Curriculum

St Michael’s Catholic Primary School offers a curriculum that is differentiated and centred on the child. We have dedicated staff who actively engage in opportunities to further develop their teaching skills so that the individual needs of all students are met. Enrichment opportunities for students occur within the classroom context and in specialised programs supported by our Gifted Education Co-ordinator. Our school is now accredited for Newman Selective - Gifted education program. More details below. Flexible and well-resourced learning spaces such as our Discovery Centre and new Library allow teachers to engage students in a number of learning experiences that integrate the use of technology in meaningful and diverse ways. Technology is integrated through all Key Learning Areas (KLAs).

Key Learning Areas

 In Catholic schools the Religious Education curriculum of the Archdiocese of Sydney is taught.

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Geography
  • History
  • The Arts

Religious Education

At St Michael’s the religious dimension is evident in all facets of school life. We help students to grow and develop in their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, and to value and appreciate Jesus Christ as the centre of their faith and life. Each day the children participate in prayer and high quality Religious Education lessons devised from the Religious Education Curriculum. The accompanying student textbooks, To Know, Worship and Love, is sent home on a regular basis to further strengthen the link between home and school.

Children are prepared for the celebration of the Sacraments through participation in a parish-based program, supported by a group, home and school program. Children in Year 2 are prepared for Reconciliation, First Holy Communion is received in Year 3 and Confirmation in Years 5 and 6. As a school we celebrate Mass together a number of times each term, supported by our Parish Priest Fr John Milliken. These Masses are prepared by the children and their teachers. Families are invited to attend mass together on the first Saturday of every month together with the wider school and parish community. We also celebrate a number of feasts and occasions with prayer liturgies. Parents are always welcome to celebrate with us, and receive regular information about upcoming events via our school newsletters.

English

At St Michael’s the current NSW Board of Studies English Syllabus is followed throughout all grades. We value the teaching of English and the strands of Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing are all taught in context through explicit, guided, modelled and independent learning experiences.

Mathematics

In Mathematics there are six strands: one process strand, Working Mathematically, and the five content strands, Number, Patterns and Algebra, Data, Measurement, and Space and Geometry. At St Michael’s students actively engage in practical and abstract Mathematical learning experiences using a variety of resources. Students are encouraged to be effective problem solvers engaging in authentic learning experiences.

History and Geography

History and Georgraphy is the KLA in which students develop knowledge, understandings, skills, and values and attitudes about people and their social and physical environments. 

Science and Technology

Science and Technology is the learning area in which all students learn about the natural and made environments by investigating, by designing and making, and by using technology.

Robotics:

Every week, a group of students participate in a Robotics session. Students chosen to be a part of this team will learn basic programming skills. They will be coached on how to program their robot to perform precise movements, as well as being able to exercise their creative thinking skills by building and programming their own robots to perform customised missions. Students in the program may also be given the chance to participate in robotics competitions. It addresses many of the Australian Curriculum components of the ICT capabilities. In the Australian Curriculum, students develop ICT capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school. australiancurriculum.edu.au                              

Coding:

The students have many opportunities to code using various coding programs both in the Robotics club and across the Curriculum areas. Once again, it addresses many of the Australian Curriculum components of the ICT capabilities.


Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education learning experiences encourage students to make informed decisions related to health and physical activity and develop positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Systematic and explicit teaching of personal and social skills gives students a basis for resilience and the resourceful management of their own lives. Throughout the year, all students participate in the Better Buddies anti-bullying program.

Sport skills and fitness are taught across all grades. Each term students participate in a specific program facilitated by skilled outside instructors. Programs include Dance, Gymnastics, Ball Sports, and a eight week (1 day per week) intensive Swimming program. The school has a specialist PE Teacher to demonstrate and teach our students various skills.

Creative Arts

Students engage in learning experiences in Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. At St Michael’s we are fortunate to have specialist teachers in Drama and Music. Dance is also part of a specialised program facilitated by external instructors.

In Drama, students learn how to investigate their world through devising plays, role-plays and imagined situations. In performance, they develop their skills and appreciation of actors, playwrights, devisers, directors and designers. Appreciating drama provides students with opportunities to describe, reflect and analyse their own drama work and that of others. They do this by viewing, talking, reading and writing.

In Music, students develop knowledge, skills and understanding in performing music of different styles and from different times and cultures by singing, playing and moving, by organising sound into musical compositions using musical concepts. They also develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in listening to and discussing their own music and that of others.

Gifted Education

Our School has been accredited in the Newman Program - Gifted Education. Our staff members who facilitate the program have undergone dedicated training in gifted education. In the nurturing Catholic environment of a Newman Selective Gifted Education School, we enhance the whole person by providing our gifted learners with an authentically rigorous program. We cater to a variety of learners by offering them a range of opportunities that support their social and emotional wellbeing.
  • Students are assessed across a range of domains to access the program and their progress is comprehensively evaluated.
  • Students can participate in various programs such as creative arts, coding and computational skills, rich literature experiences, STEM initiatives and robotics.
  • Each year, we conduct Newman Selective Gifted Education Program symposiums to celebrate our students' achievements.