Curriculum Overview


The Curriculum offered at Holy Name Primary School is designed to enhance the students in all areas of their learning journey. We strive to have students take an active part in their own learning through developing strong personal skills that develop their management capabilities. Embedded throughout the curriculum are the skills of cooperation, problem solving, innovation, self-direction and the capacity to relate to others and manage change.

Holy Name Primary School’s curriculum encompasses a range of Contemporary processes. We are aiming for our students to become 21st Century Learners, engaged in the world that we live in and seeing their learning as important for them to develop understandings about themselves and how they learn. We believe our students should be supported to construct their own deep understanding by building on their current knowledge and making connections through conceptualizing, reflecting and analyzing. This is a continual process where the students are engaged in their own learning across all Learning Domains. Students are continually setting goals for their own learning and reflecting on these, therefore creating a personalized learning environment in each classroom, where each students needs are met.

Students and teachers have a mutual respect for each other. The learning environment at Holy Name Primary School is one that is safe, orderly and positive, allowing for students to be engaged in a range of experiences.

Our curriculum is based on the Victorian Curriculum F – 10 as developed by the Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority. This sets out  what every student  should learn during their first eleven years of schooling The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards

We endeavour to foster the potential of every student through a range of specialist, support and extension programs. Specialist teachers are employed in the areas of Italian, Physical Education, Visual Art and the Performing Arts. We also have an Interactive Learning Centre, where students work developing their interpersonal and personal learning skills in a range of areas.


Term 1, 2019 Curriculum Overviews


The staff at Holy Name Primary School are dedicated to designing a curriculum that encourages, engages and inspires every one of our students to achieve their personal best.

Below please find links to each Year Level’s curriculum overview. Each one summarises the learning that will take place throughout the term in all subject areas including our specialist subjects.

Curriculum News


Curriculum News & Information for Term 1, 2019

The staff at Holy Name Primary School are dedicated to designing a curriculum that encourages, engages and inspires every one of our students to achieve their personal best. On this page you will find links to each Year Level’s curriculum overview. Each one summarises the learning that will take place throughout the term in all subject areas including our specialist subjects.

Please click on each year’s image to read.

Curriculum Overview


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Year One

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Year Two

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Year Three

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Year Four

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Year Five

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Year Six

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Education in Faith


An integral part of the daily life of Holy Name Primary School is the Religious Education of our students.

Religious Education is however more than a formal curriculum area; the message of Jesus and the search for wisdom and knowledge of God permeates everything we do at Holy Name Primary School.

This is evidenced by the three interdependent spheres of school life that form the student’s education in Faith.

The first of these are the formal Religious Education classes in which students explore and come to a greater understanding of the traditions, beliefs and corresponding actions that form the basis of a Catholic way of life.

The second of these areas is found in the liturgical life of the school. Participation in prayer, the sacraments and other forms of liturgy are an opportunity for students to celebrate their faith and represent our school as a place of vibrant worship. Class masses are celebrated during the term, and parents are also invited to attend.

The third area is concerned with students trying to live their lives according to the values their faith espouses.

It is acknowledged that the role of parents in the Religious Education of their children is more significant than in other curriculum areas. In fact parents hold the major responsibility for the education in faith of their children whilst the school supports them and their life of faith within the parish context.

The Religious Education curriculum from Year Prep to Year Two is founded upon the Good Shepherd model and utilizes the experience of Godly Play. The telling of stories accompanied by visual aids allows the students to come to know Jesus Christ through the stories in the New Testament. The students are encouraged to reflect upon the stories with wonderings and then explore parts of these stories that have significance for them.

The Religious Education curriculum from Year Three to Six is presented on the premise that students use the three dimensions of the enquiry process to gather information. This includes the process of:

* gaining knowledge and understanding of Catholic traditions, beliefs and practices

* reasoning and responding that lead to particular ways of thinking and responding

* personal and communal engagement in spiritual life,

This is a sequential process but also invites reflection upon, and the revisiting of previous dimensions, to consolidate and further develop understandings and to challenge previously formed thoughts.

The Sacramental program is an integral part of the school’s Religious Education Program. These celebrations are an overt sign of the school’s vibrant worship.

Students make their First Reconciliation in Year Three, First Communion in Year Four and Confirmation in Year Six.


