Curriculum

As a parent of a primary school student, you will want to know what your child is learning so you can help them at home. You and your child’s teachers will be the most important influences on your son’s or daughter’s education.

Religious Education

All students Kindergarten – Year 6 have Religious Education classes as part of the mandated curriculum from Bishop Michael Kennedy, Bishop of Armidale. St. Joseph’s Primary School is part of St Patrick’s Parish Tamworth, the Catholic Diocese of Armidale and the world wide Catholic Church.

  • Religious Education should be based on the life of Jesus and witness to gospel values in both our teaching and everyday life.
  • Teaching and interaction with children should promote Christ-like behaviour and bear witness to inclusiveness, forgiveness and love.
  • Religious Education encompasses all aspects of the child’s development with a scripture and knowledge-base program and Catholic values integrated across all Key Learning Areas.
  • The whole school community is provided with opportunities for spirituality and self-expression through liturgy, celebrations, sacraments, prayers and Masses building a strong link between the school, parish and wider community.

English

In English, students learn to read, write, speak , view and represent language. They learn about the English language and literature through working with a wide range of spoken, visual, multimedia and digital texts. Students learn 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 pleasure. Students gain a sound grasp of language structures, punctuation, spelling and grammar and learn to think in ways that are imaginative, creative and critical.

For those who are looking for more information you can visit the NSW Government Parents guide to the NSW primary syllabuses.

Mathematics

Mathematics develops students’ thinking, understanding, competence and confidence with numbers, shapes and measurement. Students learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide 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. Students use mathematical knowledge to communicate, problem­solve and reason.

For those who are looking for more information you can visit the NSW Government Parents guide to the NSW primary syllabuses.

Science and Technology

Science and Technology develops students’ skills in thinking, investigating and problem­solving. It gives them knowledge and skills in scientific investigation and inquiry, design and applying technologies. Children pose questions, test ideas, and develop and evaluate arguments based on evidence.

For those who are looking for more information you can visit the NSW Government Parents guide to the NSW primary syllabuses.

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE)

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) provides opportunities for students to explore how people, events and forces from the past have shaped their world. They investigate their personal and community identity and gain an understanding of their nation and its place in the world. They learn to participate effectively in maintaining and improving the quality of their society and environment.

For those who are looking for more information you can visit the NSW Government Parents guide to the NSW primary syllabuses.

Creative Arts

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. Students learn to appreciate the meanings and values that each artform offers. They perform and express themselves through the visual arts, music, drama and dance.

For those who are looking for more information you can visit the NSW Government Parents guide to the NSW primary syllabuses.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

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 and develop positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle. Students learn how bodies grow and change over time. They learn skills to play individual and team sports, and the values of sportsmanship and teamwork.

For those who are looking for more information you can visit the NSW Government Parents guide to the NSW primary syllabuses.