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At Glenvale State School, students study the National Curriculum for English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and Physical Education. Students also study the Essential Learnings in Health, Technology, The Arts, Music and Indonesian (LOTE).
English
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 (ACARA, 2010).

Maths
The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics aims to ensure that students:
 
·        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 (ACARA, 2010).
 
Science
 
The Australian Curriculum: Science aims to ensure that students develop:
 
·        an interest in science as a means of expanding their curiosity and willingness to explore, ask questions about and speculate on the changing world in which they live
·        an understanding of the vision that science provides of the nature of living things, of Earth and its place in the cosmos, and of the physical and chemical processes that explain the behaviour of all material things
·        an understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry and the ability to use a range of scientific inquiry methods, including questioning; planning and conducting experiments and investigations based on ethical principles; collecting and analysing data; evaluating results; and drawing critical, evidence-based conclusions
·        an ability to communicate scientific understanding and findings to a range of audiences, to justify ideas on the basis of evidence, and to evaluate and debate scientific arguments and claims
·        an ability to solve problems and make informed, evidence-based decisions about current and future applications of science while taking into account ethical and social implications of decisions
·        an understanding of historical and cultural contributions to science as well as contemporary science issues and activities and an understanding of the diversity of careers related to science
·        a solid foundation of knowledge of the biological, chemical, physical, earth and space sciences, including being able to select and integrate the scientific knowledge and methods needed to explain and predict phenomena, to apply that understanding to new situations and events, and to appreciate the dynamic nature of science knowledge (ACARA, 2010).
 
History & Geography
Within History and Geography the Australian Curriculum allows students to develop knowledge and understanding relating to broader enduring ideas that underpin the Humanities and Social Sciences.
The key ideas are listed below:
·        Who we are, who came before us, and traditions and values that have shaped societies
·        How societies and economies operate and how they are changing over time
·        The ways people, places, ideas and events are perceived and connected
·        How people exercise their responsibilities, participate in society and make informed decisions (ACARA, 2010).
 
Physical Education
The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable students to:
·        acquire, apply and evaluate movement skills, concepts and strategies to respond confidently, competently and creatively in a variety of physical activity contexts and settings
·        engage in and enjoy regular movement-based learning experiences and understand and appreciate their significance to personal, social, cultural, environmental and health practices and outcomes
·        analyse how varied and changing personal and contextual factors shape understanding of, and opportunities for, health and physical activity locally, regionally and globally (ACARA, 2010).
 
Health
Students use their enthusiasm and interest in health and physical activity to explore the dimensions of health and the ways in which it is influenced. They become aware of, and recognise, people who work in occupations related to health, physical activity and personal development.
 
Technology
Students explore the designed world, investigating products used in everyday situations, and identify how these meet wants and needs. They gain an awareness of resources and consider the roles that people play in shaping technologies to meet changing needs and wants.
 
The Arts/Music
Students use their creativity, imagination and senses to express their ideas, experiences and feelings or observations, values and beliefs through Dance, Drama, Music, Media and Visual Art. They begin to develop their aesthetic understandings of art elements and languages. They create their own art works, and present and respond to their own and others’ art works, considering particular audiences and particular purposes. They see the place of the arts in people’s work and community lives. Students gain awareness of the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, art works and practices (QCAA, 2014).
Music involves singing, playing instruments, listening, moving, improvising and composing by using the music elements to express ideas, considering particular audiences and particular purposes, through sound (QCAA, 2014).
 
LOTE (Languages other than English) - Indonesian
Languages other than English are a means of communicating across cultures and promoting sociocultural understanding and competence. Languages prepare learners for meaningful, productive lives in a culturally and linguistically diverse society and world to help leaners relate positively to the richness of human diversity. Languages are important as a medium of interpersonal relationships, of thought and of learning about the world. People and communities meet many of their personal, social and cultural needs through language.
Second language learning includes learning to use language as well as learning about language and how to use it. Bahasa Indonesian is of growing relevance given the increasing cultural, economic and political ties with Indonesia (QCAA, 2014).
 
REFERENCES
ACARA. (2010). Information for parents. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from source, http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/resources-and-support/parent-information/introduction
ACARA. (2010). English. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from source http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/english/aims
ACARA. (2010). Mathematics. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from source http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/mathematics/aims
ACARA. (2010). Science. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from source http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/science/aims
ACARA. (2010). Health and Physical Education. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from source http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/health-and-physical-education/aims
QCAA. (2014). Languages other than English. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from source https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/p-10/past-curriculum-documents/years-1-10-syllabuses/languages-other-than-english
ACARA. (2010). Humanities and social sciences. Retrieved April 20, 2016, from source http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/humanities-and-social-sciences/introduction

 

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