At Nightcliff Primary the Australian Curriculum is used as the basis of all teaching and learning programs for English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Humanities and Social Sciences, The Arts and Health and Physical Education.
Students become literate as they develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to interpret and use language confidently for learning and communicating in and out of school and for participating effectively in society. Literacy involves students in listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and creating oral, print, visual and digital texts, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of contexts. The Literacy learning continuum incorporates the processes of comprehending and composing texts through listening, reading and viewing. The following areas of knowledge apply:
- Text knowledge
- Grammar knowledge
- Word knowledge
- Visual knowledge
Students become numerate as they develop the knowledge and skills to use mathematics confidently across other learning areas at school and in their lives more broadly. Numeracy involves students in recognising and understanding the role of mathematics in the world and having the dispositions and capacities to use mathematical knowledge and skills purposefully. The Numeracy learning continuum is organised into six interrelated elements:
- Estimating and calculating with whole numbers
- Recognising and using patterns and relationships
- Using fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and rate
- Using spatial reasoning Interpreting statistical information
- Using measurement
Australian Curriculum General Capabilities
The Australian Curriculum General capabilities will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century. There are seven general capabilities: literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT), critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding.
The capabilities’ continuum can assist teachers to cater for student diversity and personalise learning. In some instances e.g. for students with disability they can inform the development of the Education Adjustment Plan to ensure that particular learning needs are being met.
The Australian Curriculum Cross-curriculum priorities help equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to engage effectively with and prosper in a globalised world.