Curriculum

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Religious Education

We, at St Francis Xavier’s, believe that by following the Religious Education Curriculum K-6, we will lead the children through the significant stages in faith development from Kindergarten to Year 6. Our planning and programming will reflect the Emmaus catechetical approach.

Encouragement to respond positively to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ will be reflected in all aspects of school life, where a spirit of faith, hope and love will "Prepare the Way" for a committed life in the Catholic community of believers. Our responsibility as members of the Parish and wider community will be evident in our living out of the Gospel values modelled in the life of Jesus.

Students from K-6 use the resource book To Know, Worship and Love during some R.E. lessons and at home. Each unit of the curriculum has a section entitled "Reflecting Together at Home and at School". We encourage all families to support the R.E. program at home by discussing personal religious experiences with their child.

Literacy

Literacy is the ability to read and use written information, to write approximately in a range of contexts and allows individuals to function effectively in our society. Literacy involves the integration of talking, listening, viewing and critical thinking with reading and writing. Effective literacy is meaningful and purposeful and generates further learning. 

Through responding to and composing a wide range of texts and through the close study of texts, students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills in order to:

  • communicate through speaking, listening, reading, writing, viewing and representing
  • use language to shape and make meaning according to purpose, audience and context
  • think in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical
  • express themselves and their relationships with others and their world
  • learn and reflect on their learning through their study of English


Mathematics

Mathematics K-6 involves the study of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. By studying Mathematics in Years K-6, children investigate patterns and relationships, establish a strong foundation of number, measurement and spatial skills, and develop their abilities to solve mathematical problems. Mathematics is a creative activity. More than a body of collected knowledge and skills, it includes observing, representing, investigating and comparing patterns and relationships in different situations.


Science

The Science and Technology curriculum aims at developing students’ competence,confidence and responsibility in their interactions with science and technology that lead to:

  • an enriched view of themselves, society, the environment and the future
  • an enthusiasm for further learning in science and technology.

Our curriculum focuses on:

  • Built Environments
  • Information and Communication
  • Living Things
  • Physical Phenomena
  • Products and Services
  • Earth and its Surroundings

The students are supported in the learning processes of investigating, designing and making and using technology.

Creative Arts

The Creative Arts curriculum encompasses Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. The key components of each of these strands include:

  • Visual Arts: making and appreciating
  • Music: performing, organising sound and listening
  • Drama: making, performing and appreciating
  • Dance: performing, composing and appreciating.

Each are vital ways of communicating, through symbolic forms, ideas, experiences,emotions, values and beliefs. They provide opportunities for personal expression,imagination, creativity and for cultural expression. The Creative Arts enable us to view ourselves as a diverse and complex society.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

The K-6 PDHPE curriculum aims at developing each student’s knowledge and understanding, skills and values and attitudes they need to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives.

The curriculum is organised into eight interrelated strands incorporating:

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