The Australian Curriculum describes the core knowledge, understanding, skills, general capabilities and cross curriculum priorities important for all R-10 Australian students to support 21st century learning.
Reception to Year 7 teachers plan, teach, assess and report (A-E or word equivalent) to parents using the Australian Curriculum (content and achievement standards) in English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences – History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship yrs 3-7 and Economics and Business yrs 5-7, The Arts, Technologies, Health and Physical Education and Languages – Italian.
The Australian Curriculum includes the General Capabilities of Literacy, Numeracy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding and Intercultural understanding. The Cross-curriculum Priorities are: Sustainability, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures.
Schools are able to decide how best to deliver the curriculum, drawing on integrated approaches where appropriate and using pedagogical approaches that take account of students’ needs, interests and the school and community context. Learning principles provided by the South Australian Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) Framework supports teachers in how to design teaching and learning. The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum is used by teachers as they design quality teaching and learning within the eight learning areas of the curriculum.
The Australian Curriculum achievement standards provide a basis for identifying current levels of student achievement, monitoring progress, providing feedback and measuring and reporting on performance. This ensures that assessment and reporting practices are explicitly centred on the improvement of student learning.
For more information: www.decd.sa.gov.au/teachingandlearning/