What Your Child Will Learn

Our Curriculum

At St Joseph School Barmera, students will have the opportunity to benefit from the most up to date teaching and learning practices associated with Version 9 the Australian Curriculum which provides a well-rounded education that equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in a rapidly changing world.


Students will gain a strong understanding of grammar, punctuation and spelling. They will learn to use language in a variety of contexts and develop their skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Students will also explore a range of texts and media and develop the ability to communicate effectively and confidently in different contexts.


Students will develop their numeracy skills, including the ability to solve problems and reason mathematically. They will become confident in using mathematical operations and strategies, as well as developing their understanding of the relationships between numbers and their conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts.


Students will explore the physical, chemical and biological properties of the world around them. They will learn to use scientific inquiry to investigate questions and to develop an understanding of the principles of scientific investigation. They will also learn about the conservation of energy and matter, and the importance of sustainable practices.


Students will explore the physical and human aspects of the Earth. They will learn to interpret maps, analyse spatial distributions, and interpret data. They will also gain an understanding of the way different cultures shape the world around us.


Students will develop an understanding of the past, including the development of cultures, societies, and civilisations. They will learn to use evidence to interpret the past and make connections between the past and the present.

Health and Physical Education

Students will learn to identify and manage risks to their health, safety and wellbeing. They will develop the physical skills and knowledge they need to participate in a range of activities and build a healthy lifestyle. They will also learn about nutrition, hygiene, and the importance of physical activity.

Crossways Curriculum

Crossways is a curriculum used in all Catholic schools in South Australia to teach and assess Religious Education.

It is based on the scriptures and traditions of the Catholic Church and provides a comprehensive approach to religious education that is tailored to the needs of students from Reception to Year 6.

Crossways offers an effective way to help students develop a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and its teachings and to become more active participants in the life of the church.

The curriculum is divided into six main components:

  • Wisdom
  • God, Us and Faith
  • Sacramentality and Prayer
  • Sacred Texts
  • Church for the World
  • Moral Life.