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Curriculum Areas


In all curriculum areas, St Joseph’s strives to provide students learning environments which are motivating, active and collaborative. Classrooms are inclusive places where students feel safe to take reasonable risks whilst acquiring the creative and critical thinking skills they need to participate fully in society as they grow and develop. We continually utilise technology to enhance learning, expand horizons and facilitate communication. Students at St Joseph’s study nine curriculum learning areas: Religion and the eight learning areas of the Western Australian Curriculum. When appropriate, the General Capabilities and Cross Curricula Priorities are addressed through individual curriculum areas. Student learning and progress is closely monitored and classroom programs are tailored to be directly effective in addressing needs.

Instructional Model

Teaching practice at St Joseph’s incorporates an explicit teaching model. When teachers adopt explicit teaching practices they clearly show students what to do and how to do it. The teacher decides on learning intentions and success criteria, makes them transparent to students, and demonstrates them by modelling. The teacher checks for understanding, and at the end of each lesson revisits what was covered and ties it all together.

Religious Education

Religious Education is foundational in our Catholic school and underpins our worldview. Students learn about the Catholic faith and traditions through the Catholic Education Western Australia “Units of Work”. This curriculum teaches concepts developmentally and sequentially.


In the English Learning Area, students learn about the English language: how it works and how to use it effectively. They develop an understanding of the ways in which language operates as a social process and how to use language in a variety of forms and situations. They learn to speak, listen, view, read and write effectively.


In the Mathematics Learning Area, students learn to use ideas about Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability. They learn to use mathematical ways of representing patterns and relationships, to describe, interpret and reason about their social and physical world. Mathematics plays a key role in the development of students’ numeracy, assists learning across the curriculum and provides foundations for future civic and recreational activities.


In the Science Learning Area students learn to investigate, understand and communicate about the biological, physical and technical world and value the processes that support life on our planet. Science helps students to become critical thinkers by encouraging them to use evidence to evaluate the use of science in society and its application in daily life. Students are encouraged to collaborate and think creatively as they make sense of the world.

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education provides students with an understanding of health issues and the skills needed for confident participation in sport and recreational activities. Participation enables students to make responsible decisions about health and physical activity, and to promote their own and others’ well-being, resilience and relationships.

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

The HASS Learning Area develops students’ understanding of how individuals and groups live together and interact with their environment. Students develop a respect for cultural heritage and a commitment to social justice, the democratic process and ecological sustainability. They develop the ability to ask questions, think critically, make informed decisions, propose solutions and communicate effectively.

The Arts

In The Arts Learning Area students develop creative skills, critical appreciation and knowledge of artistic techniques and technologies in drama, music and visual arts and combinations of arts forms. The Arts develop students’ sense of personal and cultural identity and equips them for lifelong involvement in, and the appreciation of the arts. Students have weekly lessons with specialist teachers in the Visual Arts and Music Learning Areas.

Languages Other Than English

In the Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Learning Area, students learn to communicate effectively in Indonesian. They gain an understanding of other societies, the ability to interact with people and cultures other than their own, and practical skills which they can use in future social, cultural and vocational areas.


In the Technology Learning Area, students apply knowledge, skills, experience and resources to develop solutions that are designed to meet the changing needs of individuals, societies and environments. In Design and Technologies, students become innovative, adaptable and reflective as they select and use appropriate materials and information to create solutions that consider the short and long-term impact on societies and environments. Through Digital Technologies students use computational thinking in class via personal or class iPads and during weekly computer lessons with a specialist teacher.


Students are given the opportunity to attend educational excursions each year. At St Joseph’s we recognise the importance of providing these learning experiences in the wider community to broaden and extend knowledge. Every endeavour is made to keep excursion costs to a minimum.


Homework is a reinforcement of work encountered in the classroom. It provides opportunity for children to practise and revise skills they have been learning. Homework also gives students the opportunity to develop home study skills.


  • To reinforce and extend the skills and content taught in the classroom;
  • To develop the child’s study skills including effective time management and organisation;
  • To encourage children to take responsibility for completing homework tasks.

Suggested Time Allocations

Year 1

15 minutes

Year 2,3

15 - 20 minutes

Year 4,5

30 - 40 minutes

Year 6

40 - 50 minutes

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