Learning Areas

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Religious Education

Being a Catholic School formed in the Dominican Tradition, the religious culture of Rosary School is the basis for all learning.

One part of this is the formal Religious Education Curriculum guided by Crossways, Catholic Education South Australia.

Crossways is a contemporary, Catholic framework which all teachers follow for the development of Religious Education curriculum at Rosary School.

The purpose of Religious Education is to deepen students’ understanding of the Catholic Tradition, to develop an appreciation of its significance in their lives, so that they may participate in the life of the Church and wider society. Religious Education at Rosary School supports the integration of faith, life and culture. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their faith and the Tradition to work towards social justice, ecological conversion and personal growth.

The Religious Education Framework, Crossways, explores the Catholic faith as a believing, living, celebrating and praying faith Tradition.

Made In the Image of God (MITIOG) provides a framework for 4 strands - Being Human, Being Moral, Being Connected and Being Sexual.

Religious Education

The Australian Curriculum

Rosary School Learning is based upon the Australian Curriculum.

General capabilities comprise one of the three dimensions of the Australian Curriculum. They encompass knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that, together with curriculum content in each learning area and the cross-curriculum priorities, assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century. They play a significant role in realising the goals set out in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA) 2008 that all young people in Australia should be supported to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.

The Australian Curriculum includes seven general capabilities:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology capability
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding
  • Intercultural understanding.

In the Australian Curriculum, general capabilities are addressed through the learning areas and are identified wherever they are developed or applied in content descriptions. They are also identified where they offer opportunities to add depth and richness to student learning in content elaborations.

The Australian Curriculum gives special attention to three cross-curriculum priorities:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability

The cross-curriculum priorities are embedded in the curriculum and will have a strong but varying presence depending on their relevance to each of the learning areas.

The Australian Curriculum is made up of 8 learning areas:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • The Arts
  • Technologies
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages

For more information about the Australian Curriculum, please see www.australiancurriculum.edu.au.

The General Capabilities are those skills that overarch our curriculum and are necessary to develop in children in order for them to become thriving people and capable learners.


The General Capabilities


The study of English provides students with essential literacy skills and knowledge in the areas of Language, Literature and Literacy.

It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. The English curriculum aims to assist students to learn to, listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on texts with accuracy, fluency and purpose. It aims to ensure students appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations. It is through the study of English that students learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and the world around them.

At Rosary, we have introduced a new writing program called 'Seven Steps for Writing'.  

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Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.

Mathematics aims to instill in students an appreciation of the elegance and power of mathematical reasoning. The curriculum focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated understanding, fluency, logical reasoning, analytical thinking and problem solving skills.


The Arts

The Arts aims to examine past, current and emerging arts practices in each art form across a range of cultures and places. The Arts (foundation to year 10) comprises five subjects: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts.

At Rosary School, Ground Force Performing Arts provide a quality dance and drama program for R-6 children.

We have a School Choir and a School Rock Band.

The Arts


Science provides students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world. Students are challenged to explore science, its concepts, nature and uses through clearly described inquiry processes. Science has three interrelated strands: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavor and Science Inquiry Skills. Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world.

Humanities and Social Sciences

Through studying Humanities and Social Sciences students will develop the ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change.

The Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises of four subjects: History, Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship. The Humanities and Social Science subjects provide a broad understanding of the world in which we live, and how people can participate as active and informed citizens with high-level skills needed for the 21st century.


Technologies aims to ensure that all students benefit from learning about and working with traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies that shape the world in which we live. Technologies describes two distinct but related subject: Design and Technologies, in which students use to design thinking

and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities, and Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions.

This learning area encourages students to apply their knowledge and practical skills and processes when using technologies and other resources to create innovative solutions.

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Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education aims to teach students how to enhance their own and others’ health, safety, wellbeing and physical activity participation in varied and changing contexts.

Integral to Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills, concepts and strategies to enable students to confidently, competently and creatively participate in a range of physical activities.

Health and Physical Education


Languages is designed to enable all students to engage in learning a language in addition to English. At Rosary School, students engage in learning the Italian language.

'Languages' is organised through two interrelated strands: Communicating - using language for communication purposes in interpreting, creating and exchanging meaning, and understanding - analysing language and culture as a resource for interpreting and creating meaning.

As Italian is widely spoken in Australia, many opportunities exist to hear and use the language in real-life situations, as well as in actual and virtual connections with Italian communications in Italy and beyond.