Macquarie Primary School

An ACT Public School

Reach out and aim high

Our Curriculum

During 2019 staff are reviewing and mapping Curriculum at Macquarie Primary School.

Curriculum at Macquarie Primary

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.

The Curriculum Map

Broad purposes

Each inquiry at Macquarie develops 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)

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.

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. 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

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, Middle Years Mental Computation and Stepping Stones - an interactive numeracy program.

Music

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

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.

French

At Macquarie Primary School, a specialist language teacher delivers a weekly hour-long French language session to students in years 3-6.  This program consists of learning vocabulary to build basic communication in French with peers, understanding the language, culture and develop an intercultural capability of the world around them. Learning French supports our students’ understanding of English as French is closely related to English due to the shared influence of Latin. French was the official language of the English court, administration and culture for 300 years after the Norman Conquest in the eleventh century and this has resulted in many similarities including our grammatical systems and alphabet. This involvement with French contributed significantly to developing the English language. There are more than 1,700 words that are used in both languages (for example: chauffeur, menu, omelette, boutique, danger, chic, saint, magazine, tact). In this sense, French is already partly familiar to English-speaking learners.

Students in our early years are part of a Federal Government pilot program where French language learning is undertaken through the use of play-based Apps using an iPad. This trial lasts for 3 years.

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