Curriculum

Learning in the Early Years

St Therese acknowledges that young children display an innate sense of wonder. We know this is best fostered in an environment that encourages and promotes exploration, questioning and creative thinking. Every child at St Therese is provided with ample opportunities to foster curiosity, wonderment, exploration, discovery, inquiry and leadership. Parents will be valued as active partners in learning and it is our hope to provide them with a range of opportunities to participate in and share their child’s learning journey at school.

Responsive to the Needs of every Learner

At St Therese, we use the Authentic Learning model, which promotes individualised learning and student choice. We offer a varied and comprehensive curriculum that strives to cater for the individual needs of each student. The learning and improvement of every student is an ongoing priority and a collective responsibility at St Therese. We aim to develop each student into an independent learner who engages in goal setting and reflective practice. The development of a solid foundation of literacy and numeracy across all areas of the curriculum is essential, and supported through differentiated assessment programs. Technology is a natural and integral component of our teaching and learning programs across all key learning areas. Children will access digital technologies to support their learning every day. The subject areas of our curriculum are: Religious Education English Mathematics History and Geography Creative Arts Science Personal Development, Health and Physical Education Teachers are an integral part of our school’s learning culture, and plan and develop programmes integrating a variety of these subject areas in order to maximise learning time and make effective learning links.

Religious Education

St Therese fosters and nurtures the faith development of students through Religious Education.The teaching and learning of Religious Education follows the Archdiocesan Religious Education Curriculum. The teaching and learning environment is permeated by the Gospel values of love, justice, peace and forgiveness. Central to this curriculum, and its effective teaching, is the “To Know, Worship and Love” textbook series. At St Therese we recognise that parents are the first faith educators of their children and that we have an important role affirming and supporting parents in this role. We work in partnership with parents and in close co-operation with our parish priest to help our students come to know and understand their faith tradition.

English

English is central to the intellectual, social and emotional development of students and is important across all subject areas. As part of the English curriculum, students learn to read, write, speak and listen. They learn about English language and literature, how language varies according to context and how to communicate with a range of audiences for different purposes. Literacy skills are taught through modelled, guided and independent learning experiences, and students learn to read for information and for pleasure.

Mathematics

Many aspects of Mathematics are essential in order for children to grow into useful citizens of our world. At St Therese, numeracy skills are taught a variety of ways, including using concrete materials and practicing mental arithmetic in ability-based groups.

Science

Science and technology are of increasing importance in our rapidly changing world. At St Therese, students’ sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural and made world is fostered through actively engaging in the processes of working scientifically and working technologically. Our science program helps students develop knowledge of natural and made environments and learn to understand the physical world.

History and Geography (HSIE)

History is a process of inquiry into the past that helps explain how people and events have shaped our world. It allows students to locate and understand themselves and others, and provides opportunities for students to explore human actions and achievements. At St Therese, we teach students that history is all around us, and that historical information may be drawn from the physical remains of the past as well as written, visual and oral sources of evidence. Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Rich and complex, it integrates knowledge from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. At St Therese, students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for the world and think about how to shape a socially just and sustainable future.

Personal Health, Development and Physical Education (PDHPE)

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education is based on a broad notion of health. It encompasses all aspects of an individual’s well being, including social, mental, physical and spiritual health. At St Therese, students develop skills in making healthy choices by learning how their bodies grow and change. Children also learn about teamwork when playing different sports.

Creative Arts

Creative Arts contributes to the development of the whole child and assists students in becoming informed consumers of culture. Children at St Therese learn to express their creativity through Dance, Drama, Visual Arts and Music.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Our teachers are passionate professionals who are committed to providing students with diverse learning experiences that align with their needs and interests. Technology is integrated across all subject areas, and children are encouraged to work together, allowing learning to shift from being teacher-focused to student-centred.