The School Curriculum
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CURRICULUM
At all times the Australian National Curriculum, as interpreted by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), is followed and applied within our school.
- Religious Education, is at the centre of Sacred Heart school curriculum and is taught daily both formally and informally. Teachers use the Bathurst Diocesan document To Know, Worship and Love to guide the teaching and learning of Religious Education. Catholic symbols are used throughout the school; staff, students and families participate in regular prayer and worship following the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. Year Three students prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Eucharist. Year Two students prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Year Five & Six students prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Religious Education curriculum helps students to explore the values, ideals and challenges of the Gospel as embodied in the person of Jesus Christ.
- English, students learn to read, write, talk and listen. They learn about the English language and literature, how language varies according to context and how to communicate to a range of audiences for different purposes. They learn to read for information and for pleasure. They learn about poetry, novels and plays. They gain a sound grasp of language structures, punctuation, spelling and grammar.
- Mathematics develops students’ thinking, understanding, competence and confidence with numbers, shapes and measurement. Students learn to add, subtract, divide and multiply whole numbers, fractions and decimals. They learn to measure time and calculate with money. They learn geometry, algebra and how to work with data and graphs.
- Science and Technology develops students’ skills in thinking, investigating and problem-solving. It gives them knowledge and skills in scientific investigation, design and applied technology. This subject builds on the curiosity children have about their natural and built environments.
- Geography aims to stimulate students' interest in and engagement with the world. Through geographical enquiry they develop an understanding of the interactions between people, places and environments across a range of scales in order to become informed, responsible and active citizens.
- History aims to stimulate students' interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past, to develop a critical understanding of the past and its impact on the present, to develop the critical skills of historical inquiry and to enable students to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens.
- Creative Arts gives students experiences in the visual arts, music, drama and dance. They have opportunities to explore their creativity in each of these areas. They learn to appreciate the meanings and values that each art form offers. They perform and express themselves through the visual arts, music, drama and dance.
- Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to lead healthy, active and fulfilling lives. Students learn about the importance of good food and regular exercise. They learn how bodies grow and change over time. They learn skills to play individual and team sports, and the values of sportsmanship and teamwork.