Primary School

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When I grow up, I’m going to be a scientist, sports star, teacher, astronaut, fireman, doctor, dinosaur … I want to be a superhero who will help people. At Blackfriars, we aim to instill in our boys the confidence to be all that but more importantly, to first have the confidence to be themselves.

The Blackfriars’ Primary School provides a nurturing, student-centred learning environment for the critical years of a child’s educational, emotional, physical and social development.

The Primary School buildings offer large learning spaces for active boys who need space to move, think and do. Framing a safe and sun-sheltered play area, the classrooms have an abundance of natural light, contemporary teaching equipment and access to laptop computers and smartboards in the classrooms. Class sizes are maintained to ensure our teachers can focus on individual student needs and employ strategies and educational models that motivate each boy to succeed in his own way.

The formal curriculum for Primary School is based on the Australian Curriculum, which focuses on building strong literacy, numeracy and technological skills. The Blackfriars Primary School curriculum complements this by concurrently nurturing a child’s social interaction skills; skills that contribute to self-confidence, courage and respect for the environment and the community, reflecting our Dominican ethos and values.

Specialist Teaching
Primary School students are also offered specialised subjects including Art, Music, Japanese and Physical Education with additional teacher support available in areas such as Learning Enrichment, Literacy, Numeracy and English as a Second Language. 

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Primary School Curriculum

R-6 Overview

  • Religion 
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  •  History and Geography
  • Health
  • Visual Art
  • Drama (integrated across curriculum)
  • Information and Communication Technologies (integrated across curriculum) 

Specialist Teaching and Support

  • Physical Education (Full year)
  • Japanese (Full year)
  • Music (Full year)
  • Visual Art (One Semester)
  • Teacher Librarian
  • Learning Enrichment
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Reading Recovery
  • English as a Second Language
Primary School Curriculum