Australian Curriculum


OVERVIEW

The Australian Curriculum is designed to help students to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals. The curriculum is structured as foundation - Year 10 and recognizes the importance of disciplinary knowledge, skills and understanding alongside general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities.

Disciplinary knowledge, skills and understanding are described in the eight learning areas of the Australian Curriculum: English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts, Technologies and Languages. These areas not only give the student a broad base but encourage students to explore their passions and multiple disciplines for a cross disciplinary learning experience.

ENGLISH

The Australian Curriculum in English includes:

• The Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: English.

• The senior secondary subjects of English, English as an Additional Language or Dialect, Essential English and Literature.

The study of English is central to the learning and development of Students. It helps create confident communicators and imaginative thinkers, capable of handling any challenges of the modern world.

MATHEMATICS

The Australian Curriculum in Mathematics includes:

• The Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Mathematics.

• The senior secondary subjects of Essential Mathematics, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics.

The F-10 Australian Curriculum: Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.

SCIENCE

The Australian Curriculum in Science includes:

• The Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Science.

• The senior secondary subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science and Physics.

The F-10 Australian Curriculum: Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. It provides an understanding of scientific inquiry methods, a foundation of knowledge across the disciplines of science, and develops an ability to communicate scientific understanding and use evidence to solve problems and make evidence-based decisions. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE

The Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences includes five subjects. F-6/7 HASS. 7-10 Civics and Citizenship, 7-10 Economics and Business, 7-10 Geography and 7-10 History.

The Civics and Citizenship curriculum is all about ensuring students have the skills and values to become active and informed citizens. Students will investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in contemporary society.

The economics and business curriculum explores aspects of economics and business that affect daily life. Students will learn about the role that individuals, businesses and governments play in the economy, the way they make decisions about how to allocate resources and the effects of these decisions.

The Australian Curriculum in geography includes:

• The Years 7-10 Australian Curriculum: Geography

• The senior secondary Australian Curriculum: Geography

• The Years 7-10 Australian Curriculum: Geography provides opportunities for students to investigate, analyse and explain the characteristics of the places that make up our world.

The Australian Curriculum in History includes:

• The Years 7-10 Australian Curriculum: History

• The senior secondary Australian Curriculum: History

The Years 7-10 Australian Curriculum: Geography provides opportunities for students to investigate Australian and world history. Australian history is to be taught within a world history context. Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through their study of societies, events, movements and developments. There are opportunities to study the role of individuals and groups and their significance.

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