The Primary Years are a time of extensive and exciting academic growth. As our wonderful young children transition from Kindergarten through to Year 6, they move from being beginning readers to proficient readers; basic counters to capable mathematicians; and curious learners to insightful scientists and historians.

These early years are crucial in developing each child’s knowledge and understanding of the world and in providing them with valuable skills to be successful members of their community.

Academic success at RJ is encouraged within our warm and caring Christian environment. Each child is highly valued and their individual learning needs met through extensive classroom curriculum differentiation together with support and extension programs as required.

Our School follows the NSW Board of Studies guidelines to provide academic instruction in 6 Key Learning Areas. This Academic Program is presented from a Christian worldview.

  1. English — includes learning activities related to speaking and listening, reading and viewing, writing, and critical and reflective learning. Our School follows the successful "Ants in the Apple" program for instruction in Spelling. Students participate in formal opportunities in Public Speaking from Years 1–6.
  2. Mathematics — includes learning activities related to Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. All students from Years 1–6 also complete activities in the highly regarded "Mathletics" Program.
  3. Science and Technology — includes learning activities related to natural and made environments. Students are involved in questioning, investigating, designing, analysing and communicating.
  4. History and Geography — includes learning activities focusing on how things change and how things stay the same, studies of cultures, environments and social systems and networks. Students develop understanding of historical and geographical concepts and develop inquiry skills.
  5. Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) — includes learning about relationships, how we grow and change, safety, personal health choices and the benefits of an active lifestyle. Students participate in physical activities in dance and gymnastics, and engage in a variety of games and sports.
  6. Creative Arts — includes activities involving art, music, drama and dance. 
Additional Primary Academic Programs include:
  • Christian Living — formal instruction from the Bible helps students to better know God and his Creation, as well as the good news about Jesus. Christian Living lessons are complemented by weekly Primary Assemblies, in which a Bible theme is presented each Term.
  • Languages — from Year 1 students may receive instruction in a language other than English. Students in Years 1-6 currently learn Spanish.
  • Computer Technology — from Kindergarten, students receive targeted instruction in computer skills, computer programs, use of the Internet and the safe use of technology, including Cyber Safety programs.
  • Library — all K-6 students have weekly library lessons, promoting a love of reading, as well as learning valuable library and research skills. All students in K-6 participate in the Premier's Reading Challenge as part of their library experience.
  • Extension and Remediation Programs — these programs provide for more individualised instruction, either 1-1 or in small group settings within the classroom or in a more intensive withdrawal environment.