From the Head of Primary

The Primary School curriculum includes the six Key Learning Areas (KLAs) prescribed by the NSW Board of Studies. The study of Religion, Spanish and Motto are added to enhance the learning of the students. The curriculum is aimed at meeting the needs of our students by achieving the objectives set by the Board of Studies. The students’ learning improvement journey is an ongoing priority and a collective responsibility, with the main goal to develop the students as independent learners who engage in goal setting and reflective practice. 

English
In English, students learn to read, write, speak, view and represent language. They learn about the English language and literature through working with a wide range of spoken, visual, multimedia and digital texts. The Spalding Method is the basis of our literacy program. It wholly integrates explicit, sequential, systematic and multisensory teaching in the areas of Phonics, Spelling, Vocabulary, Writing, Reading and Comprehension. Teachers model, coach, and provide support as needed; students articulate, reflect, and explore new concepts. Careful daily observation of student progress enables teachers to differentiate instruction to meet the student needs. Students see, hear, say, and write using all channels to the brain to enhance retention.

Mathematics
Mathematics develops students’ thinking, understanding, competence and confidence with numbers, shapes and measurement. Students learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, fractions and decimals. They learn to measure time and calculate with money. They learn geometry, algebra and how to work with data and graphs. Students use mathematical knowledge to communicate, problem¬solve and reason. We provide the students with a programme that is a comprehensive and rigorous core that provides a developmentally appropriate sequence for teaching outcomes-based curricula.

Science
The teachers plan activities that develop the students’ skills in thinking, investigating and problem¬solving. The program focuses on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in both science and literacy, through an inquiry-based approach. Children are given opportunities to pose questions, test ideas, and develop and evaluate arguments based on evidence. 

Human Society and Its Environment (soon to be History and Geography)
The students are provided with opportunities to explore how people and events from the past have shaped their world. Initially, they investigate their personal and community identity and then gain an understanding of their nation and its place in the world. The students are exposed to experiences where they can participate effectively to maintain and improve the quality of their society and environment.

Creative Arts
The students are given opportunities to explore their creativity in the areas of visual arts, music, drama and dance. Students learn to appreciate the meanings and values that each art form offers. They are given the opportunity to perform and express themselves in each of these art forms through performances at Assemblies and Annual Concerts, and displaying their work at the School Art Exhibition. The students are encouraged to participate in local initiatives involving the Creative Arts.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) 
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. Our students participate in a wide range of individual and team programs and sports within the school. These assist in the development of technical skills, communication, sportsmanship, game sense and sports performance. These sports include gymnastics, athletics, swimming, basketball, soccer, cricket and volleyball.  
The students participate in Athletics Carnival, Swimming Carnival and  Cross Country. We have a 'House system' which promotes house spirit, healthy competition and allows students from various age groups to mix and work together so they can experience peer-to-peer learning and leadership. Select students can also compete in the IPSHA competition and advance to representative levels of NSW, CIS and NSW PSSA.

EXTRA CURRICULAR

Montgrove College also offers the students extra curricular activities, supporting and encouraging our students to discover and develop their academic talents and special interests. These include Debating, Chess, Ukulele and Choir. Opportunities are provided for the students to participate in interschool competitions and eisteddfods.

At Montgrove College, our priority is to provide students with a holistic approach to education, focusing our efforts on supporting our students through academic excellence and care. We aim to provide a rich, positive and safe environment that supports individual styles and paces of learning. Students can also participate in establishing their personal goals for learning and we endeavour to present experiences that are adaptable to the individual child’s needs.

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn." 

John Lubbock