Curriculum

Teachers in Catholic Primary Schools have a privileged role in implementing the curriculum. They make decisions about the why and how of delivering the State-wide curriculum and interpret this in light of staged learning. Their role is to match students to the curriculum and create equality in learning environments.

Sydney Catholic Primary Schools are accountable to governments and their local communities for meeting the teaching and learning requirements of the state. They are required to have an educational program based on, and taught in accordance with NSW Syllabuses for the six Key Learning Areas of Primary Education.

Syllabuses developed by NESA (NSW Education Standards Authority), including NSW Syllabuses for Australian curriculum, describe clearly the State-wide common curriculum requirements and prioritise what needs to be taught in primary schools. In addition to this Sydney Catholic Schools has key documents that are used in planning for teaching and learning and include Religious Education as the seventh Key Learning Area for Catholic Schools.

Key Learning Areas:

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Human Society & its Environment (History & Geography)
  • Science & Technology
  • Creative & Practical Arts
  • Personal Development, Health & Physical Education

The curriculum is also supported through a number of programs and co-curricular activities that enable students to make connections in their learning, apply to real life situations and work collaboratively.

These programs and activities include:

  • BYODD Program (3-6)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
  • Robotics Program (Lego Mindstorm & Sphero Robots)
  • 3D Printing
  • Chess Club
  • Coding Club
  • School Musicals (K-6)
  • Interschool Debating
  • Specialist Sport Program
  • Specialist Music, Visual Arts, Dance & Drama
  • School Choir & Band
  • Regional & Archdiocesan Sporting Pathways