Curriculum

St Michael’s offers a curriculum which is child-centred, and which aims to meet the individual needs of the children in our care. There is a strong focus on the core areas of Religious Education (RE), English and Mathematics. The RE student textbooks ‘To Know, Worship and Love’ familiar to children and parents. The school provides many opportunities for students to achieve their learning potential with the support of a Music specialist, Special Needs teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, English as a Second Language teacher, as well as a range of opportunities to engage in extra-curricular activities.

Technology is integrated through all Key Learning Areas and the library has 16 Windows laptops and 10 Apple laptop computers. Each classroom is equipped with a variety of technology including computers, an interactive whiteboard, laptops and iPads. Senior students use their own digital devices in their learning.

Key Learning Areas

All curriculum subjects are taught In accordance with the current NSW Board of Studies Teaching & Educational Standards syllabuses, incorporating the national Australian curriculum 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 KLAs:

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

Religious Education

At St. Michael’s, we believe that students learn best in a community where Christian values are central to the lives of students, staff and parents. Students are taught a full Religious Education program, and parish, school and parents work together to regularly practise our Catholic and Christian faith.

English

The current NSW Board of Studies English syllabus is followed throughout all grades of the school. Classes from K-6 set aside two hours each day devoted to the four strands of the syllabus: Talking and Listening, and Reading and Writing. Our school also implements the Language Feature of Text Type program across all stages.

Mathematics

Children at St. Michael’s are actively involved in discovering and learning Mathematics in a stimulating and challenging environment. Mathematics is outcomes-based, which means that a hands-on and open-ended approach caters for all ability levels.

History and Geography will replace Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)

At our school we have developed a school-based 'Scope and Sequence' for History and Geography from Kindergarten to Year 6 that covers the outcomes of:

  • The History K–10 Syllabus provides opportunities in K–6 to learn about Change and Continuity. Students continue to investigate their connections with the past through personal, family and local community history. They examine significant events and people that shaped Australian colonies and the nation.
  • Cultures is represented in both the History K–10 Syllabus and the Geography K–10 Syllabus, students continue to learn about the diverse cultures of Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Students learn about the importance of intercultural understanding through examining the perspectives, beliefs and values of people, past and present.
  • 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. Students continue to learn about how and why places and environments change and how they can be cared for and managed in a sustainable way. 
  • 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. 

Science and 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, questioning and sharing ideas. All Science units are linked to outcomes and, where possible, are integrated with the other KLAs.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

Physical Education

Sports skills and fitness are taught across all grades from K-6. Skilled instructors are employed on a rotational basis focussing on Gymnastics, Swimming, Cricket, AFL and Dance. It is a requirement that all children participate in two hours of PE/fitness per week. A specialist Sport teacher takes classes for Sport at least once a week.

Personal Development and Health

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

Creative Arts 

Music

Our school has a specialist Music teacher and a well-resourced Music area with a range of percussion instruments, all of 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.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts is an area that is well catered for within each class. Visual Arts provides opportunities to visit all the art forms, including painting, drawing and malleable works such as clay and printing. We have a large range of artworks for appreciation and inspiration.

Dance

Dance is also part of the CAPA area and is taught by specialist teachers. At other times, the class teachers incorporate dance into the PE program and the Music teacher provides opportunities for creative movement and dance.

Religious Dimension

The religious dimension embraces many aspects of school life. It is evidenced through our teaching of Religious Education and the other subjects. It is also integral to our pastoral care and discipline within the school, and through all facets of communication and interaction within the school. The school has an active prayer life, class and school Masses and liturgies. The Parish Priest of St. Michael’s is Fr Robert Slattery. The sense of community in our school is greatly valued, and Father Slattery works with the Principal and staff to ensure that this spirit of co-operation is maintained and strengthened.

Sacramental Programs

Students at St Michael’s receive three Sacraments during their primary years. The Sacramental programs are school-based and are supported by the classroom teachers and parents. In Year 2, students make their first Reconciliation, in Year 3 they receive their First Holy Communion and for Stage 3 the Sacrament of Confirmation is offered every alternate year. Parent Information evenings are conducted for parents about each of the Sacraments. Parents are notified about these dates through the newsletter and the Parish Bulletin.