Our Lady of the Rosary follows the syllabuses set by the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW.
The areas of study are called Key Learning Areas (KLA). Catholic Schools have an additional KLA of Religious Education, which permeates and integrates into the whole school curriculum. Many of the Key Learning Areas integrate; however, learning outcomes are specific to each Key Learning Area.
At Our Lady of the Rosary we recognise that individual students develop at different rates. The Board of Studies has outlined benchmarks that children are expected to meet. The children work towards achieving these benchmarks at each stage.
The stages of development are as follows:
- Early Stage 1 (Kindergarten)
- Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)
- Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)
- Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6)
Parents are given the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher in a formal interview twice a year. Further interviews can be arranged as required.
Parents are invited to attend information meetings regarding curriculum development within the school on a regular basis.
Beliefs About Learning
At Our Lady of the Rosary we believe that children learn best when:
- individual needs are catered for
- they have access to resources
- they are actively involved
- risk taking is encouraged
- they are challenged
- they have strong expectations that they will succeed and do succeed
- quality work is expected
- children’s efforts are valued and shared
- opportunities are provided for enrichment and extension
- a sense of responsibility for self, others and the environment is promoted
- a sense of pride in self and the school are encouraged
- a sense of safety and respect is fostered
- parents are involved in the learning and teaching process
- effective learning and teaching processes are in place
Curriculum: Key Learning Areas
We provide every student in our Catholic primary school with significant opportunities for learning in all seven Key Learning Areas. These experiences are planned in keeping with the stage of development and the potential of each individual student.
The school has a Learning Support Teacher and Learning Support Assistants who assist children with special needs within our school by working with teachers to implement individual education programs.