There are seven Key Learning Areas in the Primary Catholic School Curriculum in New South Wales.
- Religious Education
- Science and Technology
- Human Society and its Environment
- Creative Arts
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
The Australian Curriculum is being developed progressively by ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority) in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including teachers, principals, governments, State and Territory education authorities, professional education associations, community groups and the general public.
St Augustine’s is working closely to integrate the new national curriculum into the school’s curriculum framework.
To find out more about the development process of the Australian Curriculum and to view the K-10 Curriculum documents for English, Mathematics, Science and History go to http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/
NSW Board of Studies
State and territory education authorities are responsible for the implementation of the Australian curriculum.
St Augustine’s follows the guidelines as set out by the NSW Board of Studies when creating learning sequences for the students.
School Curriculum Framework
Curriculum is, by design, all the planned (and unplanned) learning opportunities provided by our school for the members of our community.
Curriculum at Augustine’s describes what all children are expected to know and be able to do by the completion of each year level. These specific learning outcomes identify the skills and attitudes that the children are expected to display by the end of a particular year level. The curriculum at St. Augustine’s is addressed in an integrated way rather than the traditional separate subjects.
The Curriculum Organiser for St. Augustine’s is built around the integration of two key components; Basic Skills and Inquiry Based Learning.
The Basic Skills areas are central to the teaching of the integrated units. These are Core Literacy Skills, Core Numeracy Skills and Core Religious Education Skills
The St. Augustine’s Curriculum Framework incorporates the following two major elements;
- Basic Skills via Direct Instruction for Literacy, Numeracy and Religious Education
- Inquiry Based Learning
Extension & Support
Regular classes are supported with learning support and enrichment teachers. These programs assist us in serving individual student needs. These programs are supported by assessments completed by professionals in related areas e.g. speech pathologists, occupational therapists, so that students’ needs can be more carefully met.
Student Enrichment Program
The enrichment program seeks to identify and support high achieving students who require particular extension in various academic disciplines.Â The Enrichment Program provides a variety of challenging learning opportunities which seek to cater for the different intelligences of children. Consequently, the composition of the groups is flexible and is dependent upon the focus of the enrichment program offered. Students are encouraged to participate in various enrichment activities including the Premiers’ Reading Challenge, NSW Academic Competitions, Primary Research Project, Maths Olympiads Competitions as well as many in class activities.
Student Support Program
Children who need assistance in a particular area of learning are identified by by both norm-referenced tests and upon teachers made assessments. Selected students are given assistance on an individual and/or small group basis within the cohort. This Learning Support Program is provided in each grade.
The school also provides many extra-curricular activities. These activities include a school choir, gardening club, drum band, a Mission program, Library lunchtime activities, Premier’s Reading Challenge, Primary Research Competition, lunchtime recorder group, skipping squad, English, Maths, Science, Computer, Writing & Spelling competitions, school socials, a chess club and visits by cultural groups.
The school attempts to penetrate the wider community through participation, as much as possible, in Catholic Schools’ Week, the Coffs Harbour Eisteddfod, Anzac Day ceremonies and community activities as they arise.