The Australian Curriculum &
Curriculum In General


“A curriculum lays out the course to follow to reach a specific destination”

This is where you decide what you want to teach your child.

For ease of understanding we will be following ‘The Australian Curriculum’ – a national curriculum being implemented through all schools – but it’s worth keeping this in mind:

 There are NO laws stating what you must teach your child or how to teach them.

There are guidelines and there are State curriculum – there is also a national curriculum being developed as mentioned above – but no one has the right to tell you what you can and can’t teach your child.

Anyone can access the Australian Curriculum by the website. What follows is OUR understanding of its contents. There are three main focuses:


Learning Areas

At present only the following are set in stone for K-10:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • History

Being developed are:

  • Geography
  • Languages
  • The Arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technologies
  • Economics and Business
  • Civics and Citizenship


General Capabilities

These have been developed to bridge across all learning areas and are fairly self-explanatory:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and Technology (ICT) capability
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding
  • Personal and social capability
  • Intercultural understanding


Cross-Curriculum Priorities

Again, designed to link in with all of the above and pretty self-explanatory:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and cultures
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability

There are also a number of headings that introduce each learning area:

  • Aims
  • Overview
  • Year level descriptions
  • Content descriptions
  • Content elaborations
  • Achievement standards
  • Student work samples
  • Glossary


Now if that seems like a lot to take in – it’s because it is!


PLUS you then have to decipher each learning area, which gets progressively harder as your child moves through school.

Thankfully, ‘Papa Bear’ has a mind for these things and we’ve worked out a way to make things simple.

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