Key Learning Areas

All curriculum subjects are covered in accordance with the current NSW Board of Studies syllabuses and the Archdiocesan Religious Education curriculum.

The four stages of learning are:

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

The six Key Learning Areas (KLAs) mandated by the Board of Studies are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Our students also follow the Religious Education Curriculum of the Archdiocese of Sydney.


Learning in English is supported by the three strands of Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The outcomes state the knowledge, skills, understandings and strategies that students demonstrate when learning to talk, listen, read and write.

They also specify the knowledge and understandings students develop when learning about talking, listening, reading and writing. English also has a wider role as a means of achieving success in all the KLAs.

We believe that English is a critical KLA in the primary school. We have an ongoing commitment to high quality literacy teaching and learning which will assist the students to become competent in using language in a range of situations.


The NSW Board of Studies sets the Mathematics Syllabus K-6 upon which the students’ learning in Maths is based.

The Mathematics K-6 Syllabus is organised into six strands – one process strand, Working Mathematically, and the five content strands: Number, Patterns and Algebra, Data, Measurement, and Space and Geometry. Working Mathematically encompasses processes that are embedded into the other five strands through the content. In Mathematics, students learn to analyse and solve problems in all of these areas. 

Mathematics involves the study of patterns and relationships and provides a means of communication. Students are involved in daily one-hour numeracy sessions that encompass elements from each of the strands.

Human Society and its Environment

At St Joseph the Worker we implement the NSW K-6 Syllabus which is organised into four strands: Changes and Continuity, Cultures, Environments, Social Systems and Structures.

This KLA addresses the interactions of people with one another. Students also have the opportunity to study the social, cultural and physical environments that people experience as they attempt to meet their own individual needs.

Science and Technology

Science and Technology provides opportunities for students to learn about natural and man-made environments. These studies involve students in investigating, designing and constructing, and using technology. Through the study of Science and Technology students are exposed to a range of experiences where they may explore, examine, test and construct
meaning about the world.

Creative and Practical Arts

The Creative Arts KLA 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 KLA 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, and Personal Heath Choices and Safe Living.

A specialist PDHPE teacher works with all students in their weekly sports lessons.We encourage and promote participation in Archdiocesan Sports and Creative Arts events, and celebrate our students' achievements as a community.

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.

Throughout the primary school years children develop knowledge about their Catholic faith and experience active involvement in prayer, liturgy and the reception of Sacraments. It is vital that parents and teachers work together to support the faith development of the students.

Religious Education helps students to make sense of life in the light of God's revelation. Our students follow 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 lives.

We view liturgy as an integral part of school life. Whole-school and class Masses and liturgies are regularly celebrated. Parents are always welcome to join with us in these celebrations.