The introduction of the Australian Curriculum was designed to address the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA 2008) – that all young people in Australia should be supported to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.
As we move through the twenty first century, it is recognised by educational decision makers that our curricular must be designed to equip our students with the skills that they will need this century. The skills identified by the declaration are literacy, numeracy, information and communication technology (ICT), thinking, creativity, teamwork and communication.
Each curricular has a set of general capabilities that describe the knowledge, skills behaviours and attitudes essential for us to achieve the goals of the Melbourne Declaration.
The English component of the Australian Curriculum was first introduced in 2010. It represents a desire to unite Australian teachers and students from kindergarten to year 12 in presenting continuity and cumulative framework to the learning of English in the very diverse country such as Australia.
The English curriculum is built around the development of oral language, reading and writing skills. Our goal as educators at Evatt School is to present a curriculum from preschool to year 6 that encourages a love of language and literature. We aim to do this through an integrated approach that values the notion that students can transfer the skills of literacy into all areas of the curriculum.
This year we introduced the Daily Five as a structure to continue to enhance our pedagogy. We read every day both to ourselves and to others. We practise our writing every day in a range of contexts and with different stimuli.
We have included on our website some ways in which you as parents and carers can support your children at home. Over the coming months we will continue to add some more helpful hints.
For further information on the Australian Curriculum: English or the Melbourne Declaration, please go to: