Technologies and Specialist Areas
Humanities & Social Sciences (HASS)
The WA Curriculum Humanities and Social Sciences Program is a specialist subject comprising of Historical and Geographical studies. Students are engaged in meaningful, experiential and online research activities focussing on Indigenous studies, mapping, global representation and learning about their own identity, family history and the local community. Through sorting, classifying, investigating, exploring and role play, students develop important skills that can be used for historical and geographical inquiry and analysis.
SBESC’s STEM program is a specialist learning approach that integrates the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Through STEM, students develop key skills such as problem solving, creativity, teamwork, independent thinking, communication and digital literacy. Students engage in activities that involve solving real world problems in small groups using the STEM engineering cycle of ask, think, plan, make, test and improve. Students are encouraged to be respectful, creative and resilient which are transferable skills in the competitive job market.
All students at South Ballajura ESC from years 1 to 6 are given the opportunity to engage in a specialised visual art program. Students learn about artists and the different cultural perspectives that can be communicated though art. The program allows students to engage and explore with a variety of visual art processes building creativity and self-esteem.
All classes have engaging and functional ICT equipment including multiple computers, Prowise boards or TV’s as well as iPads. A range of evidence based and targeted ICT focused programs and Apps are used across the centre, stemming from a developed centre specific Scope and Sequence. ICT lessons are related to a wide range of learning areas including Literacy, Numeracy, Social and Communication skills, and students are assessed using the SAMR model to ensure they are striving to use technology in functional ways at the highest and most accessible level.
Coding is the process of writing in a certain language so that computer programs know what to do when given an instruction. Our centre uses various types of devices such as Dash and Dot, Bee-Bots, Edisons, Scratch Jr, Code-A-Pillar and Osmo to explore giving directions, write programs and solve problems. Students learn to use directional language (forward, back, turn left, turn right), develop problem solving skills and work together with other students to share ideas and mentor fellow students, both in classes and during Coding Club sessions.
Lego Therapy: Lego Club and Lego Robotics
Our Lego Club has evolved in collaboration with outside service providers and therapists. Now, our program is designed to promote social skills development and emotional regulation by assigning students given roles: 'builder' - only build, 'engineer' - oversee the project, 'supplier' - supply the Lego to the builder. This group structure aims to enable students to complete a group task co-operatively. This promotes patience, sharing and communication within the small student group. The sessions are facilitated by an adult leader who models and can change the process. Social skills and multi-model communication are also modelled by staff. Once students have achieved the set Lego Club group work criteria, they are able to move on to engage in the same process for even more engaging Lego Robotics challenges.