Australian Curriculum

Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum outlines the core knowledge, understandings, skills and general capabilities important for all Australian students.

Teachers across Australia are in the familiarisation stage of implementing the Australian Curriculum.  The formal three-year implementation period for WA will commence in 2012 for the first phase of the national curriculum in the areas of English, mathematics, science and history.

Implementation of the Australian Curriculum at East Beechboro Primary School as outlined in the school’s Business Plan 2014 - 2016.

  • 2011 – Familiarisation of English and Mathematics Australian Curriculum. 
  • 2012 – Implementation of English and Mathematics Australian Curriculum.  Familiarisation Mathematics.
  • 2013 – Implementation of English and Mathematics Australian Curriculum.  Familiarisation of science and history Australian Curriculum.
  • 2014 – Implementation of Australian Curriculum planning, teaching and assessment in English, Maths, science and history.
  • 2015 – Implementation of Australian Curriculum planning, teaching, assessment and reporting in English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are three key design features of the Australian Curriculum:

  • Learning area content descriptions and achievement standards.
  • General capabilities.
  • Cross-curriculum priorities.

General Capabilities:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • ICT
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social competence
  • Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical behaviour

Cross-curricular priorities:

Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

Sustainability

The Australian Curriculum is from Foundation (pre-primary) to Year 12 and will be developed in three phases:

Phase One – English, mathematics, the sciences and history

Phase Two – languages, geography and the Arts

Phase Three – health and physical education, technologies and the ‘remainder of the humanities’ (economics, business education, civics and citizenship)

Western Australian Curriculum