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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.
The Key Learning Areas
We follow the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) approved curriculum in the key learning areas of:
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.
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.
As the building blocks for all learning, we have a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy throughout our learning and teaching programs.
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.
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.