Catholic Education South Australia

Curriculum

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Our curriculum focuses on the academic, social and emotional development of every student and our learning programs are designed to develop students’ confidence, responsibility, resilience, knowledge, skills and capabilities relevant to our world both now and for the future.

Currently the school offers a contemporary teaching and learning program based on:

Specialist Curriculum areas that complement the curriculum taught at Saint David’s include Music, Italian and Physical Education. 

Our strong curriculum focus is reinforced by our school-wide focus on EDI (Explicit Direct Instruction) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Students are taught literacy using evidence-based methods to ensure all students succeed in this area. Students are explicitly taught to read and write using a multi-sensory, structured synthetic phonics approach. When teaching new concepts or skills, teachers use Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI). EDI is a research-based approach for creating and delivering well designed and well taught lessons. Our literacy program includes these 6 key areas: phonological awareness, phonics, oral language, fluency, vocabulary & comprehension.

We are continually developing our curriculum using national initiatives, system initiatives and priorities within the school itself. Our teachers continuously undertake their own professional learning opportunities, which they bring into their classrooms and ensure teaching is relevant and engaging for your child.