Curriculum

Religious Education

At St Aloysius we are committed to providing a strong and nurturing Education in the faith, knowledge and traditions of our Roman Catholic religion.

Through the Emmaus catechetical process, our children are invited to reflect upon their own uniqueness by celebrating God's active presence in their lives and being guided by Jesus Christ as the model for all relationships.

Through modelling of and immersion in, our Christian values our hope is that our children may be truly empowered to make decisions and take actions which make a real and positive difference in their lives.


English

The St Aloysius literacy program aims to achieve  New South Wales Education Standards Authority, (NESA) syllabus outcomes through balanced and explicit teaching of reading, writing, talking and listening skills. Each grade prioritises a daily two-hour block during which literacy instruction is the focus.

Our school has a strong commitment to the development of sound early literacy skills in a contemporary early learning environment. It is felt this is crucial to future success.

We aim to encourage and develop confident, independent readers and writers who display a life-long appreciation for, and love of literature.


Mathematics

Our Mathematics Program aims to achieve outcomes as prescribed in the NESA Mathematics syllabus. The mathematical strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability are taught sequentially to develop students' knowledge and skills in Mathematics. As well, authentic learning opportunities are provided for students in the areas of problem solving and working mathematically.
Teaching and learning activities are hands-on, child-centred and focussed on creating an atmosphere where Maths is part of everyday living.

In 2018, St Aloysius will commence the implementation of a contemporary approach to teaching Mathematics informed by research through our engagement in the Excellence and Expertise Project. The LAUNCH, EXPLORE, SUMMARISE, CONSOLIDATE approach supports teachers in responding to student learning needs, sets high expectations for learning Mathematics and brings to life Authentic Learning, Authentic Assessment and reflects the principles of STEM. 

Science 

In Science students learn about Natural and Made Environments by:
  • Working Scientifically
  • Working Technologically

Science is aimed at developing a sense of wonder and expanding their natural curiosity about the world around them through their understanding of, interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology. At St Aloysius children are encouraged to address community values and be responsive to local community concerns. We expect that Science is not just a body of knowledge but also a process of investigation.

The children are encouraged to interact with the world around them through developing knowledge, concepts and skills which incorporate observation, systematic analysis and careful recording of information gathered.

STEM

All the students, Kindergarten to Year Six, engage in weekly STEM lessons. STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach, based on real-world applications. We are fortunate to have Linda Nappa, a Process Engineer at Veolia with a background in chemical engineering, volunteering her time and expertise as part of the CSIRO’s STEM Professionals in Schools program. New resources that have been purchased to enable the integration of new technologies include Pro-bots, drones and a 3D printer.


Human Society and Its Environment

The HSIE Key Learning Area includes the History Syllabus and the Geography Syllabus.

History
The study of History from Kindergarten to Year 6 investigates the actions, motives and lifestyles of people over time, from individuals and family members to local communities, expanding to national and world history contexts. It introduces the idea that History contains many stories and that there is never only one uncontested version. There are many differing perspectives within a nation's history, and historians may interpret events differently depending on their point of view and the sources they have used. The study of History strengthens an appreciation for and an understanding of civics and citizenship. 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 Strait Islander peoples, migrants and women. History encourages students to develop an understanding of significant historical concepts such as cause and effect, change and continuity, significance, empathy and contestability.

Students:
  • develop knowledge and understanding about the nature of history and key changes and developments from the past
  • develop knowledge and understanding about key historical concepts and develop the skills to undertake the process of historical inquiry.

Geography

The study of Geography enables students to become active, responsible and informed citizens able to evaluate the opinions of others and express their own ideas and arguments. This forms a basis for active participation in community life, a commitment to sustainability, the creation of a just society, and the promotion of intercultural understanding and lifelong learning. The skills and capabilities developed through geographical study can be applied to further education, work and everyday life.

Students:
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the features and characteristics of places and environments across a range of scales
  • develop knowledge and understanding of interactions between people, places and environments.
  • apply geographical tools for geographical inquiry
  • develop skills to acquire, process and communicate geographical information.

Creative Arts

Our Creative Arts program at St. Aloysius assists the development of each individual by creating the opportunity for all to develop new skills, display talents and experience growth in the areas of Art.

Visual arts, music, drama and dance offer students opportunities for personal expression, enjoyment, creative action, imagination, emotional response, aesthetic pleasure and the creation of shared meanings. 

We encourage the children, through experience, to express themselves creatively using vision and skills. Creative Arts creates opportunities for personal and shared recreation. It is seen as a means to express enjoyment of our world.

Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE)

At St Aloysius our Personal Development and Health program encompasses the development of positive relationships built upon effective interpersonal communication. Our main objective is to promote and nurture respect for the contributions, needs and efforts of others.

We achieve this through a number of school-based Personal Development programs which run each year.

 

These include:

  • Peer Support
  • Anti Bullying
  • Student Representative Council
  • Classroom management
  • Pastoral Care
  • Positive Behaviours for Learning

Our classroom Personal Development and Health programs are centred around the following themes:

  • Growth and Development
  • Personal Health Choices
  • Safe Living
Our Physical Education programs encourage the physical growth and development of all students, support the acquisition of movement skills and nurture positive attitudes towards physical activity. 
  • There are opportunities for students to participate in various sports and progress through levels ranging from Interschool, Regional, State and National levels.
Student Wellbeing
 

The ‘health and wellbeing of all students at St Aloysius is a priority. We endeavour to support students and parents by providing numerous wellbeing programs, initiatives and experiences such as:


  • ‘Peaceful Kids’  - a small group mindfulness and positive psychology based program to lessen anxiety and stress and increase resilience in children.


  • Friendly Kids, Friendly Classrooms’ Program K-6 is designed to teach social skills that are considered to be important for ensuring successful classroom and playground interactions.


  • Wellbeing Week- during Week 5 each term, the whole school participates in a week of wellbeing. Students participate in a range of wellbeing experiences such as: mindfulness, meditation, health hustles and yoga.


  • ‘Proactive For Children’ - a small group program facilitated by a child counsellor and behaviour consultant, that aims to provide students with the skills to manage anxiety.


  • ‘Catholicare’ counselling


  • ‘Wrap Around’ Program is implemented in classes to help build constructive relationships and support networks among students.

  • Class meditations, mindfulness and yoga experiences


  • Parent Workshops    - Socialising and transition

   - Social and emotional learning

   - Anxiety


  • Alternate Playground Options- students are provided with a range of alternate playground activities that they may choose to participate in during the lunchtime break.