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Key Learning Areas

The academic program at St Francis of Assisi is based upon the syllabuses of the New South Wales Board of Studies.  The Religious Education Program is based upon the curriculum of the Diocese of Wollongong as approved by Bishop Ingham.

Specific programs of learning are undertaken in the following Key Learning Areas:

  • Religious Education
  • English (Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening)
  • Mathematics (Number, Patterns and Algebra, Data, Measurement, Space and Geometry)
  • Science and Technology
  • History and Geography
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
  • Creative Arts (Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama)

Each KLA Syllabus is structured around a set of learning outcomes.  Outcomes state the learning (knowledge, understanding, skills and values) that students should acquire.  Teachers' programs are outcomes-based, as is their assessment.


English is the Key Learning Area where students develop knowledge skills and understandings about English language and literature.  The outcomes and content in the English K-6 Syllabus are organised in three strands:

  • Talking and Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

The outcomes describe the knowledge, skills, understandings and strategies that students demonstrate when learning to talk, listen, read and write.  They also specify the knowledge and understandings students develop when learning about talking, listening, reading and writing.  These outcomes are achieved as students engage with the content of the syllabus.

The aim of the school's English program is to develop competence in the uses of language, and to encourage positive attitudes towards learning English, to develop students' ability in using language effectively and to enable critical reflection on how language works.  Students are guided in

  • developing competence in learning and using language in a broad range of context
  • developing knowledge about the varieties and pattern of language use
  • using language to learn in all areas of the curriculum 


Mathematics involves the development of students’ thinking, understanding, competence and confidence in the application of Mathematics, their creativity, enjoyment and appreciation of the subject and their engagement in life long learning.

The five broad strands of Mathematics are

  • Working Mathematically
  • Number, Patterns and Algebra
  • Measurement & Data
  • Space & Geometry


Science and Technology is the learning area in which all students learn about the natural and made environments by investigating, by designing and making and by using technology.  Learning in Science and Technology will draw on and contribute to learning related to the other five Key Learning Areas.

Technology is concerned with the purposeful and creative use of resources in an effort to meet perceived needs or goals.  It extends beyond the tools and technical inventions of a society and involves the application of human skills, knowledge, techniques and processes to expressive and practical problem-solving situations in all aspects of human life.

The four broad strands of Science and Technology are:

  • Investigating Scientifically
  • Designing and Making
  • The Natural Environment
  • The Made Environment


In History and Geography, students' enhanced sense of personal, local community, national and global identity enables them to participate effectively in maintaining and improving the quality of their society and physical environment.

The four broad strands of HSIE are:

  • Change & Continuity
  • Cultures
  • Environments
  • Social Systems & Structures


Creative Arts enables students to gain increasing understanding and accomplishment in:

  • visual arts
  • music
  • drama
  • dance

and for students to appreciate the meanings and values that each of the artforms offer personally, culturally and as forms of communication.


The school’s PD/HEALTH/PE program aims to develop in each student the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to understand, value and lead healthy and fulfilling lives. In doing so, the syllabus will form the basis for students to adopt a responsible and productive role in society.

This aim will be achieved by developing in each student self-esteem, social responsibility and 
well-being; movement skill and personal fitness; the ability to make informed health and lifestyle decisions.

There are eight content strands:

  • Growth and Development               
  • Interpersonal Relationships          
  • Personal Health Choices                         
  • Safe Living
  • Fitness and Lifestyle
  • Games and Sport Skills
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance    




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95 Flagstaff Road Warrawong NSW 2502
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