Sacramental Program


All year levels build on the student’s journey of faith ~ the following year levels celebrate the Sacrament:

  • Year 6 – Confirmation
  • Year 4 – First Eucharist
  • Year 3 – Penance

Families of the following year levels are invited to attend meetings which allow for reflection, sharing and learning for their own faith journeys.

  • Prep – Preps in Pyjamas – a session which helps parents understand the ways they can journey with their child and provide opportunities for prayer.
  • Three – a workshop on the Sacrament of Penance and journey through the opportunities of forgiveness which begins with the family.
  • Four – a workshop that focuses on the Eucharist
  • Six – a workshop that explores the Holy Spirit at work
  • Six – pre and post Confirmation Home Meetings which invites small groups of the candidates and their families preparing to celebrate Confirmation.

School Prayer


We are happy and proud to belong to Holy Name School.

Bless our Parish Priest, Staff, Parents and Families.

Help us to do our best at school and to do what is right.

May we show kindness and respect to each other,

and may we be good and true friends to one another.

Then Holy Name will continue to be a happy place

where we can live and grow in your love.




At Holy Name school our aim is to develop independent, responsible learners who are self-motivated and engaged in their literacy learning journey.

We …

  • provide learning and teaching opportunities to meet the individual needs of students
  • build and maintain a positive partnership between home and school to support ongoing student learning
  • provide rich learning experiences to develop life-long learners
  • closely monitor and assess students to inform and plan for student’s needs



When teaching English at Holy Name the emphasis is on raising the standards of each and every individual student. Our intention is to personalise their learning path so they feel engaged as a learner and challenged to succeed, in order to become high achievers, both at school and in their future years.

Our literacy focus for Prep-2 is all about laying the foundations for the development of student’s literacy knowledge. In Years 3 -4 we build on that foundational knowledge and in Years 5-6 our aim is to consolidate and extend student’s knowledge.



Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart, by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by age eight.

(Mem Fox, Reading Magic.)


Great Maths Resources For Parents!

Please find below a link to some great, easy to use help sheets from the School A to Z website.

This is a fantastic resource for parents who need some support in any Maths concepts that might be covered at school:


The below video link explains some modern methods for Maths teaching:


Quotes about current research relating to parent/child engagement in Maths:
“Research has shown that the more parents and children talk to each other, the better students achieve. Furthermore, parents can be instrumental in their child’s learning by being a good role model.”
– O’Hagan (2015)
“While research supports the notion that parental engagement may positively impact student academic attainment, there is an important distinction between involving parents in schooling and engaging parents in learning; it is the latter that has shown to have the greatest positive impact. While involving parents in school activities may have an important community and social function, the key to facilitating positive change in a child’s academic attainment is the engagement of parents in learning outcomes in the home.”
– Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau (2012)
International research has shown that parental engagement (of various kinds) has a positive impact on many indicators of student achievement, including:
higher grades and test scores,
enrolment in higher level programs and advanced classes,
higher successful completion of classes,
lower drop-out rates,
higher graduation rates, and
a greater likelihood of commencing postsecondary education.
– Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau (2012)
Beyond educational achievement, parental engagement is associated with various indicators of student development. These include:
more regular school attendance,
better social skills,
improved behaviour,
better adaptation to school,
increased social capital,
a greater sense of personal competence and efficacy for learning, 9
greater engagement in school work, and
a stronger belief in the importance of education
– Family-School & Community Partnerships Bureau (2012)
“Key findings of an Australian study into using game-based learning included:
Improved student learning outcomes,
100% teachers reported that games had improved student learning,
83% of students reported that the games helped their learning,
94% of students reported that games-based learning was more enjoyable than traditional modes of mathematics instruction,
Teachers reported enhanced student confidence which may lead to greater engagement and motivation, and
Instant feedback contributed directly to a more transparent learning process.”
– Vander Ark (2013)

Mathematics has beauty and romance.

It’s not a boring place to be, the mathematical world.

It’s an extraordinary place; it’s worth spending time there..

– Marcus du Sautoy


The Arts

At Holy Name The Arts enables students to develop their creative and expressive capacities. Learning in the Arts leads students to become increasingly confident and proficient in achieving their personal forms of expression, appreciating and valuing that of others. In the Arts students explore the world of visual representation and expression.

Weekly specialist Visual Arts and Performing Arts lessons occur at all levels of the school. The Arts Program covers the history of Art, Art appreciation and skill development in creating, making and presenting. The Arts Program includes a bi-annual whole school musical production and an Art Show of the students’ work.

