Curriculum

Religious Education

As a Catholic Primary School, Religious Education is of paramount importance. In Cardinal Pell's letter to priests, teachers and parents, dated 4 December 2003, and printed in the new revised K-6 Curriculum, His Eminence states that the mission to continue Jesus' message has been entrusted to us. Therefore our students fully engage with the Religious Education Curriculum K-6 and utilise the supporting text, "To Know Worship and Love" in order to develop their understanding and appreciation of the importance of God's Word in their daily lives. Through creative response activities and the use of storytelling, the students also have the opportunity to reflect on life experiences and ways in which they can respond to God's call throughout their lives.

English

At St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, we not only value the teaching of English but believe that it is paramount in providing students with the skills and understandings to fully access the curriculum and develop as divergent, critical thinkers.

Through the integration of the three strands: Speaking & Listening, Reading & Viewing and Writing & Representing the students are provided with holistic learning experiences that enable them to develop skills and strategies that will allow them to be competent and confident users of the English language. Literacy skills are best taught through modelled, guided and independent learning experiences, based on explicit teaching. Therefore we provide a differentiated curriculum that caters for the diverse needs of the learner through effective, relevant and challenging learning and teaching opportunities.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught daily in all classrooms K-6 and incorporates the following strands: Number & Algebra, Measurement & Geometry, Statistics & Probability. Working Mathematically is the thinking process that underpins all learning and allow students to develop skills in reasoning, analysing, asking questions, interpreting and comparing information to enable them to solve problems and present their understanding using appropriate mathematical language.

Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)

Human Society and its Environment is the Key Learning Area that includes History and Geography; where students develop knowledge, understandings, skills and values and attitudes about people and their social and physical environments.

The following concepts and content will be covered across the Key Learning Areas of History and Geography:

  • Change and Continuity
  • Cultures
  • Environments
  • Social Systems and Structures

Science and Technology

Science and Technology involves the study of natural and made environments through the skills and processes of Working Scientifically and Working Technologically.

Each year, students participate in learning programs based on the following content strands:

  • Physical World
  • Earth and Space
  • Living World
  • Material World
  • Built Environments

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

The aim of this Key Learning Area is to develop in each student the knowledge and understanding, skills and values and attitudes needed to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. There are eight strands that make up the PD/H/PE syllabus – Interpersonal Relationships, Growth and Development, Games and Sports, Gymnastics, Dance, Active Lifestyle, Personal Health Choices and Safe living. The Peer Support Program is used from K-6 to build relationships and reinforce anti-bullying strategies and also promote social skill development.

In order to provide the students with a challenging, engaging and robust Physical education program across K-6, Got Game, an outside professional organisation is employed to teach Physical Education lessons to the classes. In Term four, the students in K-5 participate in a swimming program at Sutherland Leisure Centre and Year 6 participate in Surf Awareness at South Cronulla Beach.

Creative Arts

Students at St Patrick's engage in learning experiences in Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. Learning experiences in the Creative Arts contribute to the development of the whole child. Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance offer students opportunities for personal expression, enjoyment, imagination and the creation of shared meanings.

At St Patrick's, we are very fortunate to be able to offer the students creative arts opportunities through the following:

  • A specialist art teacher
  • School band
  • Choir
  • Music Lessons
  • Dance Group
  • Drama Group