Vineyard Lutheran School uses the Australian National Curriculum which includes nine areas of learning, as follows:
The Achievement Standards and further information about each subject area can be found on the ACARA website:
We also use the Lutheran Education Australia's Christian Studies Framework.
Christian Studies is a program of study about the Christian faith as taught by the Lutheran Church of Australia. Like all academic forms of learning, its purpose is to inform the students and to help them develop their understanding of life and the world in which they live. Overarching topics included in the Christian Studies curriculum are Christian beliefs, Christian living, the Christian Church and Christianity in the World. As part of the program of the school, Christian Studies allows students to engage in critical enquiry by expressing their views and by exploring the beliefs of others in an atmosphere of openness.
The academic function of Christian Studies is not its only purpose. Through Christian Studies, students are exposed to the living Word of God. The Holy Spirit works through this Word to create faith. While we can neither predict the measure of the response in individuals to the Word of God in Christian Studies, expressions of faith will be nurtured, informed, invited, but not expected.
Students will study the English language, how it works, and how to use it effectively. The study of English plays a vital role in the development of student’s literacy, enhances their learning in all areas of the curriculum, and provides them with the communication skills and critical understanding of language necessary for active participation in society. The aims of the program will be to enable students to speak, listen, view, write and read with purpose with knowledge of the ways language varies according to context, and a sound grasp of standard Australian English.
Programs such as Jolly Phonics and Grammar help our students with improving their literary skills.
Students will learn to use ideas about numbers, space, measurement, chance, data handling and algebra. They will explore mathematical ways of representing patterns and relationships to describe, interpret and reason about their social and physical world. The program involves the learner in activities which will develop an appreciation of mathematics as relevant and enjoyable, as well as a sound base to engage in future study in various disciplines.
All of our teachers have been trained in M-LATS, a mathematical program which is constructivist in nature and which intentionally seeks to develop teacher’s own knowledge and understanding of mathematics and numeracy, of how students learn mathematics and develop numeracy, and give them the opportunity to develop a range of strategies to support learning in a range of educational settings.
In the Arts program the student will develop creative skills, critical appreciation and knowledge of artistic techniques and technologies in dance, drama, music, visual arts and multi-arts productions. The Arts develop a student’s sense of personal and cultural identity and equips them for a life-long involvement in the appreciation of the Arts.
History & Geography
The subject formally known as SOSE (Studies of Society and Environment) is now split into History & Geography.
Students will come to an understanding of how individuals and groups live together and interact with their environment. Students develop a respect for cultural heritage and a commitment to social justice, the democratic process and ecological sustainability. They will acquire a sound knowledge in the areas of history, geography, culture, the environment and conservation, as well as skills of social living, citizenship and the desire to apply them in society.
In the Science learning area students learn to investigate, understand and describe the physical, biological and technological world and value the systems and processes that support life on our planet. Science helps students to become critical thinkers who use evidence to construct conclusions.
Languages other than English (LOTE)
Vineyard offers German as its LOTE language.
In languages other than English, students learn to communicate effectively in another language, and to further develop their skills and understanding in English. They gain an understanding of other societies, the ability to interact with people and cultures other than their own and practical skills which they can use in future social, cultural and vocational areas.
Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education provides students with an understanding of health issues and the skills needed for confident participation in sport and recreational activities. It enables students to make responsible decisions about health and physical activity and to promote their own and others’ health and well-being.
Design and Technology
In the Design and Technology learning area, students engage in three main activities; designing, making and critiquing. It is under this broad learning area in which the following learning experiences fall. Agriculture and Gardening; Food and Cooking; Construction and Information and Communications. Students will acquire the skills unique to each Design and Technology subject.