Curriculum

At Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, we are committed to providing a highly effective educational program based on, and taught in accordance with the Board of Studies guidelines for Primary Education. There are six Key Learning Areas (KLAs):

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

The new Australian Curriculum is being implemented between 2014-2016 starting with English and Mathematics and with other subjects to be phased in during subsequent years.

As a Catholic school, our curriculum also includes Religious Education.

Religious Education

At Holy Spirit, Catholic values are central to the lives of our students, parents and teachers.

Opportunities to celebrate as members of our faith community together with our Religious Education teaching program, enable students to develop a knowledge and understanding of the teachings of Jesus and the traditions of the Catholic Church. We provide a range of evangelising, catechising and faith formation opportunities to enhance the witness and Catholic practice of staff, students and families.

Students are taught in four Stages:

  • Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten)
  • Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
  • Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)
  • Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6)

Digital Technology

Digital technology is integral to the teaching and learning program. Learning spaces are equipped with a range of digital media, including SmartBoards, chromebooks and iPads, with students encouraged to choose the particular digital device needed to enable them to complete their tasks.

English

At Holy Spirit the new English Syllabus is followed throughout all grades. We value the teaching of English and the strands of Speaking and Listening, Reading, Writing and Spelling are all taught in context through explicit, guided, modelled and independent learning experiences.

Mathematics

In Mathematics there are six strands: one process strand, Working Mathematically, and the three content strands, Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and probability. At Holy Spirit students actively engage in practical and abstract Mathematical learning experiences using a variety of resources. Students are encouraged to be effective problem solvers engaging in authentic learning experiences.

Human Society and Its Environment

Human Society and Its Environment is the KLA in which students develop knowledge, understandings, skills, and values and attitudes about people and their social and physical environments. There are four strands:

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

Science and Technology

Science and Technology is the learning area in which all students learn about the natural and man-made environments by investigating, designing and making, and using technology.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education learning experiences encourage students to make informed decisions related to health and physical activity and develop positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Systematic and explicit teaching of personal and social skills gives students a basis for resilience and the resourceful management of their own lives. Sport skills and fitness are taught across all grades.

Creative Arts

Students engage in learning experiences in Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. At Holy Spirit we are fortunate to have specialist teachers for each of the strands.