During 2019 staff are reviewing and mapping Curriculum at Macquarie Primary School.
Creativity and curiosity are nurtured at Macquarie Primary School, and inquiry is the basis of our learning approach. The inquiries that our students pursue draw from the disciplines of Science, Humanities & Social Sciences, Technologies 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.
Each inquiry at Macquarie develops student capacities to:
…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)
Integrated Inquiry Curriculum for Kindergarten to Year 6. Inquiries are described using:
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.
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. Students participate in daily literacy learning experiences to build their skills and knowledge.
Literacy competence is central to achievement in all areas of learning and remains a priority for all students as they progress through school.
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
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, Middle Years Mental Computation and Stepping Stones - an interactive numeracy program.
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.
We 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.