Curriculum

Religious Education

In Cardinal Pell’s letter to priests, teachers and parents, dated 4 December 2003, and printed in the new revised K-6 Curriculum, His Eminence states that the mission to continue Jesus’ message has been entrusted to us. Here at Holy Family we have a parish-based Sacramental Program, and as educators we teach students about Jesus’ mission and ways they can follow in His footsteps. We have a heavy emphasis on Scripture, prayer and doctrine, but also reflect on our life experiences and ways in which we can respond to God’s call throughout our lives.

English

At Holy Family Catholic Primary School, we value the teaching of English. The strands of Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing are the focus of this teaching, and are taught in context. Our aims are to develop in students a love of literature and to equip them with the skills to be able to use language effectively. We believe literacy skills are best taught through modelled, guided and independent learning experiences, based on explicit teaching. We support a differentiated curriculum where the individual needs of students are catered for through effective pedagogy (approaches to teaching).

Mathematics

Mathematics K-6:
  • is one of the six Key Learning Areas in primary school
  • builds upon the considerable mathematical learning that students acquire before entering school 
  • provides the foundation for further study in Mathematics 
  • develops mathematical concepts from early Stage 1 to Stage 4 
  • promotes self-motivated learners through inquiry and active participation 
  • prepares students to be problem solvers and effective users of Mathematics 
  • helps students to make informed decisions, interpret and apply Mathematics, and critically evaluate ideas and arguments that involve mathematical concepts.

At Holy Family, Mathematics is taught each day. There are well-equipped stage group store-rooms that contain a wide variety of resources to complement the teaching and learning activities.

A parent support document on Mathematics can be downloaded from the Board of Studies Parents Page. This document includes information about content strands and substrands.

Human Society and its Environment

Human Society and its Environment is the Key Learning Area in which students develop knowledge, understandings, skills and values and attitudes about people and their social and physical environments. The learning experiences are based on one or more of the following strands:

  • Change and Continuity 
  • Cultures 
  • Environments 
  • Social Systems and Structures 

At Holy Family teachers devise their programs based on syllabus outcomes. Pre-testing is conducted to identify student needs, and activities are differentiated accordingly. The students are fortunate to have access to many H.S.I.E resources which assist their learning. The introduction of electronic white boards and the regular use of technology also assist to make this Key Learning Area dynamic and interactive.

Science and Technology

Science and Technology involves the study of natural and made environments through investigating, designing and making and using technology.

Each year, students participate in learning programs based on the following content strands:

  • Built Environment
  • Information and Communication  
  • Living Things  
  • Physical Phenomena  
  • Products and Services  
  • Earth and its Surroundings
Our computer lab, classroom computers, laptops and electronic white boards help to ensure that ICT is integrated into our daily teaching and learning experiences.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

The aim of this Key Learning Area is to develop in each student the knowledge and understanding, skills and values and attitudes needed to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. There are eight strands that make up the PDHPE syllabus – Interpersonal Relationships, Growth and Development, Games and Sports, Gymnastics, Dance, Active Lifestyle, Personal Health Choices and Safe living. 

Creative Arts

Students at Holy Family engage in learning experiences in Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. Learning experiences in the Creative Arts contribute to the development of the whole child.
Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance offer students opportunities for personal expression, enjoyment, imagination and the creation of shared meanings.
At Holy Family, we are very fortunate to have both specialist Drama and Music teachers.