CURRICULUM

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Curriculum

Religious Education Statement

At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Concord we follow the curriculum for Religious Education as approved by Sydney Catholic Schools.

We believe:

  • Our faith should permeate our whole school environment

  • Through word and example we are all witnesses to Jesus and the Gospel Values

  • Teaching and learning should enrich, develop and embrace the example of Jesus and the teaching of the Gospels

  • In the importance of working in partnership with parents, parish and the parish Priest in the faith education of students

Aim

We aim to lay the foundations for learning about and engaging with the mystery of God and the faith of the Church. Through the seasons of the Liturgical Year, we aim to assist students to reflect upon, make sense of, celebrate and live more deeply the mystery of Christ revealed in each person and in relationship with others, the Church and creation.

Teaching and Learning of Religious Education

We assist students to know and understand their Catholic faith through the implementation of the Religious Education Curriculum of the Archdiocese which includes:

  • Units of Work developed and available through the CEO Web

  • site: RE Online

  • Pre and post testing of student knowledge and understanding of the content covered in each unit

  • Reporting on progress in midyear and end of year academic reports, as well as the school’s annual report

Time allocation

The time allocation for Religious Education is 2.5 hours K-2 and 3 hours 3-6.

Key Learning Areas

Sydney Catholic Schools, like all Australian schools, are accountable to governments and their local communities for meeting the teaching and learning requirements of the State. Sydney Catholic primary schools are required to have an educational program based on, and taught in accordance with, the Board of Studies Syllabuses for the six Key Learning Areas (KLAs) of primary education.

The six Key Learning Areas are:

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science & Technology

  • History and Geography

  • Creative Arts

  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

As well as the Board of Studies syllabuses the Primary Religious Education Curriculum is used for planning for teaching and learning in Catholic primary schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Extra Curricular Offered

  • Chess

  • Art Club

  • School Band

  • Eisteddfod - Speech and Drama

  • St Mary's Speaks (public speaking program)

  • Dance Club

  • Creative and Practical Arts Workshops and Opportunities (experience with industry experts)

Assessment

NAPLAN

Students in Years 3 and 5 sit the National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) in May. NAPLAN assessment results provide valuable information about student achievements in literacy and numeracy. An analysis of these results assists school planning and is used to support teaching and learning programs.

Year 6 Religion Test

In June, Year 6 Students sat for the Archdiocesan Religious Education Test comprised of fifty multiple- choice questions. Results of this test are analysed by staff and are used to inform teaching and learning.

Teacher Formative and Summative Assessments

Teachers use a range of assessment tools to monitor student progress and achievement. These tools provide teachers with feedback to plan and direct teaching and learning programs to meet students' needs.


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