Literacy has changed. Therefore we need to equip our students to engage and develop a love of texts from a variety of sources. Today texts encompass picture books, reference books and also digital and interactive media. As there is so much information available in the world students must learn to be investigative and discerning readers. To be truly literate in today's society we must teach our students to go beyond reading, writing, spelling and grammar, to consuming and producing texts for a variety of purposes. At Mount Rogers the Australian Curriculum English underpins these big ideas.
• The Language strand takes in the understandings of grammar and the structures and features of the English language
• The Literacy strand refers to a repertoire of skills that enable students to use and produce a range of texts, to learn and communicate confidently at school and to become competent individuals and effective community members, workers and citizens.
• The Literature strand is about understanding, appreciating, responding to, analyzing and creating literature.
The Australian Curriculum: English aims to ensure that students:
• learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
• appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
• understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
• develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.
For more information on the Australian Curriculum English strand click here.
At Mount Rogers, we want our students to see the purpose of mathematics as it is used every day, in personal, social and work situations that are constructive and meaningful. Students need to see the connection between the learning that happens at school, and when it may be useful later in life. Therefore, the emphasis is on problem solving and making connections. This is achieved through a deep understanding of how numbers work and learning which is hands-on and practical.
The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics has 3 strands: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
• are confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics, able to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their personal and work lives and as active citizens
• develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mathematical concepts and fluency with processes, and are able to pose and solve problems and reason in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability
• recognise connections between the areas of mathematics and other disciplines and appreciate mathematics as an accessible and enjoyable discipline to study.
For more information on the Australian Curriculum Mathematics strand click here.
The Australian Curriculum: Science has three interrelated strands: Science Understanding, Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Inquiry Skills. The three strands of the science curriculum provide students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world.
Science provides an opportunity to answer questions about the biological, physical and technological world. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues.
Through science students develop critical and creative thinking skills and challenge themselves to identify questions and draw evidence-based conclusions using scientific methods. The wider benefits of this "scientific literacy" include giving students the capability to investigate the natural world and changes made to it through human activity.
The science curriculum promotes six overarching ideas: patterns, order and organisation; form and function; stability and change; systems; scale and measurement; and matter and energy.
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The Australian Curriculum: History is organised into two interrelated strands: Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills.
• interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens
• knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society
• understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability
• capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in the analysis and use of sources, and in explanation and communication.
At Mount Rogers Primary the emphasis for students in the early years is on developing awareness of family history and community heritage through experimentation and play. Students in Years 3-6 develop understanding of the world and their relationship to others. The history curriculum for Years 3-6 includes content about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies, democratic concepts and rights, and the diversity of Australian society. Students develop an understanding of the heritage of their community and of their ability to contribute to it. They become aware of similarities and differences between people and become more aware of diversity in the wider community as well as the concept of change over time.
For more information on the Australian Curriculum History strand click here.