Curriculum

Our teachers are currently undergoing professional development to enable them to develop excellent teaching and learning programs using the new Australian Curriculum.

Religious Education

The religious dimension of the Catholic school includes the Religious Education curriculum, the liturgical, sacramental and prayer life of the school, and opportunities for students to engage in activities that build Christian community and reach out to those in need.

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 evangelisation, 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. The students textbooks '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

English

In English students develop knowledge, skills and understanding about English language and literature and the ability to talk, listen, read, view and write with purpose, effect and confidence. They develop knowledge of the ways in which language varies according to context, and a sound grasp of language structures, spelling and grammar.

The three broad strands of English are:

  • Talking and Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing.

We will provide the students with many opportunities to speak, listen, read, view respond, write and create increasingly complex and sophisticated texts with accuracy, fluency and purpose, so that they may:

  • develop an explicit understanding and appreciation of how language works to create various kinds of meanings
  • use language to inform, persuade, entertain and argue
  • engage imaginatively with literature
  • appreciate and enjoy language and develop a sense of its richness
  • extend and deepen their relationships in order to become citizens who are ethical, thoughtful and informed.

Mathematics

The aim of Mathematics in the primary years is to develop mathematical thinking, understanding, competence and confidence, in order to maximise students’ individual talents and capabilities for lifelong learning.

The essential content for Mathematics is structured using one process strand:

  • Working Mathematically

and five content strands:

  • Number
  • Patterns and Algebra
  • Data
  • Measurement
  • Space and Geometry.

These strands contain the essential knowledge, skills and understandings for the study of Mathematics. They are developed through the use of teaching strategies such as concrete materials, the use of appropriate language, problem-solving tasks and technology.

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)

HSIE enhances each student's sense of personal, community, national and global identity and enables them to participate effectively in maintaining and improving the quality of their society and environment.

The four broad strands of HSIE are:

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

Lessons involve the explicit teaching of knowledge, while using an inquiry process as a key aspect of learning.

Teaching and learning strategies aim to develop:

  • knowledge and appreciation of Australia’s historical and geographical context
  • the children’s ability to participate effectively and sensitively in a multicultural society
  • opportunities to develop the children’s understanding and respect for our cultural heritage/Indigenous and ethnic backgrounds
  • children’s confidence and a sense of responsibility in a rapidly changing world.
  • oppportunities for the children to appreciate and enjoy the close relationship that exists between themselves and nature.

The children are provided with first-hand experience to enhance their learning through field trips, excursions and guest speakers.

The children are provided with the opportunities to use technology to enhance their learning experiences.

Science and Technology

In Science and Technology students develop competence, confidence and responsibility in their interactions with science and technology.

The units covered are developed from the six content strands of:

  • built environments
  • information and communication
  • living Things
  • physical phenomena
  • products and services
  • Earth and its surroundings.

These units will develop the skills in the learning processes of:

  • investigating
  • designing and making
  • using Technology.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

PD/H/PE is an important Key Learning Area within the primary curriculum.

It:

  • encourages an understanding and valuing of self and others
  • promotes physical activity
  • emphasises informed decision-making, leading to effective and responsible action

More specifically, the study of PD/H/PE is concerned with:

  • physical, social, cognitive and emotional growth and development patterns
  • the development and maintenance of positive interpersonal relationships
  • the factors influencing personal health choices
  • living and learning in a safe, secure environment
  • the adoption of an active lifestyle
  • fundamental movement patterns and coordinated actions of the body
  • skills that enable action for better health and movement outcomes.

Creative Arts

Creative Arts in K-6 is designed to enable students to gain increasing understanding and accomplishment in the Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance, and for students to appreciate the meanings and values that each of the art forms offer them personally, culturally and as forms of communication. At St Therese School, the children have opportunities to express feelings, imagination and intellect through their own personal expressions:

The content strands in the Creative Arts are:

  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Dance and Drama.

Teaching and learning activities provide a range of social, historical and cultural art forms and music.

Children are provided with opportunities to develop their skills in creating, expressing and appreciating the beauty of the world around them.

Learning experiences will provide children with the opportunity to:

  • make art works
  • appreciate their own works and those of others
  • perform and organise sound
  • listen to and discuss their own music and that of others
  • create and perform drama
  • appreciate their own dramatic works and those of others
  • compose and perform dance.

General

The majority of students come from language and cultural backgrounds other than English. We therefore provide strong learning programs in literacy and numeracy. Literacy and numeracy support, through the ESL and Special Needs programs, are important in enhancing pedagogy. Bilingual (Vietnamese and Arabic) Teachers and Learning Support Officers support the teaching and learning in the classrooms. Reading Recovery is provided for selected students in Year 1. Specialist teachers are members of all collaborative planning teams. 

We recognise and acknowledge that all children are unique, with diverse backgrounds, experiences and learning needs. Therefore we use a range of assessment strategies to personalise learning to meet these needs. Adapting the curriculum to suit all children is a high priority for teachers planning and programming classroom tasks. An Enrichment Program supports the learning needs and preferences of the more capable students.

In 2010 St Therese’s became a member of the Smarter Schools National Partnership for Low Socio-Economic Schools. A full-time Teacher-Educator was employed to work with teachers to increase their capacity in improving learning outcomes for the students. The major focus was on increasing student performance in Oral Language and Reading across the curriculum.

Information and Communication Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Each learning space is well equipped with computers and iPads, while an Interactive Whiteboard is located in each classroom, the Special Needs Room and the Library.