Years 2 to 6

Hollywood Primary School
Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum sets out 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 Hollywood Primary School:

  • 2011 – Familiarisation of English and mathematics Australian Curriculum. Explore science Australian Curriculum.
  • 2012 – Implementation of English and mathematics Australian Curriculum. Familiarisation of science and exploration of history Australian Curriculum.
  • 2013 – Full implementation of English and mathematics Australian Curriculum. Implementation of science and history Australian Curriculum.
  • 2014 – Full implementation of Australian Curriculum in planning, teaching and assessment in English, maths, science and history.

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-curriculum 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

Visit the Australian Curriculum website.

Reporting Achievement Standards

All teachers from Pre Primary (Foundation) to Year 7 follow the Australian Curriculum in the four areas of English, Mathematics, Science and History. Year 1-7 teachers report against the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards. Achievement standards are comprised of a written description and student work samples. The achievement standard describes the expected achievement for students who have been taught the curriculum content for the full year of schooling.

In mid-year reports, teachers make a professional judgement regarding the level of achievement that the student is demonstrating relative to the achievement standard, taking into account the curriculum that has been taught and assessed to that point in time. Thus, students demonstrating excellent achievement would be allocated an A grade, students demonstrating satisfactory achievement would be allocated a C Grade.

All Year 1-7 teachers at Hollywood Primary collaborate with year level colleagues to examine student work samples and discuss collaborative assessment tasks to assist in determining allocation of grades for semester reports. Together, the description of the achievement standard and the on line work samples help teachers to make informed judgements about whether students have achieved the standard.

Teachers continue to use a range and variety of assessment information collected throughout the year to determine a final grade for the purpose of reporting to parents. If you have any questions in relation to the Achievement Standards please see your child’s classroom teacher.

Visit the DET Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Policy and Procedure website.

Download the Achievement Standards in English.

Download the Achievement Standards in Mathematics.

Download the Achievement Standards in Science.

Download the Achievement Standards in History.

Mathematics

Maths is more than numbers.

It also involves shapes, direction, position and measuring.

You can help your child build their confidence and develop strong maths skills by including fun and easy activities into your child’s daily routine. Support from you at home can often make the difference between your child enjoying or being scared of maths at school.

Remember – your child is counting on you and the little ‘lessons’ will really add up!

Discover simple ways to encourage your child’s understanding of maths.

For more information on how you can help your child with maths view the resources described below.

Kindergarten to Year 3: Counting on you

This information is for parents/carers of children from Kindergarten to Year 3 to help them as they discover and learn about maths.

Download Kindergarten to Year 3: Counting on you.

Kindergarten to Year 3: A quick guide to helping your child with math

Support for parents/carers helping their children with learning maths.

Download Kindergarten to Year 3: A quick guide to helping your child with math.

Years 4 to 7 – A quick guide to helping your child with math

Discover simple ways to encourage your child with their maths.

Download Years 4 to 7 – A quick guide to helping your child with math.

These resources have been produced by the Department of Education and can be found on the Schools and You website.

Visit the Department of Education Schools and You website.

Reading

Raising a confident reader.

Watching your child become a confident reader and sharing the journey with them is a wonderful experience. A large part of our everyday life depends on reading.

Helping your child to read will open their minds to a whole range of topics.

There are many ways you can help your child build their confidence and develop strong reading skills every day. One of the easiest and most valuable things you can do at home is to read to your child and show them how much fun you can have when you read.

Discover simple ways to encourage your child’s reading.

For more information on how you can help your child with reading view the resources described below.

Kindergarten to Year 3 – A quick guide to helping your child with reading

Discover simple ways to encourage your child with their reading.

Download Kindergarten to Year 3 – A quick guide to helping your child with reading.

Kindergarten to Year 3: Raising a reader- Helping your child learn to read

Discover more way you can help your child with their reading.

Download Kindergarten to Year 3: Raising a reader- Helping your child learn to read.

Years 4 to 7 – A quick guide to helping your child with reading

Discover simple ways to encourage your child with their reading.

Download Years 4 to 7 – A quick guide to helping your child with reading.

Years 4 to 7: Raising a reader continues

Download a copy of Raising a reader continues: Years 4 to 7.

Download Years 4 to 7 – A quick guide to helping your child with math.

These resources have been produced by the Department of Education and can be found on the Schools and You website.

Visit the Department of Education Schools and You website.

Spelling

Knowing your A, B, C’s.

Children learn about words through experiences such as reading books and seeing words in and around your home and community. As a parent, you play an important role in shaping how your child feels about spelling. You can help your child gain confidence and skills with letters, words and spelling by playing fun games at home.

Discover simple ways to encourage your child with their spelling.

Explore the shapes of letters, and the sounds and words they make with some fun activities for you and your child in the quick guides described below.

Kindergarten to Year 3 – A quick guide to helping your child with writing and spelling

Discover simple ways to encourage your child with their writing and spelling.

Download Kindergarten to Year 3 – A quick guide to helping your child with writing and spelling.

Kindergarten to Year 3: At home with spelling – Helping your child learn to spell

Discover little ways you can help your child with their spelling.

Download Kindergarten to Year 3: At home with spelling – Helping your child learn to spell.

These resources have been produced by the Department of Education and can be found on the Schools and You website.

Visit the Department of Education Schools and You website.

Science

For more information on how you can help your child with science view the resources described below.

Fun with science Years 4 to 7 Inspiring curiosity in your child

For parents/carers of children in Years 4 to 7. Learn with your child and find out the answers. This booklet has ideas about how to help your child become interested in science and how things happen. It also has some easy and fun experiments to spark the whole family’s interest in science.

Downbload Fun with science Years 4 to 7 Inspiring curiosity in your child.

These resources have been produced by the Department of Education and can be found on the Schools and You website.

Visit the Department of Education Schools and You website.

Transition

For more information on how you can help your child transition to high-school view the resources described below.

Transition – gearing up for secondary school

Gearing up for secondary school – transition from primary school. This booklet is intended to support parents as they help their child prepare for the changes that come with moving from a primary school environment to secondary school. The booklet includes answers to frequently asked questions and suggestions on issues such as making friends, achieving a balanced lifestyle and more.

Download Transition – gearing up for secondary school.

Study skills – Years 8 to 12

Helping your teenager develop good study skills. A resource booklet for parents of Years 8 to 12 students to help you support your teenager in homework and assessment preparation.

Download Study skills – Years 8 to 12.

These resources have been produced by the Department of Education and can be found on the Schools and You website.

Visit the Department of Education Schools and You website.

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