Curriculum

Religious Education

While recognising that parents are the first educators of their children in faith, our Primary Religious Education curriculum enables young people to see and respond to God in their lives. Religious Education, as part of the Church's mission of evangelisation, shares in the task of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Religious Education helps students to make sense of life in the light of God's revelation. Kindergarten to Year 6 follows the Religious Education Curriculum of the Archdiocese of Sydney. With each Year level there is a student textbook, To Know, Worship and Love, which is designed to assist parents in supporting the Religious Education program of the school.

It is our task as Christian educators to help our students access the Word of God in the Scriptures, the Church's living tradition, and in their own lives and experience. In so doing, we prepare our students to celebrate and respond to God's Word in their living.

We view liturgy as an integral part of school life. Whole-School Masses and liturgies are held each term. Parents are always welcome to share with us in these celebrations.

Sacraments

  • Reconciliation: Year 3 students
  • Holy Communion: Year 3 students
  • Confirmation: Year 6 students.

Sacramental Programs

Students at St James receive three Sacraments during their primary years. The sacramental programs are parish-based and are supported by the classroom teachers and parents. In Year 3, students make their First Reconciliation and receive their First Holy Communion. In Year 6 they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Parent Information sessions are conducted for parents about each of the Sacraments. Parents are notified about these dates through the newsletter and Parish Bulletin.

In NSW, NESA has worked closely with teachers and key education stakeholders to develop syllabuses that include the Australian curriculum content and further detail that clarify learning. As a result of this work, Kindergarten to Year 10 syllabuses provide direction to ensure greater consistency between NSW schools.

In addition to subject-based content, all syllabuses address important contemporary themes and general capabilities as students prepare to live and work successfully in the 21st century. These include Australian cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities, and other learning across the curriculum areas identified by the Board of Studies.

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)

The four stages of learning are:

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

English

  • Students develop their language skills through activities involving speaking and listening, reading and writing, and viewing and representing.
  • They learn about language and literature through working with a wide range of print, spoken, visual, media, multimedia and digital texts.
  • They interpret and express their views on what they hear, see and read.
  • They create written and digital texts, and deliver formal and informal presentations.
  • For the first time, there will be a requirement that students experience a range of texts, including Australian works, multiculturalism, Aboriginality and Australian identity, and Asian perspectives.
  • There is an increased emphasis on grammar and the teaching of quality literature.

Mathematics

Students develop their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding through a range of learning experiences across:

  • Number and Algebra, eg whole numbers and fractions and decimals
  • Measurement and Geometry, eg length, area and time
  • Statistics and Probability, eg data and chance.

They develop their problem-solving skills, mathematical reasoning and communication.

Students in Stage 3 develop a deeper understanding of Statistics and Probability.

Science and Technology

  • Students develop their skills in using processes of Working Scientifically and Working Technologically to answer interesting questions and develop creative solutions to important 21st century problems.
  • They develop their curiosity and understanding about the Natural Environment and the Made Environment through learning about the Physical World, Earth and Space, the Living World, the Material World, Built Environments, Information and Products.
  • Students learn about the influence and relevance of science and technology in their lives now and in the future.

Geography and History

In History and Geography K–6, students continue to learn about the diverse cultures of Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.  Environments is predominantly represented in Geography K–6, where students explore the natural and human features of a range of places, across local and global scales.

Learning opportunities for Social Systems and Structures continue to be provided through the content of the History and Geography syllabuses and through learning across the curriculum content. 

Students will continue to learn about the roles, rights and responsibilities people have within society and the development of Australian democracy. In History K–6, students examine the contribution of individuals and groups to Australian society in areas such as the economy, education and the arts.  In Geography K–6, students investigate the diversity of places, including economic, demographic and social differences across countries. 

Creative and Practical Arts

The Creative Arts Key Learning Area 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.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Key Learning Area 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 physical activity each week. St James provides a specialist sporting program where students are taught skills in Gymnastics, Athletics, Swimming and Dance throughout the year. The students also engage in physical activities with their class teacher each week where they further develop their skills.

Extra Curricula

St James offers opportunities for students to participate in extra curricula activities during school time and after school. Activities such as art, keyboard and drama etc are offered by external providers. These activities are not compulsory and incur an additional cost.