topics within the disciplines of:  Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, Psychology and Astronomy.  In these areas there will be both practical and written reports and activities.  Safety in the Science room is an important early topic.

HUMANITIES
HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION