Curriculum at Sacred Heart

At Sacred Heart we are committed to providing a high quality education for our students by focusing strongly on English, Mathematics and Religious Education, complemented by specialist curriculum and other quality programs.

Our engaging curriculum is guided the Victorian Curriculum. The Victorian Curriculum F-10 sets out what every Victorian student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The Victorian Curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship. We use the Victorian Curriculum to plan student learning programs, assess student progress and report to parents.

Our Religious Education is based on the Source of Life core documents which have been set for all schools in the Sandhurst Diocese.   In Religious Education we believe in and develop the knowledge that every child is important, valued and that all students have something special to contribute to life. Each child has the right to live happily and achieve fullness of life with God – and to grow and learn in a community where Christian values are taught and modelled daily.

The social and emotional wellbeing of all students is central to all that we do at Sacred Heart. Students develop a deep understanding of how to recognise, understand and manage a range of emotions and the importance of maintaining respectful relationships through the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program implemented at all year levels.

In addition to the eight learning areas, the four key capabilities of Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural, and Personal and Social permeate all areas of the curriculum. These key capabilities aim to foster the development of students who are critical and creative thinkers, confident and innovative, informed participants in their local and regional communities and who value their own culture and values, as well as those of others.

In English, the students focus on the three strands of Reading, Writing and Oral Language. This is done in a variety of ways, including planned small group and whole group learning tasks as well and individual and partner activities. Sacred Heart aims to cater for all students in their English journey in a supportive yet challenging environment.

In Mathematics, the students learn within three strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. In order for the students to acquire the skills needed in Mathematics, our classes are structured so that both whole and focus group teaching processes form the basis of our daily learning and teaching practice. Skills are taught to target groups within the class so the learning needs of individual students are met.

Students at Sacred Heart engage in specialist Art, Music and Italian programs. The Health and Physical Education program offered at Sacred Heart incorporates both individual and team based learning and participation opportunities. Athletics, Cross Country, Winter Team Sports and Swimming programs take place annually and classes participate in Health and Physical Education lessons individually and in units.

Learning in the area of Digital Technologies is applied across all curriculum areas and focusses on enabling students to confidently use digital platforms and applications to design, create and communicate intended outcomes. Students learn about and are expected to consistently apply safe, ethical and respectful communications when working with ICT.

Our Integrated Curriculum, comprising of The Humanities, Technology and Science, is based around the concept of Inquiry Learning. This process relies heavily on the students’ own insights into what the topic is, and allows them to nominate what they want to learn about a given topic. Students progressively develop an understanding of thinking processes that enable them to be logical, strategic, flexible and adventurous thinkers.