Learning & Teaching

St Bernadette’s Primary is a community of learners. Learning is a lifelong process and we constantly review our programs to provide the highest quality learning and teaching opportunities.

We have a contemporary approach to learning based on leading educational research. Through the use of flexible learning spaces and teacher expertise, we are well-resourced to achieve the best outcomes for every child. The school design and adaptability of spaces make it easy to navigate through the school and are designed to engage students and maximise learning benefits.

Best practice teaching ensures that student data informs our decision-making and planning. We personalise learning for the diverse needs of each student, to ensure their learning success.

Professional learning for teachers is a high priority at St Bernadette's. By improving our instructional practice as teachers, we ensure that our skills, knowledge and strategies are current, evidence-based and produce student growth and gain.

As educators, we collaboratively plan and implement learning programs. Class teachers ensure that their teaching program follows the guidelines set by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), and covers all curriculum areas. In addition to Religious Education, the six key learning areas are mandated for primary schools and are specified in the NSW Education Reform Act (1990). They are:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment
  • Creative and Practical Arts
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.

A block of time is dedicated each day, to the teaching and learning of literacy. Our teachers use a wide variety of strategies that assist in the development of reading, writing, and talking and listening skills.

Numeracy is also a key focus for learning. We cater for this with a dedicated numeracy block, where children from Kindergarten to Year 6 are involved in mathematics learning made up of:

  • teacher modeling
  • open-ended tasks
  • student-directed learning and sharing.

Our school is part of the Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU) Project. It offers an invaluable and exciting opportunity for all staff members to continually develop their understanding of their students' learning in mathematics.

We look forward to this learning journey, in partnership with our parents and carers, over the coming years.