The Bidgee School

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The primary curriculum


Primary learning includes whole-class, group and individual activities designed to develop an inquiring mind and teach basic learning skills needed for schooling and later life.

Literacy and numeracy are the building blocks of learning and that is why English and mathematics take up half of students' learning time in primary school.

Kindergarten to Year 6 focuses on 6 key learning areas:
  • English
  • mathematics
  • science and technology
  • HSIE (human society and its environment)
  • PDHPE (personal development, health and physical education)
  • creative arts
  • languages.

Primary school in NSW follows a curriculum based on stages of learning. Each stage is approximately equivalent to two school years. For each learning stage there are skills, knowledge and a level of understanding that each student should develop.

Years 7 to 10 curriculum

Students in Year 7 are introduced to the eight key learning areas that they will study until Year 10.

Years 7 to 10 focuses on 8 key learning areas:
  • English 
  • human society and its environment 
  • languages 
  • mathematics 
  • PDHPE (personal development, health and physical education)
  • science 
  • creative arts 
  • technology.

Within these key learning areas there are courses and elective subjects. Mandatory courses in Years 7 to 10 are studied by all students in NSW public schools and are set by the Board of Studies.

Students choose from a range of elective courses that we offer depending on teacher expertise and the number of students interested in that subject. Information on elective courses is available in the Board of Studies syllabus course descriptions.

Students must meet the subject requirements in Years 7 to 10 to qualify for the school certificate in Year 10.


Record of School Achievement

The School Certificate is no longer being awarded.

From 2012, eligible students who leave school prior to receiving their higher school certificate will receive the NSW Record of School Achievement (RoSA).

The RoSA will:

  • be cumulative, showing a student's achievement until the time they leave school
  • be based on school-based assessment
  • be able to be reliably compared between students across NSW
  • give students the option of taking online literacy and numeracy tests
  • offer a means of recording extra-curricular achievements.

Find out more information about the NSW Record of School Achievement from the Board of Studies website.