We provide a high standard of education in Religious Education and in the seven Key Learning Areas (KLAs) designated by the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES):
The focus of our teaching is on meeting the individual learning needs of each child and providing a range of learning experiences, both within and outside the school that promote differentiation so that each child is able to achieve and be challenged at their level.
The Religious Education Curriculum brings together the essential components of knowledge, understanding, appreciation and celebration of our rich tradition. The Religious Education Curriculum aims to lay the foundations for learning about and engaging with the mystery of God and the faith of the Church.
The Archdiocese of Sydney Religious Education Curriculum provides appropriate teaching and learning opportunities for the students and the Religious Education texts, To Know Worship and Love are used as a classroom resource to support the curriculum.
Another feature of the curriculum is the 'storytelling approach' which nurtures the natural capacity that young children have for curiosity, imagination and wonder. Scripture stories and stories of the tradition are key elements of the Religious Education Curriculum. Open questions, reflections and opportunities for exploration engage students with the story.
The English curriculum provides all students the opportunity to become confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. They develop reading and comprehension skills to read and view written, spoken, visual, digital and multimodal texts, whilst still maintaining a love of quality literature. Students learn to apply critical thought when responding and composing to a range of texts and use grammar, punctuation and spelling conventions accurately. At St Mark’s, students are given opportunities to take part in explicit and structured talking and listening experiences that develop their understanding of language features and devices. These skills and understandings allow them to develop their control of language in ways that will help them become active and independent lifelong learners.
Our Mathematics curriculum provides students with knowledge, skills and understanding in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. At St Mark’s students are given opportunities to learn mathematical concepts through hands on and concrete experiences that enable learners to make connections to the real world as well as to other subject areas and contexts of their learning. Students are encouraged to become self-motivated learners through inquiry and active participation in challenging and engaging experiences.
The History program engages students' interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past, to develop a critical understanding of history and its impact on the present. Students’ are supported to develop their critical thinking skills of historical inquiry through learning experiences that enable the students to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens.
At St Mark’s the Geography program is made up of learning experiences and opportunities that stimulate students’ interest in and engagement with the world. Through geographical inquiry they develop an understanding of how people, places and environments interact. Through an inquiry approach to research, students are supported and challenged to become informed, responsible and active citizens at a local and global level.
Science & Technology (S&T)
In the science and technology program students gain knowledge and understanding of the Natural Environment and Made Environment that promotes their sense of wonder and expands their natural curiosity about the world. The skill and processes of Working Scientifically and Working Technologically are taught and applied through whole-class, small group and individual investigations and ‘design’ learning experiences. Students explore the purpose of science and technology in their own lives
Students engage in diverse learning experiences in Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. At St Mark’s we are fortunate to have specialist teachers in Visual Arts and Music. Drama and Dance (K-2) are also part of a specialised program facilitated by external instructors. In all aspects of Creative Arts students work to develop technical competence and skills of designing and performing by appreciating and investigating other art forms. Through varied opportunities across the creative arts, students learn about personal expression, emotions, creative movement and enjoyment. These aspects are all important to the development of the whole child.
Our PDHPE program promotes positive attitudes and good self-esteem. It involves regular physical exercise, learning about the importance of leading an active, healthy lifestyle, and developing skills in interpersonal relationships. At St Mark’s, throughout the year external instructors teach Martial Arts, Gymnastics and Athletics. These programs supplement weekly sport lessons and provide students with additional opportunities to engage in physical activity and develop positive wellbeing.
To view the entire syllabus for each Key Learning Area and the support documents go to the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching & Educational Standards (BOSTES).
Parent Guides to the NSW Syllabus Documents for the National Curriculum can be found here.