Curriculum

Registration of Schools

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Primary School is a registered school under the requirements of Part 7 of the NSW Education Act 1990.

As a registered school we demonstrate our accountability to the State and Federal Government by complying with the appropriate legislation. Using the Sydney Catholic Schools documents: 'School Review and Improvement – Framework for Catholic Schools' and 'How Effective is Our Catholic School?' we undertake Annual Reviews of selected School Review and Improvement (SRI) components. From these Annual Reviews, we develop our Annual Improvement Plan to ensure continual improvement in meeting the needs of our students.

As a registered school we follow the curriculum requirements as outlined by Board of Studies.

The primary curriculum is divided into Key Learning Areas (KLAs):

These 6 Key Learning Areas are:

English

The English Syllabus encourages the explicit and exploratory development of language, grammar and spelling through a variety of activities and resources including print, spoken, visual and multimodal texts. Students are now encouraged to experience texts that acknowledge and appreciate the diversity of Australia, through multiculturalism, Aboriginality and Australian identity as well as Asian perspectives.

Mathematics

The Mathematics Syllabus provides students with knowledge,skills and understanding in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency,communication, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem solving skills.

History

The History syllabus provides students with the understanding that History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that helps to explain how people, events and forces from the past have shaped our world. 

Geography

Students will study places and the relationships between people and their environments. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for the world and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future.

Creative and Practical Arts (CAPA)

Students participate in the art forms of dance, drama, music and visual arts through creating and making their own works.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PD/H/PE)

Students develop self-esteem, social responsibility, personal fitness and the ability to make informed decisions about health and lifestyle choices.

Got Game

The students participate in a weekly Physical Education lesson, delivered by Got Game (external contractor). They will learn Basketball, Soccer, Gymnastics and Dance Skills. 

Science and Technology (S&T)

The study of Science and Technology provides opportunities to think and act critically and creatively, to develop informed attitudes based on evidence and reason, and to participate responsibly in developing innovative working solutions and ideas in response to opportunities and questions relevant to personal, social and environmental issues in their lives. Through engaging in Science and Technology learning, students begin to develop the capabilities needed to become more scientifically and technologically literate citizens.


Religious Education

As a Catholic school, we follow the approved Religious Education (RE) Curriculum of the Archdiocese of Sydney.
Students learn about God and the sacred Scriptures, their Catholic faith, our Church and its traditions and themselves as they develop spiritually within a celebrating community.

Your child will be using a textbook called 'To Know, Worship and Love' during class times. This textbook will also be sent home throughout the year for you to follow up/read/do activities and pray with your child at home.

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

Students are given many opportunities to develop their ICT skills through a variety of multi modal learning tasks including desktop publishing, use of scanners and digital camera and research using the internet.

Your child will be able to log onto the internet from home using their own username and password. They have their own Gmail account which they will work from using all Google Apps..

"While the primary curriculum is divided into six Key Learning Areas (KLA), this is not to be interpreted as indicating that each KLA should have an equal time allocation. In line with NSW Government policy, the Board of Studies encourages schools to give greatest emphasis to English and Mathematics, and to adopt a responsible and reasonable approach which will provide each child with substantial access to each KLA in each year." - NSW Board of Studies.

Swimming

In Term 4, all students attend nine professional lessons at a council pool over nine days. 

School Carnival

Students are involved in two school carnivals: Athletics Carnival and Swimming Carnival.These Carnivals are organised for maximum participation by students, with opportunities for students with talent in these areas to participate in a spirit of friendly competition.

Inter-school Carnivals and Representative Teams

Primary students are given the opportunity to represent the school in a variety of sports throughout the year. Opportunities also exist for students exceptionally gifted in a sport to try out for representation at Cluster, Regional, Archdiocesan and State level in a wide variety of sports. Parents are responsible for transporting and supervising their child at these trials.

Excursions and Incursions

Excursions are undertaken to provide the students with opportunities to enhance their learning. Incursions have the same purpose but are held on school grounds.

Excursions and incursions are not to be regarded as a day out or an 'optional extra'. They are important experiences in the learning and developmental process of your child and are considered as an essential part of your child's learning.

The purpose of all excursions will be communicated to you and it is necessary that written parental consent be given prior to an excursion. Every effort is made to keep excursion costs to a minimum. However, in the event of an excursion presenting financial difficulties or hardship, you are invited to discuss this matter, in the strictest confidence, with the Principal/class teacher as soon as possible after being notified of the excursion. 

Library

The Library is the resource centre for our school community. It has an excellent stock of relevant resources for students, teachers and parents. 

The Library is a centre which students love to visit. It also encourages students to read. The care of books must be a vital concern to everyone and books must be seen by students to be precious. Library bags must be used when borrowing to protect the books. If any parents can assist with book covering at school or home, please see the Librarian. This would be greatly appreciated.

Staff Development Days

Five days each year are set aside by Sydney Catholic Schools to be used by the school for the purpose of staff development. The days are designed and run by the school, Sydney Catholic Schools or other relevant organisations, covering areas such as Curriculum Development, School Policies and Procedures, and Assessment and Reporting.

Parents are requested not to send their children to school on these days as they are often held away from the school. Even if held at school, it is difficult for staff members to take full advantage of the day if students need to be supervised.

Dates for Staff Development Days are published in the Newsletter at least one month prior to the day, to give sufficient time for parents to make alternate arrangements for their children.