At Flinders Park Primary School we strive to engage and prepare our young people for the future, by building a positive community of learners who work well together and build resilient attitudes and skillsets. The learning program for Foundation to Year 7 is based on the Australian Curriculum.
The Australian curriculum is designed to help all young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. It is presented as a progression of learning from Foundation – Year 10 that makes clear to teachers, parents, students and others in the wider community what is to be taught and the quality of learning expected of young people as they progress through school.
There are eight learning areas in the Australian Curriculum:
Humanities and Social Sciences covers 4 subject areas:
Geography – Students study locations of major geographical divisions of the world, explore the places they live, Australian States and Territories developing an understanding of natural and manmade features and studying indigenous people of Australia and the world.
History – various topics some including – Understanding past present and future, looking at commemorative events/Days in Australia and the world and the importance to their families and investigating European settlement in Australia.
Civics and Citizenship (Years 3-7) – Understanding the significance of making decisions democratically; rights and responsibilities with a focus on who makes the rules and why they are important. Students develop knowledge and understanding of the role of local government and distinguish between rules and laws. Investigating the three levels of government in Australia and explore the functionality of local councils and investigating who can be an Australian citizen, formal rights, responsibilities and shared values.
Economics and Business (Years 5-7) – preparing simple budgets and learning terminology, study economic decision making, budgeting and entrepreneurial choices.
Languages is designed to enable all students in Australia to learn a language in addition to English. At Flinders Park Primary School all students from Foundation to Year 7 learn Japanese.
The Languages curriculum recognises that students bring their own linguistic and cultural background to their learning, whether this is English or the target language or various combinations of languages. The organisation of the curriculum addresses learner background in the target language by providing a number of pathways and entry points of study to cater for background language learners, first language learners and second language learners.