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1 Shape of the Australian Curriculum December 2010

2 The Australian Curriculum sets what all students are to be taught (content) and the quality of learning expected by years or bands of schooling (achievement standards) affirms the central importance of discipline-based knowledge and skills as well as general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities 1 A curriculum for all young Australians A world-class curriculum for the 21 st century

3 Aims The Australian Curriculum aims to: o help to ensure all young Australians are equipped with the skills, knowledge and capabilities that provide a foundation for successful and lifelong learning and participation in the Australian community o make clear to teachers what is to be taught across the years of schooling o make clear to students what they should learn and the quality of the learning expected of them 2

4 Catering for the diversity of students There is flexibility for teachers to shape classroom programs to take into account: –the different rates at which students develop –the diverse range of learning needs in the class Schools and teachers will continue to apply their professional judgment about how to best reflect local and regional circumstances, educational philosophies and learning environments 3 Diversity of learners

5 Students with special education needs Most students with special education needs can engage with the Foundation to Year 10 curriculum content provided age-appropriate adjustments are made to content, complexity and pace of the curriculum and/or pedagogical approach For students not able to access the Foundation to Year 10 curriculum, even with adjustments, ACARA is developing additional curriculum content and achievement standards 4

6 Students for whom English is another language or dialect (EAL/D) Development of statements for inclusion in each learning area which describe who EAL/D learners are and the language requirements of the learning area Identification of the language, literacy and skills demands in the curriculum to address specific needs of EAL/D learners ACARA will continue to work with jurisdictions in provision of further advice and guidance 5

7 Australian Curriculum Development There are four stages in the development of the Australian Curriculum: 1.Curriculum shaping 2.Curriculum writing 3.Implementation 4.Evaluation and review 6

8 Australian Curriculum Development Phase 2 development Design Paper Shape Papers Phase 1 development Phase 3 development Australian Curriculum development timelines

9 Development of the Learning Areas 8 Learning areasTimeline English Mathematics Science Humanities and social sciences History Geography Economics, Business, Civics and citizenship The arts Languages Health and physical education Design and the technologies

10 Shape of the Australian Curriculum v2.0 provides a context for the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history and guides the next stage of curriculum development describes what has been agreed about the structure and development of the Australian Curriculum will be progressively revised to reflect the ongoing development of the Australian Curriculum available at 9

11 There are three core areas of the Australian Curriculum: o Learning areas (content descriptions and achievement standards) o General capabilities o Cross-curriculum priorities 10 Shape of the curriculum Structure of the Australian Curriculum

12 Curriculum content Foundation to Year 10 Rationale and aims o outline the purpose and structure of the learning area Content descriptions o core knowledge, understandings and skills – what students will be taught o accompanied by content elaborations that illustrate and exemplify content Achievement standards o describe the quality of learning typically expected of students o accompanied by work samples that illustrate and exemplify 11

13 Teaching time allocations The Australian Curriculum is designed to be taught within the overall teaching time and resources available to teachers and students School systems, sectors and schools determine time and other resource allocations for delivery of curriculum 12

14 General capabilities The general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum are: o Literacy o Numeracy o Information and Communication Technology competence o Critical and creative thinking o Ethical behaviour o Personal and social competence o Intercultural understanding The general capabilities are incorporated into learning area content in ways that are appropriate to each learning area 13 General capabilities

15 Cross-curriculum priorities Three cross-curriculum priorities: o Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures o Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia o Sustainability The cross-curriculum priorities are embedded in all learning areas as appropriate They are designed to support relevance and address contemporary issues 14 Cross-curriculum priorities

16 Assessment and Reporting The Australian Curriculum achievement standards provide a basis for assessment and reporting ACARA is working with states and territories towards a nationally-consistent approach to reporting States and territories will continue to determine assessment and reporting approaches until there is a nationally-consistent approach 15

17 Senior secondary courses ACARA is responsible for developing curriculum content and achievement standards for certain senior secondary courses (currently English, mathematics, science and history courses are under development) States and territories will continue to offer subjects that do not overlap significantly with the Australian Curriculum subjects The list of Australian Curriculum courses may grow in time if there is national agreement Curriculum, assessment and certification authorities will be responsible for determining the assessment, certification and quality assurance requirements of Australian Curriculum courses

18 Recognition of Alternative Curricula Until a national recognition process for alternative curricula is developed by ACARA and agreed by education ministers, schools that offer well established alternative curricula, such as Steiner, Montessori and International Baccalaureate, will continue to have their curriculum approved under state and territory registration arrangements 17

19 Quality assurance and review The Australian Curriculum has been established on a strong evidence base, including what works in professional practice The Australian Curriculum will continue to be benchmarked against the curricula of countries leading the world in excellence and performance The Australian Curriculum will be subject to evaluation and validation during initial implementation 18

20 The Foundation to Year 10 learning areas

21 English Foundation to Year 10 Three interrelated strands (Language, Literature, Literacy) Each strand focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening Teaching of literature in primary years Grammar focus from Foundation to Year English (F-10)

22 Mathematics Foundation to Year 10 Organised around three content strands (Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, Statistics and Probability) Content descriptions are grouped into sub-strands to illustrate sequence and development of concepts in each strand The proficiencies are incorporated into the three strands (Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning) 21 Mathematics (F-10)

23 Science Foundation to Year 10 Three interrelated strands (Science understanding, Science as a human endeavour, Science inquiry skills) Focus on inquiry-based approaches Development of key science concepts from Foundation to Year 10 that relate to contemporary applications of science Overarching ideas that represent key aspects of science 22 Science (F-10)

24 History Foundation to Year 10 Two interrelated strands: historical knowledge and understanding; historical skills A world history approach – personal/family to world A focus on historical inquiry Overviews and depth studies A focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia 23 History (F-10)

25 Consultation and revision process 24

26 Consultation process ACARA manages the consultation process that informs Australian Curriculum shaping and writing All members of the community are encouraged to engage in the consultation process via the Australian Curriculum website (click on ‘Consultation’) This website provides key information about what is open for consultation and how and when feedback can be provided As they become available, reports of consultation activities will be published on the website 25 Providing feedback on the Australian Curriculum

27 Consultation occurs on: 26 1.Initial Advice Paper 2.Draft Shape Paper 3.Final Shape Paper 4.Draft curriculum outline 5.Draft curriculum 6.Responses to major feedback 7.Revised curriculum 8.Penultimate/final curriculum

28 Consultation processes 27 State/territory consultation forums (teachers, academics, authorities, associations) National panel meetings (“experts” – teachers, academics, authorities, associations) Meetings with state and territory authorities and major professional associations Web surveys and written submissions Participation of trial schools and teachers Critical readers and reviewers

29 Australian Curriculum website & digital resources

30 Digital curriculum and resources The Australian Curriculum is published online ( ACARA has worked with Education Services Australia to make adjustments to the online curriculum based on consultation feedback regarding layout and functionality The Australian Curriculum Connect project will link state/territory digital resources to support the teaching of the curriculum 29

31 Online delivery The delivery of the Australian Curriculum within an online environment enables: o the curriculum to be dynamic, multidimensional and more easily updated o teachers to use the online facility to design their teaching programs o teachers to integrate ICT within their classrooms 30

32 National digital learning resources There are over 11,000 national digital learning resources available through the Learning Federation. More than 80% of current resources are in English, mathematics, science and history. The Australian Curriculum Connect Pilot is testing a new way of linking digital resources (whether national or local) to the Australian Curriculum o making it easier for users to search o more flexible and durable o providing access to a greater range of digital resources. 31

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