The educational program at St John’s Catholic Primary School is based on and taught in accordance with the NESA syllabus outcomes for the 6 Key Learning Areas (KLAs) of primary education with Religious Education permeating all that is done at the school. The compulsory curriculum subjects are: English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, History, Geography, Creative Arts, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.
All curriculum areas have a religious dimension: inviting students to examine the world of human culture and the world of religion, exploring a Catholic worldview, fostering the search for meaning and truth, and making links to the Good News of Jesus. This religious dimension is given depth by the faith witness of staff through their presence, relationships and teaching. Prayer and/or meditation are every day practices for all students.
The teaching of English enables students to understand and use language effectively, appreciate, reflect on and enjoy language. It develops the ability to make meaning in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive, critical and powerful.
The aim of teaching Mathematics is to develop confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics who are able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in and out of the classroom. It includes concepts of fluency and the ability to solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
The Science and Technology curriculum enables students to explore scientific and technological concepts and develop knowledge and understanding of the world; enabling them to inquire, plan, investigate and develop solutions to problems. Through Working Scientifically, and Design and Production skills, students develop an interest in and an enthusiasm for understanding nature, phenomena and the built environment.
The History syllabus engages students’ interest in exploring the past, to develop a critical understanding of the past and its impact on the present. The subject enables students to participate as active, informed and responsible citizens.
By learning Geography students’ are stimulated to engage interest with the world. Through geographical inquiry 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.
Students are given experiences in with 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 art form offers.
The study of PDHPE supports students to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes required to lead and promote healthy, safe and active lives.