Curriculum

Religious Education 

Classroom teachers will continue to implement the units of work required by the Archbishop to be taught in Catholic schools. Parents will be sent a letter at the beginning of each new unit of work explaining what the unit of work is about.

Religious Education classes are programmed for each day and children are assessed on their knowledge of what is taught in these classes. We will continue to have at least two whole school Masses each term and our parish priests, Fr Darek and Fr Francis will visit classes as well as celebrate class Masses or Prayer Services each Thursday.

Hopefully, parents and children will discuss aspects of the Religious Education content to reinforce at home what is being taught in the classroom. It is of vital importance that parents model our Christian faith through good example, prayer and regular participation in the Sacraments, particularly Sunday Mass.

Students in Year 3 and 5 will participate in the Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment. 

NAPLAN 

The NAPLAN (National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy) results for all children in Years 3 & 5 are thoroughly analysed each year and staff adapt their programs where necessary as part of raising academic standards. Class programs will focus on attempting to meet the developmental needs of individual children. Children in Pre Primary will participate in PIPS testing at the beginning and end of the school year. 

English 

The spelling programme “Words their Way” is used in Years 3 – 6. 

Reading Recovery, introduced in 2009, will continue with two trained teachers in the program. 

Mathematics 

To cater for individual differences there will be different content and learning strategies as well as assessments for children in any class.First Steps Mathematics will continue to be used across the school and in an attempt to better cater for the diversity of Maths knowledge in each year level, children will be ability grouped for Maths lessons. Switch Maths operates in Year 5 and 6 and only in the Number strand (3 days a week.) Maths will be taught by the classroom teacher in Years 1 – 4. 

Technology and Enterprise 

The development of Technology and Enterprise Outcomes continues to be important for children across all year levels. Children focus on the technology process, technology skills and enterprise where information, materials and systems are used in practical ways to solve problems and assist learning. 

Computers in the school are up graded every four years and other equipment such as iPads, digital cameras, electronic whiteboards and multi-media projectors are used by staff and students in ways that suit their phase of development. Interactive whiteboards operate in all learning areas. 

Science 

From Year 1 to 6 students will be involved in the Primary Connections Science Program.  

Physical Education 

There is an on-going focus on promoting regular exercise as well as the development of sound sporting skills by our specialist teachers. Daily fitness will continue each day, excluding Wednesdays, for ten minutes and efforts to promote healthy eating habits will remain.

For information and timetable for the 2016 NIPSSA Interschool Athletics Carnival, please see below link:

NIPSSA INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL 2016