Learning Areas

Link to the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

Link to the NSW Education Standards Authority


English develops students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of English language and literature. It is based on an approach to language that describes the ways that people use language.

People use language for three main purposes:

  • to interact with others
  • to create and interpret texts
  • and to develop understandings about the world and ourselves.

This approach to language enables teachers and students to explore and analyse how language works in different contexts, including picture books, novels, newspapers, letters, conversations, speeches, plays, feature films, television programs, computer graphics,
CD-ROMs and advertisements.

Competence in English will enable students to: learn about themselves, their own and other cultures, to communicate their thoughts and feelings, to participate in society, to make informed decisions about personal and social issues, to analyse information and viewpoints and to use their imagination.


Mathematics is a skill required in everyday life, in many different situations, and is equally as important as literacy skills. There are three content strands of mathematics in the Mathematics Syllabus – Number and Algebra, Measurement and  Geometry and Statistics and Probability. Working Mathematically is integrated into the content strands.

All classes from K-6 use aspects of the Count Me in Too program. In this program there is greater emphasis on developing visualisation and mental strategies when solving mathematics problems.

Science and Technology

The Science and Technology program at Yarrawarrah assists students to understand themselves and the environment. Children are provided opportunities to develop through first–hand experiences, investigating, designing, solving and clarifying understandings in such units as Out in Space, Our Australia and What’s Alive?

Science Days and CSIRO visits are but a small part of our experiences. The Science curriculum is closely linked with Environmental studies. This develops awareness, knowledge and understandings of the environment, positive and balanced attitudes towards it and skills which will enable students to participate in determining and improving the quality of the environment.

Yarrawarrah is involved in many programs such as recycling materials, using solar power, water, power and resource conservation, care and appreciation of our school built environment and its natural fauna and flora. Children visit the Royal National Park, Botanic Gardens, Science Centres, Museums and Zoos.

Students celebrate and participate in the following events depending on the Science and Environmental topics being covered: World Environment Day, Water Week, Clean Up Australia Day, Arbor Day, Wattle Day, and Plant a Tree Day.

History, Geography – HSIE

In the new NSW Syllabus, the key learning area of Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) incorporates History and Geography. Students at Yarrawarrah Public School learn about Australia, its history and place in the world.

Each unit of study identifies the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes that students are expected to develop across all stages.

History is organised into content strands including:

  • Personal and Family Histories
  • First Contacts
  • The Australian Colonies
  • Australia as a Nation
  • Community and Remembrance

Geography is organised into content strands including:

  • People live in places
  • Features of places
  • Factors that shape places
  • A diverse and connected world

Many of the topics covered can be integrated into units of work in English, Science and Technology and Creative Arts in a cross-curricular approach. Students learn how to research topics using living sources, books and technology.

All Stage groups have organised excursions to support understanding in relevant units. Stage 1 experiences such places as Sutherland Hospital and the Zoo, and invite the fire brigade, ambulance and police to visit the school. Stage 2 enjoy an excursion to Kurnell to learn about British Colonisation and every second year Stage 3 visits Parliament House in Canberra.

Creative Arts

The Creative Arts Program covers the areas of Visual Arts, Music, Drama and Dance. It forms part of a K-12 continuum, providing foundational learning in the artforms that continues in the subjects of Visual Arts, Music, Dance and Drama in Years 7-12.

Children engage in learning experiences in all of these areas as part of their natural growth and development. These learning experiences contribute to the development of the whole child.

Learning in each of these art forms does not occur automatically. Regular learning experiences that are thoughtfully planned, sequenced and related are essential for developing student’s skills, knowledge and understanding in this Learning Area.

At our school the children are provided with wonderful learning experiences in the classroom and participate in local creative arts programs such as the Sutherland Shire Schools Music Festival.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

The Personal Development, Health and Physical Education syllabus is based on a broad notion of health that encompasses all aspects of an individual’s wellbeing, inclusive of social, mental, physical and spiritual health. It is concerned with developing in students the knowledge and understanding, skills, values and attitudes that will enable them to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
The school’s PDHPE programs also focus on encouraging students to make informed decisions related to health and physical activity and develop positive attitudes towards a healthy lifestyle.

In Personal Development, Health, Physical Education (PDHPE) K-6 students learn to understand, value and lead healthy, active and fulfilling lifestyles. They learn about:

  • active lifestyle
  • dance
  • games and sports
  • growth and development
  • gymnastics
  • interpersonal relationships
  • personal health choices
  • safe living