Curriculum

St Francis Xavier’s offers a curriculum which is child-centred, aiming to meet the varied needs of the children in our care. There is a strong focus on the core areas of Religious Education, English and Mathematics. We have implemented the Archdiocesan Numeracy Strategy and have a consistent whole-school approach to the teaching of literacy. The school provides many opportunities for students to achieve their learning potential with the support of a Music and Art specialist, drama club, specialist sports teacher, optional music tuition by professional musicians, chess club, Special Needs teacher, Reading Recovery teacher and specialist Gifted and Talented coordinator. Ongoing staff professional development is a priority and learning support officers are employed to work with small groups and individual children.

Key Learning Areas

All curriculum subjects are taught in accordance with the current NSW Board of Studies syllabuses and the Religious Education curriculum of the Archdiocese of Sydney.

The four stages are:

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

The Board’s syllabuses state what must be taught in these six Key Learning Areas (KLAs):

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

Religious Education

A St Francis Xavier’s, we believe that students learn best in a community where Christian values are central to the lives of students, staff and parents. Students follow a high quality Religious Education curriculum, and parish, school and parents work together to regularly participate in Catholic celebrations which unite and strengthen our community.

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 an integrated model of the English National curriculum -  Reading, Viewing, Speaking, Writing, Creating, Listening. In the upper grades in particular, critical literacy is a focus where students analyse texts to discover underlying messages. This is crucial in the 21st Century as children learn to to be discerning consumers and responsible citizens.

Mathematics

Children at St Francis Xavier’s are actively involved in discovering and learning Mathematics in a stimulating and challenging environment. Mathematical reasoning is a major focus, including problem solving, to complement the strong emphasis on basic mathematical skills across all strands. The school also participates in the Maths Olympiad each year, to challenge and nurture the skills of our highest achieving mathematical students.

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)

The school implements the Australian History and Geography Syllabi in accordance with Board of Studies guidelines.

Our History and Geography programs ensure that the students have many varied learning experiences, with a focus on developing inquiry skills. Other important skills being developed include decision-making, evaluating, problem-solving, role-play, brainstorming and discussion.

Science & Technology (S&T)

This subject involves the students investigating scientifically, designing and making and/or learning about natural and man-made environments. Students are encouraged to explore their immediate environment by using their senses, and by questioning and sharing ideas. All Science units are linked to outcomes and, where possible, are integrated with the other Key Learning Areas.

Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE)

Physical Education

Sports skills and fitness are taught across all grades from K-6 under the leadership of specialist sports teachers.  A variety of sports are covered and there are regular opportunities for the students to be involved in inter school and representative sports events.

Health

A health program is followed by all grades, following guidelines from the NSW Board of Studies’ PDHPE Syllabus.

Personal Development (PD)

PD is integrated into the Religious Education program and is also linked to Science and Technology and to various Health units

Creative and Practical Arts (CAPA)

Music

Our school has a well-resourced Music room with a range of percussion and other instruments which make music an enjoyable experience and one that is keenly anticipated by all of the students. Students have the opportunity to develop their skills in appreciating and creating music, singing, listening, movement, creative dance and percussion. We also have an optional music tuition program facilitated by professional musicians. Due to the swift progress of these students, It is intended that 2017 will see the formation of a school band comprising of members of the optional music tuition program.

Visual Arts

Our specialist Art teacher provides opportunities for students to investigate all the art forms, including painting, drawing and malleable works such as clay and printing.

Dance

Dance is also part of the Creative Arts area and is taught by specialist teachers in Term 3. This includes participation in an inter-school dance contest. We have had great success in these contests in the past couple of years.