Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills, and general capabilities and cross curricular priorities important for all Australian students.

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Learning Areas

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Humanities and Social Sciences – History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship (Year 3 onwards), Economics and Business (Year 5 onwards), Inquiry and Skills
  • The Arts – Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts
  • Technologies – Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Languages – Italian

General Capabilities

The General Capabilities encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions to equip young Australians to live and work successfully in the 21st century. Successful learners are confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Intercultural Understanding

These general capabilities inform Thorndon Park Primary School’s Student Graduate Qualities:

  • Literate and Numerate learner who understands how Mathematics and English apply in real world situations, uses communication skills to confidently ask questions and solve problems
  • Critical and Creative learner who seeks new possibilities and tries new ideas, uses imagination to solve problems, evaluates, reflects and reviews learning and critically reflects on information
  • Confident user of Technologies uses a range of digital tools responsibly to communicate, research, create and present to others locally and globally
  • Learner who demonstrates personal and social capability is able to work independently and successfully with others and shows empathy, leadership skills, manages their emotions and is resilient
  • An ethical learner is aware of their responsibilities and rights and enacts the school values, seeks to understand issues and respects other people’s views when making decisions
  • Learner who demonstrates intercultural understanding is respectful to other cultures, treats everyone fairly and equally and connects to others by embracing diversity

Cross-curriculum priorities

These priorities enrich the curriculum through developing knowledge, understanding and skills relating to:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability

Student Diversity

The Australian Curriculum promotes equity and excellence and supports all learners to become successful confident and creative learners. Teachers implement the Australian Curriculum to meet the diverse learning needs of students through personalised learning. Teachers design learning tasks to build on students’ interests, strengths, goals and learning needs to address the cognitive, affective, physical, social and aesthetic needs of all students.

Page Last Updated: 28/02/2018