Curriculum

The Board of Studies' syllabuses state what must be taught in these six Key Learning Areas (KLAs):

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • History/Geography
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE).

Our students follow the Religious Education Curriculum of the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Religious Education

While recognising that parents are the first educators of their children in faith, our Primary Religious Education curriculum enables young people to see and respond to God in their lives. Religious Education, as part of the Church's mission of evangelisation, shares in the task of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Religious Education helps students to make sense of life in the light of God's revelation. Kindergarten to Year 6 follows the Religious Education Curriculum of the Archdiocese of Sydney. With each Year level there is a student textbook, To Know, Worship and Love, which is designed to assist parents in supporting the Religious Education program of the school.

It is our task as Christian educators to help our students access the Word of God in the Scriptures, the Church's living tradition, and in their own lives and experience. In so doing, we prepare our students to celebrate and respond to God's Word in their lives.

We view liturgy as an integral part of school life. Whole-school Masses and liturgies are held each term. Classes lead the school in prayer assemblies each term. Parents are always welcome to share with us in these celebrations.

English

The NSW Board of Studies provides the English K–6 Syllabus upon which the students' learning in English is based.

Learning in English is supported by the three strands of Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing. The outcomes state the knowledge, skills, understandings and strategies that students demonstrate when learning to talk, listen, read and write.

They also specify the knowledge and understandings students develop when learning about talking, listening, reading and writing. English also has a wider role as a means of achieving success in all the KLAs.
We believe that English is a critical KLA in the primary school. We have an ongoing commitment to high quality literacy teaching and learning which will assist the students to become competent in using language in a range of situations. 

Students who require extra support in their acquisition of English proficiency receive this through a number of means including Reading Recovery, enrichment opportunities, EAL/D support (English as Another Language or Dialect), in class assistance from Learning Support Officers and the Special Needs Educator.

Mathematics

The NSW Board of Studies sets the Mathematics Syllabus K-6 upon which the students' learning in Maths is based.
The Mathematics K-6 Syllabus is organised into six strands – one process strand, Working Mathematically, and the five content strands: Number, Patterns and Algebra, Data, Measurement, and Space and Geometry.

Mathematically encompasses processes that are embedded into the other five strands through the content. In Mathematics students learn to analyse and solve problems in all of these areas. Mathematics involves the study of patterns and relationships and provides a means of communication. Students are involved in daily one-hour numeracy sessions that encompass elements from each of the strands.

History

At St Patrick's, we implement the new NSW K-6 history syllabus which focuses on essential knowledge, understanding skills, values and attitudes essential for the learning of history.

This KLA addresses the interactions of people with one another and how and when they have impacted on our historical development. The historical concepts and skills which are at the heart of this syllabus are as follows:

  • Continuity and change
  • Cause and effect
  • Perspectives 
  • Empathetic understanding
  • Significance
  • Contestability
  • Comprehension
  • Analysis and use of sources
  • Research
  • Explanation and communication

Geography

Geography is a new NSW K-6 syllabus which is implemented at St Patrick;s. Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. The role, function and importance of the environment in supporting human life from local to global scales is emphasised. Students are involved in acquiring, processing and communicating geographical information. The study of Geography enables students to become active, responsible and informed citizens able to evaluate the opinions of others and express their own ideas and arguments.

The content of the Geography syllabus focuses on three key areas. Geographical Concepts, Geographical Inquiry skills and Geographical Tools.

Science and Technology

Science and Technology provides opportunities for students to learn about natural and man-made environments. These studies involve students in investigating, designing and constructing, and in using technology. Through the study of Science and Technology students are exposed to a range of experiences where they may explore, examine, test and construct meaning about the world.

Creative and Practical Arts

The Creative Arts KLA includes the art forms of Dance, Drama, Visual Arts and Music (A specialist Music Teacher delivers the curriculum in this area) . Learning in these art forms provides opportunities for students to develop their abilities to create their own works, to appraise those works, and to appraise the works of others.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education KLA helps students develop self- esteem, social responsibility, personal fitness, and the ability to make informed decisions about health and lifestyle choices. The PDHPE curriculum is organised into interrelated strands: Active Lifestyle, Dance, Games and Sports, Growth and Development, Gymnastics, Interpersonal Relationships, and Personal Heath Choices and Safe Living.

Students participate in two hours of physical activity each week. St Patrick's is involved in a specialist sporting program where students are taught skills in Gymnastics, Athletics, Swimming and Dance. The students also engage in physical activities with their class teacher each week where they further develop their skills.

Extra-curricular 

  • Mandarin