As part of our specialist program, students have the opportunity to study performing arts with a specialist Performing Arts teacher once a week. Performing Arts is taught in English, and the program includes singing, learning musical instruments, reading music and studying different genres of music. For Years 3 and 4, there are also opportunities to explore other areas of Performing Arts, including Media Arts, Drama and Dance. Our students regularly perform at our weekly assemblies, and there are many other opportunities to showcase their musical abilities as part of community events, such as the annual Moon Lantern Festival celebration and School Picnic.
As a fee-paying extracurricular activity, students also have the option to enrol in weekly keyboard lessons with an instrumental music teacher. The school also hosts Junior Rockers lessons onsite during school hours, which gives students access to weekly lessons in singing, drums and guitar.
Visual Arts at Abbotsford Primary School enrich the learning of our students. Creativity and imagination enable children to problem solve and think more effectively. All students participate in one Visual Arts lesson a week with a specialist teacher and the subject is taught in Chinese. Students have the opportunity to explore various visual art forms, including painting, printing, sculpturing, textiles and drawing.
Student artworks are displayed across the school to give all students the opportunity to showcase their talents and foster greater confidence in their creative skills. Each year, the school also produces calendars that contain every student's artwork. These calendars are very popular among the local community and serves as an important fundraising activity for the school.
All students at Abbotsford Primary School actively participate in a regular Physical Education classes, sports programs, participation in inter-school events (including cross country running) and an intensive swimming program. Physical Education lessons are delivered in Chinese, as Chinese is a verb-dominant language, compared to English which is a noun-dominant language. Physical activities thus afford students a naturally immersive environment to appreciate the finer distinctions between very Chinese verbs that often do not have clear-cut English correspondences.
At Abbotsford Primary School, we place a special emphasis on Science, as we believe that an interest in STEM as a key 21st Century skill. Science is thus taught by a specialist Science teacher once a week and the lessons are taught in English. The Science curriculum aims to expand students' curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live. They develop an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods. Typically, students explores all strands of Science (chemical, physical, earth, physical) in two-year cycles through guided in-depth investigation into different topic areas.
Over the years, Abbotsford Primary School has invested in a large number of Chinese and English books. The library now consists of resources in both hard copies and online formats. We pride ourselves in a strong reading culture, with independent reading times being implemented every morning as students arrive at school.
The structured library session for junior year levels is designed to help students foster a love for reading in both languages and establish a habit of borrowing books. For those whose native language is not Chinese, this can be a daunting challenge. It is hoped that as a bilingual school, our students will eventually be able to enjoy reading in both English and Chinese for leisure.
Digital Technologies prepare students to be active participants and problem solvers in the digital world. Students acquire a deep knowledge and understanding of digital systems, data and information and the processes associated with creating digital solutions so they can take up an active role in meeting current and future needs.
The curriculum has been designed to provide practical opportunities for students to explore the capacity of information systems to systematically and innovatively transform data into digital solutions through the application of computational, design and systems thinking.