KLA (Key Learning Areas)
Schools in the Diocese of Armidale use contemporary learning approaches to provide engaging opportunities for all students in the delivery of the NSW Board of Studies Syllabuses. The syllabuses are enriched through the embedding of Core Catholic Principles and Values across all Key Learning Areas (KLAs).
We partner with families to enable students to become engaged learners from Kindergarten to Year 12. Our schools provide pathways for students to become successful, independent people. We offer access to credentials from the NSW Board of Studies including Record of Student Achievement (RoSA) and the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and ASQA Vocational Education and Training certification.
Our teachers support students’ development of Literacy skills across all key learning areas, with a specific focus in English. English is the one mandatory subject from Kindergarten to Year 12.
The aim of English is to enable students to:
- understand and use language effectively
- appreciate, reflect on and enjoy the English language; and
- to make meaning in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive, critical and powerful.[i]
Our teachers work closely with their students to develop and apply these literacy skills in the context of rich literature in its varied forms. Schools are committed to meeting children’s literacy learning needs and create opportunities that foster students’ love of literature and learning and create a learning environment where they can:
experiment with ideas and expression,
become active, independent and lifelong learners,
work with each other, and
reflect on their learning.[ii]
The embedding of Core Catholic Principles and Values is explicit in the English learning and teaching activities, as it is in all other KLAs.
- [i] BOSTES, NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum: English K-10 Syllabus, p.12
- [ii] BOSTES, p10Insert link to English syllabus ( http://syllabus.bostes.nsw.edu.au/english/)
NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum: English K-10 Syllabus
Mathematics in the Diocese of Armidale provides opportunities for students to recognise the power of mathematical modelling and creative reasoning. Through inquiry and connectiveness, our students model their world, selecting and applying mathematical concepts to situations and problems as they arise. They are active learners in the Mathematics classroom, they take risks and learn from their mistakes. Students access appropriate technology to reinforce and enhance their understanding of the subject. They are appropriately challenged through a variety of learning experiences that develop and extend their skills and knowledge to work mathematically. Learning is differentiated to ensure equity to all members of the classroom without losing the integrity of the content. We support our students in making mathematical sense of their experiences within and outside the classroom.
The embedding of Core Catholic Principles and Values is explicit in the Mathematics learning and teaching activities, as it is in all other KLAs.
Science and Technology are integral to our lives and are an ever increasing field in today’s society. Students develop a sense of wonder and expand their natural curiosity about the world around them through their understanding, interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology. They need to be equipped with the skills necessary to make decisions based on valid and reliable sources. In our ever-changing world the role of Science and Technology, delivered in our schools through the NSW Board of Studies Syllabuses Science and Technology (K-6), Science (7 – 10) and Biology, Chemistry Physics and Senior Science (Year 11 -12), are of utmost importance. The Science curriculum is based on an inquiry model and involves students and teachers planning, performing and evaluating solutions to the big questions that effect our world.
The embedding of Core Catholic Principles and Values is explicit in the Science learning and teaching activities, as it is in all other KLAs.
CREATIVE ARTS Curriculum K -12
Schools in the Diocese of Armidale use contemporary learning approaches to provide vibrant and engaging learning opportunities for all students in the delivery of the NSW BOSTES Creative Arts Syllabuses. The Primary Creative Arts Syllabus consists of the four subject areas;
- Visual Arts
Creative Arts in the Secondary consists of six syllabuses;
- Photographic and Media
- Visual Arts
- Visual Design
The embedding of Core Catholic Principles and Values is explicit in the Creative Arts learning and teaching activities, as it is in all other KLAs.
Creative Arts provide students with the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of and appreciation for a diverse range of artistic expressions in history and culture. Vibrant and motivating learning and teaching activities encourage students to explore their own creative interests and talents. Students enjoy opportunities to experiment with and consolidate understandings and celebrate achievements through engaging with a range of artistic mediums and experiences.
Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) is now divided into two main disciplines – History and Geography. The study of both History and Geography in our schools provides opportunities to discover, explore and deepen our knowledge and understandings of our local, national and global story. They allow for meaningful discussions and experiences around the cross curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ histories and cultures and the Diocese of Armidale Core Catholic Principles and Values.
The development of digital technology over recent years has meant that the study of these subjects has changed markedly and students now find there is huge amounts of information, sources and tools at their fingertips.
In Stages 4, 5 and 6 students can choose to study a variety of different subjects under the HSIE umbrella.
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) at Armidale Catholic Schools provides the opportunity for young people to explore issues about the health and wellbeing of themselves and others, now and in the future. PDHPE contributes significantly to the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development of all students in our schools. It promotes the value of physical activity in their lives and provides opportunities to learn about, and practise ways of maintaining a healthy and active life. The social and emotional wellbeing of students is advocated by providing an environment that fosters resilience and inclusiveness. The Catholic understanding of the human person underpins the focus areas of PDHPE while being faithful to the legitimate expectations of parents, community, the Church and the students themselves.
TAS (Technology and Applied Studies)
Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) develops an understanding of design processes across a range of materials, tools and techniques. Thinking skills are developed experientially through the Technology course. Students use reflective, flexible and creative thinking skills to develop understanding of principles that can be transferred to a variety of projects and applications. Through a practical approach students develop, select and apply technological skills while learning to function safely in a working environment
Languages in our schools is inclusive of the learning needs of all students. The study of languages provides opportunities for students to become more accepting of diversity, more respectful of others and more aware of their place in the international community. Learning experiences are designed to support student diversity. Students can commence language study at any point along the K–8 continuum and with a range of prior language experiences which include either the language of the syllabus or a different language. They may have engaged with a language or languages in either formal or less formal contexts. At a local level, the Gamilaraay and Yuwalaraay languages are taught from Kindergarten to Year Six at St Joseph’s School Walgett.