Curriculum

Key Learning Areas

All curriculum subjects are taught in accordance with the NSW Board of Studies syllabuses and the Religious Education curriculum of the Archdiocese of Sydney. The six KLAs are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Human Society and its Environment
  • Creative Arts.

As a Catholic school, our curriculum also includes Religious Education.

St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School offers a curriculum that is differentiated and centred on the child. We have dedicated staff who actively engage in opportunities to further develop their teaching skills so that the individual needs of all students are met. Enrichment opportunities for students occur within the classroom context and in specialised programs supported by our Gifted Education Program. Our learning spaces allow teachers to engage students in a number of learning experiences that integrate the use of technology in meaningful and diverse ways. Technology is integrated through all Key Learning Areas (KLAs).

Religious Education

At St Vincent’s the religious dimension is evident in all facets of school life. We help students to grow and develop in their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith, and to value and appreciate Jesus Christ as the centre of their faith and life. Each day the children participate in prayer and high quality Religious Education lessons devised from the Archdiocesan Religious Education Curriculum. The accompanying student textbooks, 'To Know, Worship and Love', are sent home on a regular basis to further strengthen the link between home and school.

Children are prepared for the celebration of the Sacraments through participation in a school-based program, supported by a home program. Children in Year 2 are prepared for Reconciliation, First Holy Communion is received in Year 3, and Confirmation in Years 5/6. As a school we celebrate Mass together a number of times each term, supported by our Parish Priest. These Masses are prepared by the children and their teachers. We also celebrate a number of feasts and occasions with prayer liturgies. Parents are always welcome to celebrate with us, and receive regular information about upcoming events via our school newsletters.

English

At St Vincent’s the current NSW Board of Studies English Syllabus is followed throughout all grades. Preparation for the implementation of the new Australian Curriculum has taken place in 2013 and it will be introduced in 2014. We value the teaching of English and the strands of Talking and Listening, Reading and Writing are all taught in context through explicit, guided, modelled and independent learning experiences.

Mathematics

In Mathematics there are six strands: one process strand, Working Mathematically, and the five content strands, Number, Patterns and Algebra, Data, Measurement, and Space and Geometry. At St Vincent’s students actively engage in practical and abstract mathematical learning experiences using a variety of resources. Students are encouraged to be effective problem solvers engaging in authentic learning experiences.

Human Society and Its Environment

Human Society and Its Environment is the KLA in which students develop knowledge, understandings, skills, and values and attitudes about people and their social and physical environments. There are four strands:

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

Science and Technology

Science and Technology is the learning area in which all students learn about the natural and man-made environments by investigating, designing and making, and using technology.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education learning experiences encourage students to make informed decisions related to health and physical activity and develop positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Systematic and explicit teaching of personal and social skills gives students a basis for resilience and the resourceful management of their own lives. Throughout the year, all students participate in the Bounce Back resilience program.

Sport skills and fitness are taught across all grades. Each term students participate in a specific program facilitated by skilled outside instructors. Programs include Dance, Gymnastics, Ball Sports, and a two-week intensive Swimming program.

Creative Arts

Students engage in learning experiences in Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. At St Vincent’s we are fortunate to have a specialist teacher in Music, Dance and Drama.

In Drama, students learn how to investigate their world through devising plays, role-plays and imagined situations. In performance, they develop their skills and appreciation of actors, playwrights, devisers, directors and designers. Appreciating drama provides students with opportunities to describe, reflect and analyse their own drama work and that of others. They do this by viewing, talking, reading and writing.

In Music, students develop knowledge, skills and understanding in performing music of different styles and from different times and cultures by singing, playing and moving, and by organising sound into musical compositions using musical concepts. They also develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in listening to and discussing their own music and that of others.

Extra-curricular Activities

Throughout the year, a variety of extracurricular programs and activities are available to students. These include Choir, Percussion Group, Martial Arts, Chess, Environmental Group, Sports Gala Days and performances.