Assessment 1: Essay
ELA: Linda Thorburn
Name: Samantha Morrison
Student Number: 100169529
The purpose of the this paper is to express to the reader the writers view on the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority’s (ACARA) statement that “an Australian Curriculum will contribute to the provision of a world-class education in Australia by setting out the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for life and work in the 21st century and by setting common high standards of achievement across the country” (ACARA, 2012). This paper will talk about the understanding of the Australian curriculum as well as the criticisms that the curriculum has endured and lastly how teachers implicate the curriculum into their classroom.
The Australian curriculum, is the National curriculum for all schools in all the States and Territories in Australia. Its content sets high standards for what Australian children should be learning in schools ranging from foundation to year 12. The curriculum focuses on subject area content and also provides achievement standards which describes what students will learn and what the teachers will be expected to teach. It includes seven general capabilities which are important to life and employment in the 21st century. These capabilities are not added as extra learning areas but added within the current subject areas and built up on. There are eight learning areas in the curriculum but each learning area sometimes includes more than one subject. The learning areas are English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences which include the subjects of History, Geography, Economics and Civics and Citizenship. The Arts and its subjects include Drama, Dance, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. Technologies is another learning area which includes Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies as its subjects. Health and Physical Education is a learning