Curriculum



There is a major emphasis on a contemporary learning environment with technology as a key component of both teacher delivery and student engagement in learning.

Our teaching and learning curriculum is based on seven Key Learning Areas:
Religious Education
English
Mathematics
Human Society and It Environment
Science and Technology
Personal Development/Health/Physical Education
Creative And Practical Arts

Additional programs that we offer:
  • Support for English as Additional Language/Dialect learners;
  • Intensive New Arrivals Program;
  • Diverse Learning Needs Programs;
  • Reading Recovery;
  • Enrichment Opportunities;
  • Participation in UNSW International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS);
  • An exciting and innovative Transition program for Kindergarten;
  • Program Differentiation to cater for all children and their needs;
  • MultiLit (Making Up for Lost Time In Literacy) Program;
  • Sound Waves Spelling Program;
  • Pope Francis Award;
  • Mini Vinnies
  • Student leadership opportunities - School & Sport Captains, RE Monitors, Library Monitors
  • Kindergarten Buddies Program;
  • In class support from a variety of Teachers and Learning Support Officers (LSOs);
  • Sports Programs including: Tag Football, Cross Country, Swimming lessons, Soccer and Athletics;
  • Drama, Choir, Technology and STEM Clubs.

Religious Education

At Sacred Heart Catholic School we believe that Religious Education is founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ and enlivened by the Gospel values. Doctrine contains the essential truths of the Catholic faith and the Scripture provides children with direction to learn about their faith and opportunities to examine their lives. Faith is developmental, unique and interconnected to life experiences and it is a part of culture, so we need to value and respect other religious traditions expressed in contemporary Australian culture.
Prayer in all its forms is a means of communicating and developing a relationship with God that leads to spiritual growth. Prayer, meditation and participation in the liturgical life of the Church are key elements of the Religious Education program. The Religious Education text, To Know, Worship and Love, is regularly used in the classroom and sent home.

English

Students develop their language skills through activities involving speaking and listening, reading and writing, and viewing and representing. They learn about language and literature through working with a wide range of print, spoken, visual, media, multimedia and digital texts. Students experience a range of texts, including Australian works, multiculturalism, Aboriginality and Australian identity, and Asian perspectives.

Mathematics

The essential content for Mathematics is structured using one process strand, Working Mathematically, and five content strands:

• Number and Algebra
• Measurement and Geometry
• Statistics and Probability
• Working Mathematically

Science 

Working scientifically and technologically are of increasing importance and integral to our rapidly changing world. Through questioning and seeking solutions to problems, students develop an understanding of the relationships between science and technology, and the significance of their contribution to and influence on society. Students become self-motivated learners through active participation in challenging and engaging experiences in order to develop innovative solutions.  

History

History as a discipline has its own methods and procedures. It is much more than the simple presentation of facts and dates from the past. History provides the skills for students to answer the question 'How do we know?' It also provides broader insights into the historical experiences of different cultural groups within our society and how various groups have struggled for civil rights, for example Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples, migrants and women.

Geography

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. It is a rich and complex discipline that integrates knowledge from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. 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.

Personal Development/Health/Physical Education

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. Students learn about the importance of good food and regular exercise. They learn how bodies grow and change over time. They learn skills to play individual and team sports, and the values of sportsmanship and teamwork.

Creative And Practical Arts

Creative Arts gives students experiences in the visual arts, music, drama and dance. They have opportunities to explore their creativity in each of these areas. They learn to appreciate the meanings and values that each artform offers. They perform and express themselves through the visual arts, music, drama and dance.