Macquarie Primary School

An ACT Public School

Reach out and aim high

Our Curriculum

Curriculum at Macquarie Primary

Creativity and curiosity are nurtured at Macquarie Primary School, and inquiry is the basis of our learning philosophy. The inquiries that our students pursue draw from the disciplines of science, social science, technology and the arts.

As part of our inquiry approach, we have created a curriculum map that allows us to organise curriculum areas into units that develop our learners' inquiry skills as they engage with the Australian curriculum.

The Curriculum Map

Broad purposes

Each inquiry at Macquarie should develop student capacities to:

  • manage themselves as people and as learners
  • understand the world in which they live
  • participate effectively in that world

…so that they can become lifelong learners, build strong communities, and build a future that is innovative and sustainable.

(Aligning with the work of Kath Murdoch – Linking Learning through integrated inquiry 2010)

To enable students to inquire into 'the way the world works', the following three overarching organisers are used:

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Human Dignity
  • Stewardship of our Changing World

The map outlines the scope and sequence of Integrated Inquiry Curriculum for Kindergarten to Year 6. Inquiries are described using:

  • Big Understandings
  • Rich Concepts, and
  • Key Questions to prompt and further define inquiries.

Cross Curriculum Priorities

At Macquarie we value these key perspectives that run through the Australian curriculum.  They inform and enrich our planning, resourcing and teaching of inquiry units.

Literacy

Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and listen to language in a way that allows people to communicate with each other and to make sense of the world. To be literate students also need to be able to think critically in order to understand written, visual and technology based information.

Literacy lessons involve direct instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing.

Literacy competence is central to achievement in all areas of learning and remains a priority for all students as they progress through school.

Numeracy

Numeracy helps us use mathematics effectively to meet the general demands of day to day life. It also helps us to learn and make sense of the world.

This involves teaching all students in the areas of

  • Number and Algebra
  • Measurement and Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning

Mathematics teaching is targeted towards the specific needs of the students. Our programs are aligned with the Australian curriculum and teachers use a variety of resources to support student learning, such as Count Me In Too and Middle Years Mental Computation.

Music

Macquarie Primary School offers a range of musical experiences to students as a part of our Arts program and within Inquiry units.

The school is committed to ensuring all students leave their Primary years equipped to play a pitched instrument. To this end the year 3 and 4 students receive tuition in a Ukulele ensemble, and year 1 and 2 in the recorder club. The ACT Instrumental Music Program offers a band program for students in years 5 and 6 and private tutoring is available at the school for students interested in learning string instruments.

Physical Education

At Macquarie we partner with the Bluearth Foundation in developing our physical education program to deliver a whole child approach to PE drawing on the disciplines of fundamental movement skills, modified games and dynamic and core movement. Children are encouraged to be reflective about how they move independently, with a partner, and within their environment.

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