Curriculum

At St Francis of Assisi Regional Catholic School we offer a contemporary curriculum that provides stimulating teaching and learning programs which aim to cater for the needs of each child and equip him/her to face the challenges of tomorrow. Our curriculum is child-centred, emphasising skills in literacy and numeracy. We aim to develop in children skills of independence, co-operative learning and critical thinking. We provide opportunities for inquiry learning, problem solving, group interaction and decision making.

Our experienced and committed teachers facilitate excellent educational programs in the following Key Learning Areas (KLA).

Religious Education

At St Francis of Assisi Regional Catholic School, we acknowledge that parents are the first Religious Educators of their children. The teachers work closely with the parents and the wider parish community in educating and leading the children to be nurtured in the Catholic faith. We recognise the importance of the Religious Education Program being an integral part of teaching and learning and the importance of partnership between family, school and Parish.

The Religious Education curriculum for schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney is followed and the supporting text is implemented for Kindergarten to Year 6. The class teacher informs parents of the units of study each term and the accompanying student textbooks 'To Know Worship and Love' are sent home.

The Sacraments of Initiation are Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Catholic children receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation during their primary years. At St Francis of Assisi children are prepared for the Sacraments as part of a class program as well as participating in the parish sacramental program.

They receive the Sacraments in the following years:

  • First Reconciliation: Year 2
  • First Eucharist: Year 3
  • Confirmation: Years 5 and 6

School Masses and Prayer Celebrations

School Masses and Prayer Celebrations are celebrated at a class and whole-school level. Parents are notified in the weekly newsletters when Masses or Prayer Celebrations will be celebrated. Parents are invited to whole school and class Masses and Prayer Celebrations.

Children who have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation have the opportunity to receive Reconciliation with the class once a term. This is arranged with our Parish Priest from St Francis of Assisi Paddington, Fr Phillip Miscamble ofm.

English

We believe that language is central to students' intellectual, social and emotional development and has an essential role in all KLAs. St Francis of Assisi has an ongoing commitment to high quality literacy teaching and learning and provides experiences which will assist students in becoming competent in using language in a range of situations.

From 2014, St Francis of Assisi Regional Catholic School will be implementing the Australian Curriculum for NSW K-6 Syllabus which is organised into five objectives:

  • Communicate through speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing.
  • Use language to shape and make meaning according purpose, audience and context.
  • Think in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical.
  • Express themselves in their relationships with others and their world.
  • Learn and reflect on their learning through their study of English. 

These objectives are implemented through a daily two hour literacy block.

Mathematics

From 2014, St Francis of Assisi Regional Catholic School will be implementing the Australian Curriculum for NSW K-6 Syllabus which is organised into five objectives:

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

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

Human Society and Environment

Human Society and Environment is the KLA in which students develop knowledge and understandings of people and their social and physical environments.

At St Francis of Assisi we implement the NSW K-6 Syllabus which is organised into four strands:

  • Change and Continuity
  • Cultures
  • Environments
  • Social Systems and Structures.

Each year a range of HSIE units is taught per grade in accordance with our school's scope and sequence.

Science and Technology

Science and Technology is the KLA in which all students learn about the natural and man-made environments by investigating, by designing and making, and by using technology. Science is concerned with finding out about the world. Technology is concerned with the purposeful and creative use of resources in an effort to meet perceived needs. Each year a range of Science and Technology units is taught in accordance with our school's scope and sequence.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education is an important KLA in the primary curriculum. The aim is to develop in each student the knowledge and understanding, skills and values and attitudes needed to lead healthy active and fulfilled lives.

The PDHPE curriculum is organised into interrelated strands:

  • Active Lifestyle
  • Dance
  • Games and Sports
  • Growth and Development
  • Gymnastics
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Personal Health Choices
  • Safe Living.

Students participate in two hours of physical activity per week. This comprises specialist companies and classroom teacher programs.

Representative Sports

Throughout the year the students of St Francis of Assisi participate in Swimming and Athletics Carnivals and inter-school Gala days. Some children have the opportunity to participate and represent our school at a cluster and Regional level.

Creative Arts

Our Creative Arts program provides foundational learning in the forms of Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. We continually aim to broaden the students' learning in Creative Arts through thoughtfully planned, sequenced and related experiences.

Specialist teachers are employed to provide programs in Visual Arts and Music.

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

The school integrates technology across the curriculum to enhance learning opportunities for students in the contemporary world we live in.  The school endeavours to provide a technology-rich environment to cater for the needs of the 21st century learner.  Technology resources include; interactive boards in all classrooms, ICT resource room, Mac laptops, Robotics, and iPad technology.

The school is fully networked providing internet access to all learning areas. The school server is used to store data securely and allow for efficient communication across the school.

Specialist Teachers

Specialist Teachers are employed in the following areas:

  • Teacher Librarian
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Italian
  • Targeted Intervention
  • Reading Recovery
  • Special Needs
  • Visual Arts