Curriculum

With the introduction of the Australian Curriculum from the beginning of 2011, these curriculum areas will all be updated.

The school curriculum is based on the following subjects:

Religion

English

Mathematics

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

Science

The Arts

Health and Physical Education

Technology

Languages

 

Our curriculum draws upon the new Australian Curriculum, the ACT Curriculum Frameworks and NSW Syllabuses. A key focus of learning in the primary school curriculum across all grades is the promotion of literacy and numeracy skills.

Within our school environment the school recognises and supports a close relationship between teachers, parents and students, as successful learning relies on this partnership. Communication and co-operation between school and home is important.

Across all class levels K-6, the learning program is integrated and sequential. In classrooms teachers believe students benefit by:

 

Religious Education

St Jude's Religious Education curriculum is broad in nature and includes experiences of prayer and faith development. The Archdiocesan Religious Education curriculum, Treasures New and Old, is the key resouce in the development of classroom programs. The document offers a teaching approach, grounded in the Tradition and Scripture, which engages the learner in a variety of educational experiences to foster faith development.

While recognizing that not all students in our schools are members of the Catholic Church, we are committed to nurturing all children in our care within the Catholic Tradition.

"Simply proclaim the Lord Christ holy in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope you have. But give it with courtesy and respect." 1 Peter 3:15

Our curriculum, Treasures New and Old, encourages the promotion of:

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English

St Jude's is committed to the national literacy goal that every child leaving primary school is able to read, write and spell at an appropriate level. We believe that children learn best through meaningful experiences; hence our teaching programs are holistic ensuring that language permeates all curriculum areas. Within this holistic approach is the belief in the teaching of specific skills, for students to reach their full potential.

Our programs have as their starting point the beliefs and strategies outlined in the NSW Board of Studies English K-6 Syllabus and the 'First Steps' resource. Some of the many activiies and strategies we employ are:

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Mathematics

Mathematics is essential for living. At St Jude's we aim to develop in students: 

  • Confidence and enjoyment in doing mathematical activities
  • Knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical content
  • An awareness of the place of mathematics in solving problems in everyday life
  • An understanding of the contribution of mathematics to the development of our society.

Our school is following the Mathematics Curriculum as outlined in the Australian Curriculum. The content is organised in these strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability. Teachers have a selection of resources to support class lessons and teaching Mathematics, including hands-on equipment, computer software (maths 300), text and resource books. We are also implementing the Canberra/Goulburn Archdicesan Mathematics Framework (AMF). The AMF connects research into educational practice and curriculum design, to provide concise Principles for Effective Mathematics Education and a consistent foundation for the implementation of the Australian Curriculum through best practice in mathematics education.

Students in Years 3 and 5 participate in the NAPLAN testing. These tests provide valuable feedback for parents and teachers. We offer students the opportunity to be involved in other mathematical activities, including maths competitions and workshops.

Kindergarten to Year 3 engage in hands on maths through the Count Me In Too programme.

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Science

At St Jude's we believe Science provides a knowledge base for students to gain undersatings about built environments, living things, physical phenomena, products and services and the earth and its surroundings. Science is relevant to everyone and assists students to make meaning of the world in which they live.

Our teaching programs engage students in meaningful activities, providing them with opportunities to investigate, design and make, and to use technology.

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Technology

Students learn about technology and use it to enhance learning in all subjects at St Jude's. Technology encompasses computer and information technology as well as a range of other materials and equipment used to undertake investigation, communication and design tasks.

The importance of technology in our everyday lives is recognised and utilized in our teaching programs. Every classroom has 6 to 8 iPads, with a range of software to support learning. A class set of iPads is also available to each class to support their lessons. iPad apps are regularly reviewed for relevance and new apps are evaluated. Additional to the iPads, are hands-on technology such as Bee Bots and Lego Robotics. 

Our school website is maintained by school staff. 

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Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

The Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) are the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts.  HASS has a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts and considers challenges for the future. the HASS learning area includes a study of history, geography, civics and citizenship, economics and business. Through studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change. 

The key ideas are:

 

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Health and Physical Education (H.PE)

We believe that a healthy lifestyle helps students learn and develop physically, mentally and emotionally. We plan to develop knowledge and understandings in the strands ofpersonal, social and community health; and movement and physical activity. These strands are interrelated and inform and support each other.

Sports are an important part of the school curriculum and all children are encouraged to participate and do their best in planned school activities. For many years the school has been using the Aussie Sport's model where children are exposed to a wide variety of sports and games with visiting instructors coaching and helping to develop skills.

Infants are involved in a detailed perceptual motor program. Yearly we have swimming, athletics and cross country carnivals, intensive swimming programs and gymnastics at the local gym club and dance. We participate in our local PSSA competition and field teams at weekend sports, particularly netball and soccer.

Children engage in whole school fitness activities on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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The Arts

This area includes dance, drama, music, visual arts and media arts. It is an important and integral part of our primary school curriculum. The Arts are frequently integrated into the 'whole' teaching program.

We have a specialist music teacher, three days per week, to support the teaching of music in each class. A private piano teacher is available to interested students during the week for formal lessons.

St. Jude's is frequently involved in staging musical productions, concerts and dance eisteddfods. Classes regularly present assembly items to the school. Professional entertainment artists visit yearly.

 

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Languages

Indonesian is taught from Kindergarten to Year 6. The program aims to give children understanding of another country and culture. It is important that children have the chance to appreciate different ways of experiencing life to learn to respect and value cultural diversity. The students are involved in learning to communicate orally and in written form, developing an understanding of skills used in language.

The basic objectives include:

For further details please contact our school.

 

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