Educating for the Future

The learning journey at Sacred Heart honours the developmental stages in a student’s life. Based on leading educational research and the best of today’s technologies, we prepare students for the future by teaching them how to think critically and creatively, how to communicate effectively and how to lead and work both independently and collaboratively.

Educating for the Future

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Westmead student on laptop

The Key Learning Areas

We follow the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) approved curriculum in the key learning areas of:

Science and Technology
Human Society and the Environment
Personal Development Health and Physical Education
Creative Arts

Religious Education

As a Catholic school we also have a strong religious dimension that runs through all the KLAs and is also formally recognised as the KLA of Religious Education.

Sacred Heart students take part in formal Religious Education every day, based on the new Catholic Schools Parramatta Diocese curriculum that is relevant to our students and to the world they live in.

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Religious Education

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Westmead students celebrating faith inside a classroom

We use an Inquiry Learning approach across the curriculum to engage our students.

This helps our students develop a sense of curiosity and to take ownership of their learning. They are encouraged to transfer new skills to real life experiences, helping them to become accountable lifelong learners.

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As the building blocks for all learning, we have a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy throughout our learning and teaching programs.

Dedicated teacher from Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Westmead aiding students in literacy


Literacy at Sacred Heart is an exciting and stimulating time.  It is incorporated into the school timetable for a daily two hour literacy block. This includes opportunities for the students to engage in talking, listening, reading and writing activities as a whole class, in small groups, pairs and individually.

Students are exposed to a variety of literature through the forms of spoken, print, visual, multimedia and digital texts. Literacy activities include Guided Reading, Reader's Circle, Reciprocal Reading and Modelled, Guided and Independent Writing.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Westmead students learning maths using a bead string


Numeracy is seen as being specific to life. Students are given the opportunity to investigate, explore and manipulate both concrete materials and abstract ideas through rich tasks. The process of their learning is expressed orally, pictorially and symbolically. Reflective practice plays a significant part in all the school’s curriculum areas. In Mathematics the students articulate their thinking and reasoning, enabling deeper conceptual understandings.

During the first four weeks of every year, every student participates in a one-on-one Mathematical Assessment Interview (MAI) with their classroom teacher to determine the students’ mathematical strengths and areas for development. The results  are continually reviewed throughout the year.

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