Structure and Development of the Australian Curriculum Essays

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An Australian Curriculum has been en route for almost three decades, but due to inadequate support of its implementation, the ongoing developments had been short-lived, until now. This essay will discuss how an Australian Curriculum is a major priority for the 21st century and will look at the construction of this new curriculum including the impact that historic and current learning has had on present developments. Models of curriculum have always provided support to educators, so how do these models relate to the Australian Curriculum? Are they still suitable reference points? And what is the view of the learner? There are many definitions of curriculum, but this essay is going to discuss which definitions are valid for defining the …show more content…
The sequences of levels for learning at primary school are:
• Kindergarten, Year One, Year Two, Year Three, Year Four, Year Five and Year Six.
Curriculum content is also focused on capabilities that students need to have achieved at different levels of schooling. These seven capabilities are; literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology competence, critical and capable thinking, ethical behaviour, personal and social competence and intellectual understanding. These capabilities can be addressed through the eight learning areas, which have been or are going to be included in the national curriculum. The four principal subjects of Mathematics, English, Science and History – which have already been implemented in the Australian Curriculum as part of phase one - and secondary subjects; Geography, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), creative arts, technology and languages – which are going to be implemented in the Australian Curriculum in phases two and three. These learning areas and subjects cover the range of curriculum content in primary teaching and learning.
The scope of the curriculum is to provide students of all year levels, with knowledge, skills and attitude that will enable students to understand learning and educational content and why it is important for their future.

Curriculum planning models form the basis of ideas for current curriculum developments. The Objectives model, constructed by Tyler
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