Each Arts discipline incorporates two interrelated principles:
• Students learn as artist and viewer/audience
• Students learn through making, responding and performing.

Student Wellbeing


At Holy Name School we are committed to encouraging each person in our community to explore their full potential. We acknowledge that people work and interact more effectively if they are happy, secure and stimulated.

Children are given opportunities to develop skills which promote resilience, problem solving and the ability to make good choices. We encourage empathy towards the feelings of others and respect for the rights of all. We help our children to use the life skill of setting and reflecting on goals for themselves to promote self-awareness.

Some of the ways Student Wellbeing is addressed are:

Prevention – promoting health and building belonging

  • open and safe playground
  • children’s participation in school life – school leaders, choir, outdoor education program
  • whole school recognition of positive behaviour
  • Streets Ahead Program
  • Young Ambassadors Program in conjunction with SCOPE Victoria for Years 5 & 6
  • Buddy Program

Early Intervention – strengthening coping and reducing risk

  • Individual Learning Plans
  • BounceBack ! Program
  • School nurse visits

Intervention – accessing support and providing treatment

  • Referrals to specialists e.g. Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Educational Psychologists
  • School Counsellor
  • Behaviour Management plans

Recovery – restoring positive relationships

  • Monitoring of children with special needs
  • Awards and acknowledgement of effort and achievement



All students at Holy Name Primary School have access to a variety of technological and contemporary tools to develop their knowledge and support their learning

Technology is an integral and exciting part of the school curriculum. At Holy Name Primary School we strive to integrate this throughout all aspects of our student’s learning. The use of iMAC computers, iPads and various robotics technologies are some examples of how we aim to encourage students to become effective producers, consumers and communicators of information. The school also has a weekly lunch time ‘Coding Club’ which is facilitated by teachers and provides students with the opportunity to experiment, collaborate and problem solve through the use of Bloxels EDU and Sphero Edu programs. We have recently purchased a class set of twenty BBC Micro:bit: go bundle’s which are the newest and easiest way to learn coding, programming and electronics. We are excited about the endless possibilities this  micro computer will be used for, by our students.

All students, across all year levels, have the opportunity to use technology in the class room on a daily basis using Google apps for Education, as well as other online educational programs.

* Prep – Year 1: ipad trolley and computer stations in classroom.CodingClub12018

* Year 2: Chrome books

* Years 3 – 6: ipad program

Prior to using any form of technology, students and their parents are required to sign an Internet Usage Agreement  which outlines the school’s expectations of students whilst accessing the internet.


At Holy Name School, all students from Prep to Year 6 have the opportunity to study Italian, as a LOTE (Language other than English) Specialist Subject.

Learning another language, in addition to English, extends a student’s literacy repertoire and their capacity to communicate. It strengthens a student’s understanding of the nature of language and the processes of communication, not just in their new language but also in English. Learning languages broadens students’ horizons in an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. It develops intercultural capability, including understanding of and respect for diversity and differences and an openness to different experiences and perspectives.

All students have regular Lote classes. We are very fortunate to have a dedicated LOTE classroom, which is well equipped with resources to create a stimulating vocab-filled learning environment.

During LOTE classes, students actively participate in interactive dialogue through classroom routines, greetings, songs, games and shared activities to familiarise themselves with frequently used Italian words and simple phrases. The program also aims to extend their speaking skills using oral strategies, such as repetition, choral reading and repeating correct pronunciation associated with written words. Using familiar language and structures, students also create short written texts and role-plays related to the topics being studied. All students are encouraged to use as much Italian as possible when sharing ideas and working with each other.
Units of work are developed around themselves, their family, friends, school life, day to day life, hobbies, interests, basic concepts and cultural topics.

Through their immersion in a LOTE, students notice similarities and differences in the patterns of the Italian language compared to English and other familiar languages. They increasingly notice the many similarities and differences that exit between the Italian and Australian cultural practices. The LOTE program extends the students’ understanding of themselves, their own heritage, values, beliefs, culture and identity. Together students learn to recognize, appreciate and respect these cultural differences as they grow in their understanding of each other.

We celebrate an Italian Day annually, which acknowledges our learning of Italian and the Italian Culture, but also encourages the celebration of the many cultures we have at our school. On this day the children are engaged in fun, engaging, learning activities, including an Italian incursion, enjoying Italian food, dressing up in Italian clothes and other Italian cultural experiences.