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:

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English plays a key role in the development of reading and literacy skills which help young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society.
Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.
Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. It provides an understanding of scientific inquiry methods, a foundation of knowledge across the disciplines of science, and develops an ability to communicate scientific understanding and use evidence to solve problems and make evidence-based decisions. The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.

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.

The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential. The Arts curriculum offers students the opportunity to study all five subjects (Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts) in the primary years of schooling. The five subjects enable students to learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their imagined and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations and experiences.
Technologies draws together the distinct but related subjects of Design and Technologies, and Digital Technologies. It ensures that all students benefit from learning about, and working with, traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies that shape the world in which we live. In creating solutions, as well as responding to the designed world, students will contribute to sustainable patterns of living for themselves and others.
Health and Physical Education offers experiential learning, with a curriculum that is relevant, engaging, contemporary, physically active, enjoyable and developmentally appropriate. Integral to Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills, concepts and strategies that enable students to participate in a range of physical activities confidently and competently. In Health and Physical Education, students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to support them to be resilient, to develop a strong sense of self, to build and maintain satisfying relationships, to make health-enhancing decisions in relation to their health and physical activity participation, and to develop health literacy competencies in order to enhance their own and others’ health and wellbeing.

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.