Curriculum

Religious Education

At OLA Pagewood we affirm and support parents in the faith education of their children. We aim to provide a systematic and structured Religious Education program which helps students learn to know and understand their faith tradition. We seek to sponsor growth in our students' faith through this program and to develop the school as a community of faith. We acknowledge the importance of the role of the priests in our parish and work in close co-operation with them.

The Sacramental Programs are school-based under the guidance of the Parish Priest. Special celebrations, regular class liturgies and other activities are always listed in the bulletin and/or calendar dates. The school teaching and learning program in Religious Education follows the Archdiocesan RE Curriculum 'To Know, Worship and Love.' (Religious Education K-6 Catholic Education Office Sydney)

English

In English students learn to read widely with understanding and enjoyment, spell accurately, and write grammatically in a variety of forms. They learn to listen and to communicate orally in a variety of forms and situations in English. All students should experience a wide range of high quality literature and aspects of multi-modal texts.

A structured program of skill development in reading, speaking and listening, writing and representing takes place within daily dedicated literacy teaching sessions in every classroom from Kindergarten to Year 6. The children learn about English language and literature, how language varies according to context, and how to communicate to a range of audiences for different purposes. Students for whom English is not their first language will be given particular assistance in this regard, as will students with disabilities and learning difficulties.

Mathematics

Mathematics is an essential and relevant part of life. It is developmental — involving processes from the concrete to the symbolic and abstract. The foundation of our Mathematics program is firmly based on developmental learning processes within number, data, patterns and algebra, space and measurement. Our program focuses on developing reasoning, calculating, predicting and verifying skills; and gaining a sound understanding of mathematical concepts. We encourage a mathematical environment that allows for the development of problem-solving skills that will help children to become better equipped life in the 21st century.

Science and Technology

We present materials that help students obtain knowledge and develop skills of enquiry, investigation, design, clarifying understanding and problem-solving. Our students must gain essential knowledge and understanding about their natural environment. This includes the physical environment, the living environment and people's interaction with the environment. We also address the interaction of modern technology, such as computers and mobile devices.

Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)

HSIE is the Key Learning Area in which students develop knowledge, skills, values and attitudes about people and their religious, social and physical environments. Students gain understandings about change and continuity, cultures, environments and social systems and structures. We teach inquiry skills which are meaningful, enabling students to make responsible decisions about social, economic, religious, civic and environmental issues which may affect them now or in the future. Students are engaged in first-hand experiences such as field trips, excursions and guest speakers to enhance their learning and understandings. Students are also encouraged to seek meaning and connections through the use of a variety of technologies which create authentic learning opportunities and experiences.

Creative and Practical Arts

Creative and Practical Arts provides students with the opportunity to gain skills and understanding in the areas of Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama. These activities are planned and presented in keeping with the interests and capabilities of each student to encourage appreciation, self expression, technical competence and creativity. All students have opportunities to perform before an audience in one or more of the art forms. Children are provided with opportunities to manipulate a variety of materials and to use implements according to their needs, interests and abilities.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

We encourage all students to develop an active and healthy lifestyle. The school curriculum promotes regular physical activity through physical education, sport, dance, swimming and Sports Carnivals. Healthy food choices are reinforced through the daily ‘Crunch and Sip’ program. The children are also provided with opportunities to develop interpersonal relationships and positive decision-making strategies within these relationships.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

At Our Lady of the Annunciation we believe that Technology and multi-media applications should be an integral part of the learning environment. Modern technology such as Smartboards, iPads and high powered laptops are used across the school in all Key Learning Areas. For students to be active participants in our changing society, we need to supplement or replace traditional teaching methods with innovative educational experiences. ICT should be used as a tool to enhance children's educational experiences by creating a variety of methods to meet needs, teach them how to manage information, and allow for opportunities to develop higher thinking skills. Our school is part of the wider CEO School Cloudshare environment, where students are able to access, create, collaborate and share documents through cloud computing. Students in Years Three to Six are part of a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program, where students are able to bring their own mobile technology to school for use in an educational context.

The Australian Curriculum

All Australian States and the Federal government have collaborated over the past few years in an endeavour to develop the National Australian Curriculum. The actual development is being co-ordinated by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

Implementation of the Australian Curriculum remains the responsibility of the States and Territories. In NSW it remains the responsibility of the Board of Studies NSW. In 2013, OLA began professional development in preparation for the introduction of the new Curriculum. In 2014, the new English Syllabus was fully implemented at OLA. In 2015 the new Mathematics and Science Curriculum has been introduced.