Curriculum

Religious Education

While recognising that parents are the first educators of their children in faith, the Primary Religious Education curriculum enables our students to see and respond to God in their lives.

Through a variety of experiences the Religious Education Curriculum nurtures the natural capacity that young students have for curiosity, imagination and wonder.

Throughout their primary years at St Michael’s, the students are invited to reflect on Sacred Scripture, talk with God through prayer, discover the beauty of God’s creation and explore the meaning of symbols and rituals. This is the time when young people come to know how much God loves them, and when they are drawn into a love of God and others.

As from 2014, all schools in NSW began moving towards the implementation the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum. Parent Guides to the NSW Syllabus Documents for the National Curriculum can be found here.

Mathematics

Mathematics explores the concepts of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. These topics span the basics of number, patterns, position, shape, data, chance and measurement using informal and formal skills. At St Michael’s these content areas are embedded in rich learning tasks using a variety of materials and equipment that develop skills of communication, problem solving, reasoning, understanding and fluency. We believe that students have different learning styles and develop mathematical concepts at varying rates and levels, therefore we aim to support the learning needs of each student.

Science and Technology

Science and Technology are of increasing importance and integral to our rapidly changing world. A student's sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural and made world is fostered through actively engaging in the processes of Working Scientifically and Working Technologically.

Science K-6 Rationale NESA


St Michael’s children actively engage in hands on science experiments which enable them to deepen their knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts. They use this knowledge and understanding to solve real world problems through the design and make process.


History


History is a process of inquiry that explains how people and events from the past have shaped our world. The aim of the History syllabus is to stimulate students’ interest in exploring the past and to develop critical skills in inquiry.


History is taught from Kindergarten to Year 6 at St Michael’s, Lane Cove. The study of History provides students with a variety of teaching and learning experiences ranging from learning about individuals and family members, local communities and Australian as a nation.  


History provides the skills for students to ask questions such as “How do we know?”. It encourages students to develop an understanding of historical concepts through a range of reliable sources. History allows students to locate and understand themselves and others in the continuum of human experience.


Geography


Geography is the study of places, people and their environments. The aim of the Geography syllabus is to stimulate student interest in their world and enable them to become responsible and informed citizens.


Geography is taught from Kindergarten to Year 6 at St Michael’s, Lane Cove. The study of Geography involves investigating, communicating, evaluating, analysing and processing geographical information. It enables students to become active and responsible citizens, with a commitment to sustainability.


PD/H/PE


Personal Development and Health involves students learning to develop an active, healthy lifestyle. It supports the development of the student as a whole person. The Personal Development and Health syllabus allows students to develop skills in positive interpersonal relationships and positive values, attitudes and beliefs.


St Michael’s, Lane Cove follows the principles of the SPBL (School Wide Positive Behaviours for Learning) Framework.


At St Michael’s students are provided with a range of opportunities to engage in Physical Education these include:

  • Specialist Physical Education Teacher

  • Got Game: Specialised Physical Education Program

  • Swimming Program

  • School based Carnivals: Cross Country, Athletics and Swimming.

  • Pathway Sporting Competitions

  • Sporting Gala Days