Curriculum

St Therese’s provides a well-resourced education plan that provides a dynamic and challenging curriculum. The school's curriculum provides for flexible learning experiences that enable students to experience success in their learning.

Religious Education

Religious Education is central to all our teaching and Gospel values are integrated into teaching and learning in all Key Learning Areas. Religious Education participates in the Church's mission of evangelization, to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ. Religious Education is a lifelong process with parents being the foremost educators of their children. Religious Education in the school years is a partnership of home, parish and school. 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.

The content strands of the curriculum are:

  • Liturgical Year
  • Self
  • Others
  • Church Creation

Prayer, meditation and participation in the Liturgical life of the Church are key elements of the Religious Education program.

Key Learning Areas

Key Learning Areas are broad groupings of subjects. There are six Key Learning Areas (KLAs) in the Board of Studies primary curriculum in New South Wales. Each KLA deals with the knowledge, skills and understandings that are relevant and appropriate for primary students. Subjects are organised in this way to help teachers to manage the scope of the primary curriculum and to ensure that students have access to a well-balanced curriculum. Catholic Schools teach a seventh area and that is Religious Education.

St Therese’s follows the syllabus documents prescribed by the NSW Board of Studies. Click here for the NSW Primary Curriculum Foundation Statements, which are short, clear descriptions of the knowledge and skills that each student should develop at each stage of primary school. They answer the question 'What must be taught in all schools?'.

The six KLAs are as follows:

English

English is the KLA where students develop knowledge, skills and understandings about English language and literature. English also has a wider role as a means of learning in all KLAs.

Mathematics

The essential content for Mathematics is structured using one process strand, Working Mathematically, and five content strands:

  • Number
  • Patterns & Algebra
  • Data
  • Measurement
  • Space & Geometry

Science and Technology

Science and Technology provides opportunities for students to learn about natural and made environments by engaging in scientific and technological activity. Science and Technology involves students in investigating, designing and making, and using technology.

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 decisions.

History and Geography

The History K–10 Syllabus provides opportunities in K–6 to learn about Change and Continuity. Students continue to investigate their connections with the past through personal, family and local community history. They examine significant events and people that shaped Australian colonies and the nation.

Cultures is represented in both the History K–10 Syllabus and the Geography K–10 Syllabus. In History and Geography K–6, students continue to learn about the diverse cultures of Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Students learn about the importance of intercultural understanding through examining the perspectives, beliefs and values of people, past and present. 

Environments is predominantly represented in Geography K–6, where students explore the natural and human features of a range of places, across local and global scales. Students continue to learn about how and why places and environments change and how they can be cared for and managed in a sustainable way. 

Learning opportunities for Social Systems and Structures continue to be provided through the content of the History and Geography syllabuses and through learning across the curriculum content. Students will continue to learn about the roles, rights and responsibilities people have within society and the development of Australian democracy. In History K–6, students examine the contribution of individuals and groups to Australian society in areas such as the economy, education and the arts. 

Students explore how key figures and events influenced Australia’s system of law and government and they examine local, state and federal government structures and responsibilities. In Geography K–6, students investigate the diversity of places, including economic, demographic and social differences across countries. They explore business activities and trade connections across local and global scales and the effects of technologies and economic activities on people’s lives. Students examine how local and state governments organise and manage places.

Creative Arts

Creative Arts include the art forms of visual arts, music, drama and dance. Learning in these art forms provides opportunities for students to develop their abilities to make works and appraise their own works and the works of others.

Special Needs Education

St Therese’s Primary School is proud of its’ history of catering for students with special learning needs. Children who are diagnosed (according to strict Commonwealth Guidelines) as having special learning needs are given extra support to assist in their learning. This assistance is presently given in the form of an extra teacher employed for two days per week and a teacher’s aide. This teacher and aide work with the class teachers in the preparation of special programs that assist the children undertake work of a more appropriate level during the week. The Special Needs Teacher also works with the various Catholic Education Office personnel, attends to system & government regulations/paperwork, arranges on-going assessment/testing and is available to parents of special needs children for advice and support

Reading Support Program

In recent years the P & F Association has elected to levy parents for the purpose of employing a Reading Support Teacher one day per week. This teacher works with children in Years 2 – 6 who may be underachieving in reading.

Gifted and Talented Education

St Therese’s Primary School uses a range of tools for identifying Gifted and Talented students. The school takes a multi-faceted approach that takes into consideration the student’s particular area or areas of giftedness and provides a diverse range of opportunities and experiences that allow him/her to develop it into talent.

In particular, the school offers:

  • In-class differentiation across non-streamed classes: Our teachers provide variations in the delivery of material and student response tasks where appropriate to meet the individual needs of all ability groups.

  • Enrichment Programs: The schools works with other local Catholic Primary and Secondary Schools to provide enrichment days in all Key Learning Areas.
  • Opportunities for leadership or representation: The school offers many opportunities for leadership and responsibility within the student body. It also pursues opportunities in all domains for students to represent the school

  • Acceleration: Where data analysis and consultation considers it appropriate, the possibility of grade or subject acceleration is considered.

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is an intensive Literacy program that caters for children who have been at school for 12 months (ie Year 1 children) who, for a variety of reasons, are not experiencing success at reading as would normally be expected.

These children are given 'a second go' at catching onto the fundamentals of reading in an intensive, daily, one-on-one teaching program over a number of weeks.

English as an Additional Dialect (EAL/D)

Children who come to school from a non-English speaking family background (NESB) are given extra classroom support to assist in their learning to read, speak, write and listen in English. This support is available through Government funding and the amount of time per class varies according to needs in each class.

Sport

St Therese’s employs a specialist PE teacher 1 day per week. Outside companies are also engaged to provide specialist programs in Dance, Gymnastics and Swimming. Each of these is conducted in separate terms.

Being a small school, every student in Years K - 6 has the opportunity to attend sport gala days. These are non-competitive and provide the opportunity for games to be played against students from other schools. Sample gala days include soccer, touch football, netball, rugby league and league tag.

Our talented athletes are given the opportunity to attend selection trials in a variety of sports. The representative sport pathway eventually leads to participation in the NSW All Schools Championships for each individual sport.

Library

St Therese’s employs a Librarian 2 days per week.

Children can access the St Therese's Resource Centre - https://oliver.sttdenistone.catholic.edu.au/oliver/libraryHome.do

Extra-Curricula Activities

  • Public Speaking - The school participates in the local cluster of Catholic Schools Public Speaking Competition.
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