Our Curriculum

Our Purpose

The main purpose of Fadden Primary School is to ensure that all students learn, and that they gain a permanent love of learning.

Mathematics and English Literacy are the heart of our schooling and are entitled to a substantial proportion of the time available for teaching:

English literacy: reading, writing, speaking and listening in English, including knowledge and skills in the use of the English language and experience of reading and producing a variety of literature and other texts in English. This area is fundamental to virtually all other learning.

Mathematics (including numeracy): knowledge and skills in core mathematical operations and understanding and using numerical concepts.

The curriculum at Fadden Primary School is also characterised by offering children experiences in the sciences, arts, sport and physical activity, community activities, and activities involving other languages and cultures. These activities are often the means for learning in the core areas and have a value in themselves as introductions to important areas of life.

Although the major enabling skills are literacy and numeracy. Students also gain learning skills, including an initial understanding of how they learn new skills and knowledge; thinking skills, including some experience of analysis, synthesis, problem solving in different domains, innovation and creativity; communication skills, involving an introduction to and experience in the characteristic forms of communication in different domains; self management skills in research, organisation of work tasks and time management; and skills in the use and application of information and communication technologies.

The primary years share responsibility for helping young people achieve personal development outcomes. During these years, children develop ethically, gaining an understanding of right and wrong and treating others with respect and fairness. They develop their beliefs and values, including an understanding of shared foundational values, the capacity to articulate personal values and acceptance of different values and beliefs. They enhance their personal and social responsibility, learning about managing and taking responsibility for their own behaviour and responding to the needs of others within a community. They learn to manage their health and safety, acting in ways which enhance personal health and safety and the safety of others.

During the primary years children also gain significant social capacities. They learn teamwork skills, involving the ability to work productively and harmoniously with individuals and groups. Children gain skills in working in organisations, including sufficient understanding of structure, processes and routines of schooling to be able to operate effectively in the school environment and within other community organisations. They also learn how to deal with conflict and disagreement and gain the capacity to seek solutions in difficult situations.