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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.
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.
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:
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.