Ulladulla Public School

Student Centred, Progress Driven, Supportive, Excellence For All

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Learning at our school

Find out more about what your child will learn at our school.

The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is responsible for the curriculum, Kindergarten to Year 12, for all NSW schools.

For the primary years, NESA develops syllabuses for all subjects in 6 key learning areas:

  • creative arts
  • English
  • human society and its environment (HSIE)
  • mathematics
  • personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE)
  • science and technology.

Some primary schools may also offer languages.

NSW schools also offer special religious education and special education in ethics via approved providers, where available.

Like all NSW schools, we have developed teaching and learning programs to suit our local context and the needs of our students.

To learn more about curriculum in NSW, visit:

Stages of learning

There are 6 stages of learning from Kindergarten to Year 12. Primary school covers Early Stage 1, or Kindergarten, to the end of Stage 3.

  • Stage 1 includes Kindergarten to Year 2 (Kindergarten is referred to as Early Stage 1).
  • Stage 2 includes Years 3 and 4.
  • Stage 3 includes Years 5 and 6.

Composite classes

Composite classes, also known as multi-age or mixed-age classes, are classrooms where students from different grade levels are combined into one group. This approach is often taken due to various factors, such as enrolment numbers, teacher availability, and educational philosophy.

Here are some key points to consider regarding composite classes:

Meeting Student Needs: One of the primary considerations when forming composite classes is ensuring that the diverse needs of all students are met. Teachers strive to create an inclusive learning environment where each child can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

Differentiated Instruction and Learning: All classes, including composite classes, differentiate learning to cater to the varying academic abilities and learning styles of students. Teachers tailor their instruction to meet the individual needs of each student, ensuring that every child has access to the curriculum at their appropriate level.

Curriculum Level Instruction: Despite being in composite classes, students are still taught at the curriculum level appropriate for their grade. Teachers ensure that all students have access to the content and skills outlined in the curriculum standards for their respective grade levels.

Peer Learning Opportunities: Composite classes provide unique opportunities for peer learning and collaboration. Older students can serve as mentors and role models for younger ones, fostering a sense of responsibility and leadership among them.

Parent Involvement: Parents play a crucial role in supporting their child's learning in composite classes. By maintaining open communication with teachers, staying informed about classroom activities, and actively engaging in their child's education, parents can contribute to their child's academic success and overall well-being.

At our school, we carefully consider the unique needs of each student and strive to create learning environments that foster growth, collaboration, and success. If you have any questions or concerns about composite classes or your child's educational experience, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We value your partnership and are here to support you every step of the way.