What are the general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities?
General capabilities within the Australian Curriculum make up a set of knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that can be developed through all the learning areas.
The cross-curriculum priorities in the Australian Curriculum provide students with tools to better understand their world. The priorities are fitted with content to simultaneously develop knowledge, understanding and skills relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia, and Sustainability.
Learn more about the general capabilities of the Australian Curriculum at: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/generalcapabilities/overview/introduction.
Learn more about the cross-curriculum priorities of the Australian Curriculum at: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/crosscurriculumpriorities/overview/introduction.
Is homework part of the Australian Curriculum? How much homework should my child be doing?
Decisions about homework are made by state and territory curriculum and school authorities and by schools. Please contact your child’s school for more information.
How does the Australian Curriculum work in multi-grade classes?
In all classrooms teachers make adjustments to the learning program to accommodate the range of students in the group. In multi-grade settings, teachers will choose content from the whole curriculum to design learning programs that address each student’s learning needs.
How do teachers use the Australian Curriculum to determine A–E grades?
Teachers use the Australian Curriculum to determine the content that students will learn. State and territory curriculum and school authorities, and sometimes individual schools, make decisions about how teachers give A–E grades. Contact your child’s school to find out more.
Do all children in Australia learn the same things, now that we have an Australian Curriculum?
All Australian states and territories have joined with the Australian Government to endorse the Australian Curriculum. States, territories and schools may include additional learning opportunities beyond those provided by the Australian Curriculum. Decisions about the organisation and delivery of the curriculum are made by state and territory curriculum and school authorities.
What happens if my child is having difficulty with some of the Australian Curriculum?
The Australian Curriculum has been designed to meet the learning needs of all students and to provide opportunities for all students to engage with the curriculum. Teachers make adjustments to classroom learning when students are experiencing difficulty with the curriculum. If you think your child is having difficulty with any aspect of the learning program you should contact your child’s teacher and arrange to discuss your concerns.
Learn more about how the Australian Curriculum supports students with different learning needs here: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/studentdiversity/meeting-diverse-learning-needs
How are the needs of high achieving/gifted children met in the Australian Curriculum?
The Australian Curriculum is designed to provide rigorous, relevant and engaging content for all learners. It includes advice to help teachers use the flexible design of the Australian Curriculum to provide challenging learning experiences for gifted and talented students.
Learn more about how the Australian Curriculum supports gifted and talented students here: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/studentdiversity/gifted-and-talented-students
Does my child have to learn a language?
State and territory curriculum and school authorities make decisions about the way languages are taught in schools. Contact your child’s school to find out more.
Learn more about the Australian Curriculum: Languages here: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/languages/preamble
When will my child learn about technology in the Australian Curriculum?
ICT skills are developed in every learning area from the first year of school to Year 10. The Australian Curriculum also includes the specific subjects of Design and Technologies, and Digital Technologies.
How should the Australian Curriculum be taught in schools?
State and territory curriculum and school authorities, and schools, make decisions about how the Australian Curriculum is taught. The curriculum is designed to allow schools to develop teaching programs that meet the educational needs of their students. Your child’s own school is the best source of information about the teaching practices your child will experience.
If my child does not speak English at home will they be able to manage the curriculum?
For many students in Australian schools, English is not their first or only language. The Australian Curriculum includes resources and advice for teachers to identify the language needs of these students and ensure they are able to access the curriculum content, while they are developing proficiency in Standard Australian English.
What can I do at home to help my child at school?
Your child's school is the best place to get advice about supporting your child’s particular learning needs. As a parent or carer, you can support your child’s education by familiarising yourself with the Australian Curriculum, to gain a general understanding of what your child is learning at each stage of their schooling.
Exploring this website will provide information about the progression of learning throughout the stages of schooling.
What should I do if some subjects are not offered at my child’s school?
Schools determine the subjects and courses they can offer. Any questions associated with subject choice for individual students should be discussed with the school, which will provide guidance about pathways of study and access to subjects.
How will I know if my child is progressing at the expected rate?
All schools are required to provide parents with a formal progress report twice a year and many invite parents to interviews to discuss student progress.
Students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will complete NAPLAN assessments. NAPLAN reports compare a student’s progress to the average Australian student in the same year level.
The best source of information about a student’s progress is the teacher. Parents should speak to the teacher about any aspect of their child’s progress.
What are the NAPLAN tests?
Students in all states and territories across Australia undertake NAPLAN assessment of literacy and numeracy in years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
Learn more about NAPLAN: www.nap.edu.au
Does my child have to follow the Australian Curriculum if I school them at home?
Requirements for home schooling are set by states and territories. If you are considering home schooling, contact the education department in your state or territory.
Where can I find the meaning for terms I don’t understand in the Australian Curriculum?
Each learning area has a glossary that defines the terms relevant to that area. The links to each glossary can be found on the landing page of each learning area.