Curriculum

At St Mary-St Joseph Catholic Primary School we aim to develop in students the skills of independent and co-operative learning and critical thinking. We offer a curriculum which aims to meet the varied needs of the students in our care by providing innovative and contemporary teaching practices.

We are registered by the NSW Board of Studies and meet the requirements of the NSW Education Act (1990). The Board of Studies NSW sets the learning requirements for each stage of primary school.

The four stages are:

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

The Board's syllabuses state what must be taught in these six Key Learning Areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).

In addition to these KLAs, St Mary-St Joseph offers Religious Education, Reading Recovery, Sport programs and specialist teachers in Music and Visual Arts.

Religious Education

The religious dimension at St Mary-St Joseph embraces many aspects of school life. It is evidenced through our teaching of Religious Education and the other Key Learning Areas. It is also integral to our pastoral care and discipline within the school, and through all facets of communication and interaction within the school. The school has an active prayer life, with class, school and family Masses and liturgies.

At St Mary-St Joseph, we believe that students learn best in a community where Christian values are central to the lives of students, staff and parents. Students follow high quality Religious Education curriculum, and the Parish, school and parents come together to regularly for Catholic celebrations.

Students at St Mary-St Joseph receive three Sacraments during their primary years. The sacramental programs are supported by the classroom teachers and parents. Students make their First Reconciliation and they receive their First Holy Communion in Year 3. In Year 6 they make their Confirmation. Information and Enrolment evenings are conducted for parents about each of the Sacraments. Parents are notified about these events through the Newsletter and Parish Bulletin.

English

The current Board of Studies English Syllabus is followed throughout all grades of the school. Classes from K-6 set aside a literacy block of two hours each day devoted to the four strands of the syllabus: Talking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Our school-based literacy policy aims to develop enthusiasm, skill and competency in all aspects of the English syllabus.

Mathematics

Mathematics involves the study of patterns and relationships and provides a means of communication. The Mathematics K-6 Syllabus is organised into six strands - one process strand, Working Mathematically, and the five content strands: Number, Patterns and Algebra, Data, Measurement, and Space and Geometry. Working Mathematically encompasses processes that are embedded into the other five strands through the content. Students in Mathematics learn to analyse and solve problems in all of these areas.

Students are involved in daily one hour numeracy sessions that encompass elements from each of the strands.

Human Society and Environment

At St Mary-St Joseph we implement the NSW K-6 Syllabus which is organised into four strands: Changes and Continuity, Cultures, Environments, and Social Systems and Structures.

This KLA addresses the interactions of people with one another. Students also have the opportunity to study the social, cultural and physical environments people experience as they attempt to meet their own individual needs.

Science and Technology

Science and Technology is the learning area in which all students learn about the natural and made environments by investigating, by designing and making and by using technology. Science education assists students to understand themselves and the environment and provides opportunities for them to develop independent rational thought and responsible action. It emphasises first-hand experiences, investigating, designing, problem-solving and clarifying understandings.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education KLA helps students develop self-esteem, social responsibility, personal fitness and the ability to make informed decisions about health and lifestyle choices. The PDHPE curriculum is organised into interrelated strands: Active Lifestyle, Dance, Games and Sports, Growth and Development, Gymnastics, Interpersonal Relationships, Personal Heath Choices and Safe Living.

Students participate in two hours of physical activity each week. The school is involved in the 'Got Game' program where they are taught skills in Gymnastics, Athletics, Dance and Ball Skills. The students also engage in activities led by their class teacher each week, where they further develop their skills.

During Term 3 and Term 4, students participate in a 'Learn to Swim' program at the Des Renford Aquatic Centre, in Maroubra.

Creative and Practical Arts

The Creative and Practical Arts KLA includes the art forms of dance, drama, visual arts and music. Learning in these art forms provides opportunities for students to develop their abilities to create their own works, to appraise those works, and to appraise the works of others.

At St Mary-St Joseph we have specialist teachers who teach these subject areas.