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 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

​At St Patrick's Bega, we place great importance in developing positive links between family, school and parish. It takes a working partnership to begin to develop a child's faith. The parish and school work together to provide our sacramental programme for our Catholic students.
However, it is important for families to take the primary responsibility for initiating their children into the Catholic faith tradition. We view the role of the school as vital in this initiation process which begins in Kindergarten and is developed throughout the children's primary years.

 Prayer is an intrinsic part of the daily school life. During the day each class will take time to pray. We meet daily at morning assembly to pray as a school for our families and friends and any need of the community. Children should be exposed to the full spectrum of prayer experience which can take many forms - traditional, scriptural, liturgical and creative prayer. 
 
Students at school may experience prayer in various forms: stillness, listening, reflection, dialogue, music, drama, song or dance. All parents and other community members are invited to celebrate with the children in liturgical celebrations throughout the year. These events are published in the weekly newsletter.

Every class sets aside a half hour each day for formal religious education. The Program is based on the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocesan Guidelines ''Treasures New and Old"
 
This document identifies Stage Outcomes and key concepts on seven major content areas. Each content strand is given focus and the strands together are given coherence through the following theological statements:
 
  • God: Communion of Love, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus Christ: Word made flesh, the wisdom, freedom and Compassion of God.
  • ​Church: Body of Christ, Communion in the Spirit, community of disciples, witness to unity and justice, pilgrims in service to the world.
  • Sacraments: Ritual celebrations of the experience of God's Spirit in the midst of life.
  • Scripture: Word of God in inspired human words, interpreting the community's foundational experience.
  • Christian Life: Growth in discernment and responsibility, gifted and challenged in the transforming presence of the Spirit.
  • Prayer: Growing in faithful relationship, listening, trusting and celebrating the living God.​
Our daily life at St Patrick's is based on Christian values which are strongly reflected in Treasures New and Old. They are an integral part of our view to life and are linked to all other Key Learning Areas. They are a main source in defining who we are as a Catholic school and in the development of our school culture, values, beliefs and ethos.

 ENGLISH

​The four strands of the NSW English Syllabus are - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. At St Patrick's we we view these four elements as a whole and not as separate subjects. We follow a holistic approach to teaching English as we believe each aspect is dependant on the other.

St Patrick's provides its students with a rich language environment which begins early in Kindergarten and continues throughout their school life. Children learn to read by reading and learn to write by writing. Children from Kindergarten to Year 6 participate in a rich language programme with formal lessons each day. Our reading programme is a comprehensive, sequential Guided Reading Programme.​

 MATHEMATICS

​The NSW Mathematics Syllabus is the focus of our Mathematics programme. The four strands are- Number, Space, Measurement and Working Mathematically. In Junior Primary we support our curriculum with the 'Count Me In Too' Maths programme also developed by the NSW Board of Studies. It is a 'hands on' approach to developing mathematical skills and understanding for young students. 

Lesson Structure

Planning for Mathematics is completed using the page  ‘Maths Proforma’ located in the Appendix at the back of this curriculum. It is designed to follow our ‘Agreed Model of Teaching Mathematics,’ developed by the staff in consultation with our Development Officers from the Catholic Education Office.  

Mathematics lessons at St Patrick’s will follow the following structure:

    • Whole Class Warm Up – Recall of familiar facts (5 to 10 minutes)
    • Modelled Interactive Experiences – Teacher demonstrates with explicit instruction. No feedback of children. Teacher ‘Think Aloud’ processes  (10 minutes)
    • Sharing - Students contribute ideas and information under teacher direction
    • Guided Experiences – The teacher scaffolds help and provides corrective feedback
    • Applied Experience – The teacher offers support and encourages whilst the children work independently
    • Cognitive Closure – Students conceptualise what they have learnt (10 minutes)

The model above will be incorporated into the general teaching of Mathematics. There will be occasional times when this model will need to be adapted to suit a specific lesson or content.​

 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The NSW Science and Technology Syllabus lead the children into the natural and constructed world and to search for explanations of natural phenomena. As they learn to observe and reason, and build models and test theories, they are taught scientific ways of thinking and problem solving, and develop their ability to distinguish between evidence and personal opinion. 
 
The principal strands within the Science syllabus are- Earth and Beyond, Life and Living, Energy and Change, Natural and Processed Materials and Working Scientifically. The four main strands for Technology include: Design making and appraising, Information, Materials and Systems​

 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH AND EDUCATION

In Health and Physical Education children learn to develop positive attitudes about themselves and their bodies and to act in ways that will promote their all-round health.
 
The principal strands of the NSW PDHPE K-6 syllabus include: Active Lifestyle, Dance, Games and Sports, Growth and Development, Gymnastics, Interpersonal Relationships, Personal Health Choices and Safe Living.
 
The content of the PDHPE Curriculum covers eight strands including;​
      • Growth and Developmet
      • Safe Living
      • Games and Sport
      • Interpersonal Relationships
      • Personal Health Choices
      • Dance
      • Active Lifestyle
      • Gymnastics