Curriculum Overview

An overview of St John Vianney's curriculum can be found in the side headings which have been divided into the following key learning areas: 

  1. Religious Education
  2. English
  3. Mathematics
  4. Humanity & Social Sciences
  5. Science
  6. The Arts
  7. Language Other Than English(LOTE) - Italian
  8. Information Communication Technology inc BYOD
  9. Health and Physical Education




Religious Education


Religious Education is at the heart of Catholic education. It informs and influences all learning in the school and is integrated throughout the curriculum.

While recognising that not all students in our schools are members of the Catholic Church, we are committed to nurturing all children in our care within the Catholic Tradition. 

At SJV Religious Education is provided in many ways.

In the classroom, students follow the Religious Education Curriculum approved by the head of the church in their diocese. Our Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn follow the guidelines outlined in 'Treasures New and Old' and are based around the following strands: God and God's Creation, Jesus and Discipleship, Church in the World, and Prayer and Celebration.

'Treasures New and Old' endeavours to combine our Christian traditions with an awareness of 
contemporary needs and a faith-filled assurance for the future.

Religious Education is also undertaken as students participate in reflection days and retreats, in the liturgical and prayer, life of the school, and in community service activities and social justice programs.





The English curriculum is built around the three interrelated strands - Language, Literature and Literacy.  Our teaching and learning programs balance and integrate all three strands, focusing on developing, expanding and consolidating students’ skills in:

Phonics, Spelling and Grammer are important underlying skills that are taught in the junior years and continue throughout the senior years while students undertake complex and sophisticated texts.

Some examples of the activities and strategies we employ are: 





The Mathematics curriculum program is divided into the following strands:

Mathematical teaching uses a primarily ‘hands on’ approach, with children working with concrete materials on a daily basis. The Mathematics curriculum program focuses on developing increasingly sophisticated and refined mathematical understanding, fluencylogical reasoninganalytical thought and problem solving skills.



Humanity & Social Sciences


The Australian Curriculum area of Humanities and Social Sciences includes a study of history, geography, civics and citizenship, and economics and business.

At SJV, Humanity & Social Sciences(HaSS) will cover the study of human behaviour and interaction in a socialculturalenvironmentaleconomic and political context.  We deliver this with a historical and contemporary focus, looking at personal and global contexts and considering challenges for the future.


Through learning about HaSS students are taught how all the different factors can interrelate and develop the below abilities along the way.





The Science curriculum focuses on developing students’ interest in science and an appreciation of how science provides a means of exploring and understanding the changing world in which they live. It provides an understanding of scientific inquiry methods, a foundation of knowledge across the disciplines of science and develops an ability to communicate scientific understanding and use evidence to solve problems and make evidence-based decisions.

The strands of the Science curriculum are: Science UnderstandingScience Inquiry Skills and Science as Human Endeavour.

The six overarching ideas that frame the curriculum are:



The Arts


Through the Arts Program students develop intellectual, social, physical and aesthetic understanding and skills that assist them to create, explore and communicate ideas and appreciate a variety of art forms.

The Arts curriculum includes:

SJV has a specialist teacher who takes responsibility for the teaching of music, dance and drama.  Visual and Media Arts is taught and developed in many ways within the classroom, it is often integrated purposly into other curriculum. 
The skills and abilities that students develop in the Arts Program are regularly visable during Class Assembly, Litergies and at the end of year concert.



 Language Other Than English(LOTE) - Italian


Standard Italian or italiano standard is the official language of Italy, the Vatican, City, San Marino and parts of Switzerland.  It is also an official language of the European Union, and a major community language in many countries including Australia.

SJV have an Italian cultural and language program which is taught to all classes from Kindergarten to Year Six and follows the Australian Curriculum.  The students are taught Italian history, customs and the language.  SJV also incorporates this program into other school activities where possible and the students deliver prayers and celebrations in Italian throughout the year.



 Information Communication Technology inc BYOD


Technology is not a subject by itself but a learning tool that crosses all subject areas.  Students receive tuition in ICT skills and practice skills as an integrated component of the classroom program.

St John Vianney’s is committed to developing children’s ICT skills with a computer lab, computers in the junior and senior wings, Interactive Whiteboards, tablets and laptop computers for use by both teachers and students in every classroom.

SJV has implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) for students in Year 5 and 6.  BYOD is where students bring a personally owned (or family owned) agreed upon device to school for the purpose of learning.  Policy and Guidelines apply.



Health and Physical Education


The Health and Physical Education (HPE) curriculum is related to health and personal development, including protective behaviors and sun smart behaviors and comprises a Physical Education Program that teaches skill development and sports. The curriculum promotes the positive social, psychological and physical development of each student. Externally provided sport programs, whole school sporting events and professional coaching sessions complement the curriculum.

St John Vianney’s has a strong commitment to a sound sporting program. The children participate in weekly physical education lessons and several sporting clinics, run by sporting clubs, throughout the year. All children participate in school carnivals including annual cross country running, athletics and swimming. These events enable students to experience different levels of competition at school, inter school, Canberra district and, for the very talented, Australian level.

St John Vianney's will always encourage the students to participate in annual Soccer, and Netball and Touch Catholic Primary School Carnivals, aswell as team and individual weekend school sports.