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Key Learning Areas

square pointIn accordance with the Education Reform Act 1990, School Curriculum is organised into Key Learning Areas.  Instruction in each of these areas is determined by directives provided int he NSW Board of Studies Syllabus Statements and, in the case of Religion, by the Catholic Education Office, Wollongong.


English is the Key Learning Area where students develop knowledge, skills and understandings about English language and literature.  The outcomes and content in the English K-6 Syllabus are organised in the three strands and are developed through modelling and meaningful practice.  The three strands are:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Talking and Listening


Children are encouraged through experimentation with concrete materials, discussion, practice and modelling to develop concepts in the following strands:

  • Measurement
  • Space
  • Number
  • Understanding skills and attitudes relating to inquiry, analysis, problem solving, information processing and computing

Science and Technology

Instruction in this area involving 'hands on' experimentation in activities which children learn to observe, measure, classify, predict and analyse.  Students will explore:

  • Built Environments
  • Information and Communication
  • Living Things
  • Physical Phenomena
  • Earth and its surroundings
  • Investigating
  • Designing and Making

Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)

Study in this area focuses on four strands of exploration which include:

  • People
  • Culture
  • Societies
  • Environments

HSIE also includes studies of Languages Other Than English (LOTE) such as the Year 5 study of elementary Japanese Language/Culture.

Creative and Practical Arts

Integrated across the KLAs within the scope of classroom programs, the Creative and Practical Arts enable students to gain increasing understanding and accomplishment in:

  • Visual Arts
  • Music
  • Drama and Dance

Work undertaken in each of these areas helps students appreciate the meanings and values that each of the art-forms offer personally, culturally and as forms of communication.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

Lessons are conducted in the context of a weekly program (on Fridays) and co-ordinated by specialist teacher, Mrs Anna Pulbrook.

PDHPE strands include a study of:

  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Games and Sports
  • Dance
  • Growth and Development
  • Gymnastics
  • Active Lifestyle
  • Personal Health Choices
  • Safe Living