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Curriculum

St Thomas Aquinas Primary has a proud history of academic achievement.

Our experienced and dedicated teaching staff regard themselves as a community of learners. They work closely as a team to provide the very best educational environment and opportunities for every student.

We follow the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) approved curriculum in the key learning areas of Mathematics, Science and Technology, English, Human Society and Its Environment, Creative and Practical Arts, and Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

The Diocese of Parramatta, under the care and guidance of Bishop Vincent Long, sets our Religious Education program, Sharing our Story, in partnership with the Catholic Education Office.

All students have regular access to information and communication technologies.


Key Learning Areas

Mathematics

Concepts taught in Mathematics include number, space & geometry, data, measurement, patterns & algebra.

English

This involves the strands of Speaking & Listening, Reading & Writing. A needs-based literacy group program operates throughout the school, which targets the individual needs of children.

Science & Technology

This includes the learning processes of investigating, designing, and making and using technology.

History and Geography

This is arranged in four strands - Change and Continuity, Environments, Cultures, Social Systems and Structures.

Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (including Sport)

We have a specialist Physical Education teacher who teaches each class for one hour per week, this is supplemented by class lessons. Students have the opportunity to participate in a vast number of sporting experiences, including our Annual Sports Carnival, Swimming Carnival, Cross Country, local and regional sporting tournaments, and gymnastics.

Creative Arts

This comprises the areas of Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama. We have a specialist Music Teacher who teaches the music strand in classes. Students have the opportunity to be involved in the school ensemble, choir and other musical performances. Small group music lessons are available at school, with tuition provided by the Springwood School of Music.

Special Education

Special Education is available through STARS and Writers Club, for students requiring specific support with their learning.

Technology

Technology is available in all classrooms and the Library, to develop skills in information and communication. We have a Learning Technology Coordinator and a Technology Technician. The school adheres to the Catholic Education Office Policy for Acceptable use of Computers.

Library

This is a focal point of the school – a centre of school resources.

The school library is instrumental in effectively supporting our learning environment. It is also an important centre of technology. The children and teachers are able to access the internet through the laptop program and wireless technology. Parents are welcome to use the library with their children. The students borrow from the library each week and our students participate in the annual Premier’s Reading Challenge.

An annual Book Fair is held where families are able to buy books for their own purposes. A number of times a year Bookclub order forms will be sent home. There is no obligation to buy books, but orders must be accompanied by payment.

 
   
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