Curriculum

St Joseph’s Primary School, Wingham, honours its commitment to quality Catholic education through its provision of high quality educational programs by which each student is enabled to reach their full potential.

We are a community of learning characterised by high expectations for learners to achieve excellence, academic rigour, innovation and purpose, within an environment that engages, empowers and enables.

Learning is supported by the following Diocesan Learning Framework.

The curriculum at St Joseph’s is based on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Curriculum. Students receive instruction in all Key Learning Areas.

KEY LEARNING AREAS

St Joseph’s offers a complete set of study areas to its students. For more information, please scroll below:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Science and Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) History, Geography
  • Creative Arts
  • Personal Development/Health/Physical Education (PDHPE)

English

Language shapes our understanding of ourselves and our world. It is the primary means by which we relate to others and is central to the intellectual, social and emotional development of all students. In the years of schooling from Kindergarten to Year 10, English is the study and use of the English language in its various textual forms. These encompass spoken, written and visual texts of varying complexity through which meaning is shaped, conveyed, interpreted and reflected.

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Mathematics

Mathematics in K–10 provides students with knowledge, skills and understanding in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluency, communication, logical reasoning, analytical thought and problem-solving skills. These capabilities enable students to respond to familiar and unfamiliar situations by employing strategies to make informed decisions and solve problems relevant to their further education and everyday lives.

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Religious Education

The classroom teaching of religion promotes an understanding of Catholic beliefs and practices, and incorporates content with the same systematic demands, creativity and rigour as other Key Learning Areas. It also takes into account the developmental stages and attempts to adapt material appropriate to the students’ backgrounds.

The overall goal of classroom religion is expressed in the diocesan policy on The Classroom Teaching of Religion (1999) as: To enhance or promote knowledge and understanding of the traditions of the Catholic community: its story, its experiences and its teachings, through the following four strands: Jesus and Scripture, History and Beliefs, Celebration and Prayer, Justice and Morality.

The classroom teaching of religion aims to:

  1. Encourage students to find meaning and excitement in learning about the story, experiences and teachings of the Catholic tradition
  2. Enable students to be more articulate and thoughtful about the Catholic tradition
  3. Encourage informed participation of students in the Catholic community
  4. Enable students to know, understand and apply Gospel values in daily life.
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Science and Technology

Science and technology are of increasing importance and integral to our rapidly changing world. A student's 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. Through questioning and seeking solutions to problems, students develop an understanding of the relationships between science and technology and the significance of their contribution to and influence on society.

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HSIE

History

History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that helps to explain how people, events and forces from the past have shaped our world. It allows students to locate and understand themselves and others in the continuum of human experience up to the present. History provides opportunities for students to explore human actions and achievements in a range of historical contexts. Students become aware 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

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. It is a rich and complex discipline that integrates knowledge from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for the world and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future.     

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PDHPE

Through the study of Personal Development, Health and Physical Education courses, students develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes needed to take action to protect and enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing in varied and changing contexts. Physical education is fundamental to the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities confidently, competently and creatively.

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Creative Arts

The art forms of visual arts, music, drama and dance can be thought about in a variety of ways. They play a significant role in how meaning is made in peoples’ lives. Visual arts, music, drama and dance offer students and people of all ages opportunities for personal expression, enjoyment, creative action, imagination, emotional response, aesthetic pleasure and the creation of shared meanings.

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