Curriculum: What is taught and what students learn
At Noorat Primary School the core curriculum currently includes English, Mathematics, History and Science from the Australian Curriculum.
The Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Australian students. The Australian Curriculum describes the learning entitlement of students as a foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community. It makes clear what all young Australians should learn as they progress through schooling. It is the foundation for high quality teaching to meet the needs of all Australian students.
The Australian Curriculum includes seven general capabilities:
• Information and communication Technology (ICT) capability
• Critical and creative thinking
• Personal and social capability
• Ethical behavior
The general capabilities encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviors and dispositions that, together with curriculum content in each learning area and the cross-curriculum priorities, will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.
The Australian Curriculum gives special attention to these three priorities:
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
• Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
An inclusive and differentiated curriculum will ensure that all students have the opportunity to progress to their full potential. Differentiated learning is a basis for effective teaching that involves providing students with different ways to learn at a level that challenges each student individually.
AusVELS is the curriculum that provides prescribed content and achievements standards which school are required to use to plan student learning programs and assess student progress.
Differentiated instruction looks at what the student needs to learn at a level they are ready for. This is achieved through ongoing assessment. Assessment of student learning can be measured by what a student can ‘Do, Say, Make or Write’.
Students vary in gender, culture, language, socioeconomic status, ability, personal interests and more. Teachers plan their curriculum to cater for these diversities in their classroom through assessment, different learning strategies, ideas and teaching materials so that all students can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability.
Differentiation in the classroom can be recognised in varies ways:
· using appropriate assessment, carefully monitoring student progress to inform teaching
· setting clear goals, including targets for achievement
· providing appropriate focused learning (with specific learning intentions) and teaching time
· organising student groups with like needs as appropriate
· developing individual learning plans (if required)
· selecting appropriate learning and teaching strategies
· providing various opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning
· providing students with opportunities to monitor and track their learning
Pedagogy: How we help students learn and how students are learning
Learning to Learn-We establish environments that foster learning conversations; encouraging children to self- evaluate, set goals and know the next step in their learning. Learning how to learn underpins our pedagogy.
· Gradual release of responsibility provides the framework enabling deliberate planning
· Effective teaching practice flows naturally within the framework
· GRR provides opportunity for explicit teaching, relevant to any key learning area