St Patrick's College Strathfield

Curriculum

Year 5 serves as the ideal starting point for the St Patrick’s experience, allowing the College’s traditions and the ethos of Blessed Edmund Rice to flourish in our boys.

Our focus in the Primary School (Year 5 and 6) is to nurture a sense of belonging, establish a love of learning, and build relationships that will sustain our students throughout their College life.

We aim to forge strong ties to the school, teachers, and the peer group to help create the fine men of tomorrow, men of whom St Patrick’s can continue to be proud.

We draw from many feeder schools across the metropolitan area and caters for students of all abilities. In 2024, there will be seven classes in Years 5 and 6. All classes will be of mixed ability (other than one Year 6 extension class), embracing the comprehensive education that we offer and reflective of the inclusivity of our community.

Students are based in a set classroom with their own teacher. Classroom learning is enhanced through specialist teachers and facilities throughout the College for Visual Arts, Music, Personal Development/Health/Physical Education, Languages, and Library. Languages taught include French in Year 5 and Italian in Year 6.

There will be a Year Coordinator for each cohort who will also support the boys in their induction and development.

 

Sample year 5 and 6 Timetable
 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Period 1

English

English

English

English

English

Period 2

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics

Period 3

Year Meeting

PDH

French

French

English

Period 4

HSIE

Religion

PE

Science

Religion

Period 5

Library

English

English

HSIE

Science

 

Home Study 

Homework is a valuable part of schooling. It allows for practising, extending and consolidating work done in class. Homework provides training for students in planning and organising time and develops various skills in identifying and using information resources. Additionally, it establishes good habits of study. The College ensures that homework makes up part of a balanced lifestyle.

As a guide, the times for Home Study in Year 5 and 6, based on four times per week, should be:

Year 5   < 50 minutes
Year 6   < 60 minutes

 

Library 

The libraries at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield are central to enriching and supporting the teaching and learning programs of the College.

Our aim is to cultivate a life-long love of literature while developing students who are information literate and critical thinkers. We are proactive in developing information skills by integrating our programs with classroom learning activities. 

We offer a dynamic and diverse collection of print and online resources, which cater for a wide variety of interests and abilities.

Students can access these resources online at any time and via our two library spaces: the Westcourt Library (Primary School, Year 5 and 6) and the McGlade Library (Senior School).

Staff located in the two locations, work with students across all year levels and with all staff.

Our flexible learning spaces have been designed to support and encourage student-centred learning in a collaborative environment.

 

Homework Club

After-school Homework Club is available for all students Monday to Friday from 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM in the McGlade Library. No bookings are required, and teachers are available to assist with homework and/or student questions.