Welcome to The Australian Curriculum
Phase One of the Australian Curriculum is to be implemented by the end of 2013 in the Learning Areas of English, Mathematics, Science and History. Phase Two and Three subjects will be completed by the end of 2013 ready for familiarisation and/or implementation in 2014 – 2016. Professional Learning workshops and resources to assist Principals and Schools have been developed to support and resource schools. Further advice, support and resources will be added as Updates. This initiative is part of AISSA’s implementation strategy for the Australian Curriculum.
- Phase Two Subjects: Geography, Arts, Languages
- Phase Three Subjects: Health and Physical Education, Technologies, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business
Some useful websites have been added to assist teachers understand the processes and protocols involved in Moderation of student work samples.
Teaching and Learning Matrix
Teachers can adapt this matrix for use with any Australian Curriculum subject. It allows a “helicopter” view of the Australian Curriculum in any one year level.
Reflective Thinking Curriculum
A curriculum for Reflective Thinking (F-12) has been added to the Australian Curriculum section of the AISSA website. All reflective thinking strategies in the curriculum have been tried and tested by teachers and students over a period of three years. Recommendations of useful resources are provided.
For further information, please contact Janet Farrall, email@example.com
Audits for the General Capabilities
Audits that enable schools to audit the General Capabilities against their curricula have been placed in the Australian Curriculum section of the AISSA website. The audits are similar to the audits for Subject Learning Areas designed by AISSA in 2010.
www.ais.sa.edu.au/Teaching and Learning/ Australian Curriculum/Support and Resources/General Capabilities (for each of the seven General Capabilities)
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING WORKSHOPS
Janet Farrall, Senior Adviser, Australian Curriculum, and other AISSA Consultants are available to offer in-school advice and support on the implementation of the Australian Curriculum 2014. This assistance is free.
Professional Learning options available:
- Achievement Standards, Assessment Task Design and Moderation
- Assessing and Reporting against the Australian Curriculum
- Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking
- Learning and Teaching Unit Design
- Multi-age Classes
- Student Diversity, including Gifted and Talented students
- Teaching Geography F-10
- Teaching History F-10
- The General Capabilities
- Auditing the General Capabilities
Update December 2013
Australian Curriculum Work Samples Project
- ACARA has worked with schools across Australia to collect additional student work for English, Maths, Science and History at 3 levels - above, at and below satisfactory.
- By February 2014, ACARA will republish 132 portfolios
- There will be one portfolio of student work for the Arts, Civics & Citizenship, Economics & Business, Health and Physical Education and Technologies
- There will be no annotated portfolios against the Standards, A and E
- Planning for Languages is underway
- There will be three portfolios for each standard for Geography
- Work sample portfolios will be provided for the final year level where Achievement Standards are written in bands
ACARA work samples update 4/12/2013
In 2013 ACARA has again worked with teachers across Australia to collect student work samples. Approximately 2000 students and teachers from 80 different schools have been involved.
The work samples will be included in portfolios and published on the Australian Curriculum website to support teacher judgements about the quality of student work.
During 2013, ACARA curriculum officers visited schools and worked with teachers to develop quality assessment tasks that were aligned to the achievement standards in the Australian Curriculum in English, mathematics, history, science and geography.
Work samples collected this year demonstrate that teachers are embracing the Australian Curriculum. Student work has been collected in many different modes; for example, written samples, photographs, oral presentations, discussions and PowerPoint presentations.
The updated portfolios will be completed in early 2014 and made available on the Australian Curriculum website for teachers to view.
The student diversity materials relate to all students in all settings and provide advice on how the design of the Australian Curriculum may be used to personalise learning. The materials, first published in January 2013, have been revised and additional resources have been added. The materials now have more detailed advice for teachers working with students with gifts and talents.
Three groups have been identified in the advice materials: students with disability, gifted and talented students, and students for whom English is an additional language or dialect. These do not reflect homogenous groups of students, and teachers may draw from one or all sections when planning to meet individual learning needs.
Student diversity materials are located on the Australian Curriculum website.
Humanities and Social Sciences
ACARA has drafted a statement for this learning area consisting of History, Geography, Economics and Business, and Civics and Citizenship. The statement to be released soon identifies some commonalities in the organisation of the Humanities and Social Sciences subjects, contexts of study and skill sets
Work Studies Consultation
Please note that the draft Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9–10, is open for public consultation until Sunday 8 December 2013.
During this consultation period, 23 secondary schools across Australia will also be participating in intensive engagement with the draft Australian Curriculum: Work Studies, Years 9–10. Some initial feedback from these schools has indicated that there is much excitement surrounding this draft curriculum and its trialling in these schools.
The consultation period provides an opportunity for stakeholders to give feedback on the draft Australian Curriculum: Work Studies Years 9–10.
Participation by all stakeholders is encouraged in this important stage of the curriculum development process. Feedback can be provided on the Australian Curriculum consultation website.