Update on the Australian Curriculum

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					New syllabuses
in NSW public schools
An introduction

                        May 2012
Key questions

• Why have a new curriculum in NSW?

• What will the new syllabuses look like?

• How will teachers and schools be supported?

• Where to from here?
Activity 1

What do you know?
What do you need to know?
Why have a new curriculum
in NSW?

• Up-to-date K-10 curriculum for English, mathematics,
  science and history
• Opportunity to develop syllabuses that:
   – emphasise a continuum of learning
   – are consistent and current
   – incorporate cross-curriculum areas
   – encourage new approaches to learning
• Alignment of NSW content with the Australian
Advantages for NSW

• National resource sharing for quality and
• A learning entitlement for all Australian students
  regardless of what school they attend or where
  it is located
• Continuity for the 80 000 students and many
  teachers who move interstate each year
What will the new syllabuses
look like?
  The draft NSW K-10 syllabuses

• The Board of Studies NSW has developed draft K-10
  syllabuses for English, mathematics, science and history.
  The second round of consultation for these syllabuses has
  now closed.
• NSW school teachers will only need to teach in accordance
  with the new K-10 syllabus documents developed for NSW.
• The Board advises all schools to continue to use the existing
  NSW K-12 syllabuses for 2012 and 2013.
What will stay the same as current NSW

 • Syllabus structure:
      Rationale
      Aims
      Objectives
      Outcomes
      Content
      Stage Statements
 • Stage-based organisation
 • Life Skills outcomes and content for Years 7-10
What will be different from current NSW

 • Some Learning Area-specific changes in
   content and organisation
 • Availability of an interactive online version
• More detailed
  information is available
  in the companion
  presentations found on
  CLIC’s Australian
  Curriculum website.
Learning across the curriculum

Learning across the curriculum:
• is embedded in the descriptions of content as
• addresses issues, perspectives and policies that
  will assist students to achieve broad learning
• takes account of the general capabilities and
  cross-curriculum priorities in the Australian
Learning across the Curriculum
                                                            Click to activate

  [AHC]   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
  [A]     Asia and Australia’s relationship with Asia
  [SE]    Sustainability and Environment
  [CCT]   Critical and creative thinking
  [PSC]   Personal and social competence
  [EU]    Ethical Understanding
  [ICT]   Information and communication technologies
  [IU]    Intercultural Understanding
  [L]     Literacy
  [N]     Numeracy
  [DD]    Difference and diversity
  [CC]    Civics and citizenship
  [WE]    Work and enterprise
Learning across the curriculum– example

                                 Learning across
                                  the curriculum
                                     areas are
                                     areas are
                                embedded in the
                                embedded in the
                                   content and
                                   content and
                               indicated in square
                               indicated in square
Interactive online format

The new draft syllabuses are available in an
interactive format organised either by:

K – 10 Draft Syllabuses
What will be different for each Syllabus?

• Information about each NSW draft syllabus is available
  in a PowerPoint presentation on the CLIC website
• Each presentation
    Outlines the key features of the draft syllabus
    Provides details for both K–6 and 7–10
    Can be used for curriculum team discussions
What is new in English K-10?
‣ K-6
• Objectives and outcomes derive from the current 7-10 syllabus;
  intended as a means of linking the K-6 and 7-10 components of the
• Stronger focus on:
  – viewing, representing and visual literacy
  – multimodal texts
  – comprehension strategies (Stages 2-3)
  – the study of literature
  – students creating own literary texts (Stages 2-3)
• New focus on:
  – appreciation of the English language
  – text requirements
  – texts from different cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait
     Islander and Asian texts
  – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural concepts
  – supporting students for whom English is an additional dialect.
What is new in English K-10?
‣ 7-10
• Subtle but important changes in objectives and outcomes
• More explicit focus on:
   – grammar
   – complex forms of punctuation
   – comprehension strategies.
• New focus on:
   –   consolidation of handwriting skills in Stage 4
   –   conventions for citing and referencing
   –   spelling and word origins
   –   appreciation of the English language
   –   Asian texts
   –   Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural concepts
   –   English as an Additional Dialect (EAD) students.
• For more information see the separate English presentation
What is new in Mathematics K-10?

• K-6
  – Movement of Stage 4 content into Stage 3
  – Changes to Working Mathematically
• 7-10
  – Some Stage 5 content in Stage 4
  – Changes to Working Mathematically
• For more information see the separate
  Mathematics presentation
What is new in Science and Technology K-6
and Science 7-10?
• Science and Technology K-6
  – more content
  – the strand Material World is new – includes foundations of
    chemistry and explores properties and uses of materials
  – emphasis on teaching and learning through processes of
    Working Scientifically and Working Technologically
• Science 7-10
  – simpler structure, with previous syllabus’ Prescribed Focus
    Areas now embedded in content
  – the skills strand, Working Scientifically, to be taught within
    each unit of work
• For more information see the separate Science
What is new in History K-10?

• K-6
  – An emphasis on teaching historical inquiry and skills
  – The use of specified topics and content
• 7-10
  – Overview and depth studies approach
  – Increased flexibility of content delivery in Stage 5
• For more information see the separate History
Activity 2
Exploring the syllabuses
•What features of the new syllabuses support quality
teaching in each learning area?
• How will you need to modify your teaching and
learning programs?
•What support would you most value?
How will teachers and schools be
Support for schools

• Initial syllabus support materials will be provided
  by the Board of Studies as part of the syllabus
• The Department of Education and Communities
  will support syllabus implementation in public
  schools with professional learning together with
  teaching and learning resources that provide:
   – leadership support for principals
   – subject/stage support for curriculum leaders and
     classroom teachers.
Roles in curriculum change

                                   STATE OFFICE
           WHOLE SCHOOL            Leads support for including:
                                   • develops a whole-school
                                   Provides resourcesschools
                                      action plan for professional
                                   • professional learning
                                      school leadership
                                   • modules updating teaching
                                      and learning programs,
                                   • guides, templates and
            Roles in                  assisting
                                      teaching collaboration
                                   • samples and learning
           curriculum                 between and
                                      resources etc.learning
                                   • teaching schools.
             change                   implements
                                   • resources the syllabuses
                                   • action planning resources
  STATE                            • collaboration and
                                      communication tools.
How can schools make a start?

• Begin planning for implementation of the new
   – Include preparation for implementation in school plans.
   – Collaborate with colleagues in your own and other schools
     through learning areas, cross-curriculum areas and stages of
• Watch for the latest news on these websites:
   – NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre
   – Board of Studies NSW
Activity 3 – Reflection

What have you learnt?
What more do you need to know?
Where to from here?
Senior secondary curriculum

• ACARA has developed draft senior secondary Australian
  Curriculum in the four learning areas of English,
  mathematics, science and history. For more information,
  see the Australian Curriculum development page of the
  NSW CLIC website.
• Until further notice NSW teachers are to continue
  teaching current NSW syllabuses for senior secondary
Australian Curriculum development:
Phase 2

• Information on curriculum development and
  timelines can be found on the ACARA website
  – Geography
  – Languages
  – The Arts
• The NSW Board of Studies will incorporate the
  Australian Curriculum in these areas when
  developing the NSW syllabuses.
Australian Curriculum development:
Phase 3

• See the ACARA website for information on other
  learning areas including
  – Health and Physical Education
  – Technologies (including information and
    communication technology and design and
  – Business/Economics
  – Civics and Citizenship
• ACARA has published draft Shape Papers in
  Health and Physical Education and
  Technologies. More information can be found on
  the development page of NSW CLIC’s website.
Need more information?

• CLIC’s Australian Curriculum website

• NSW Board of Studies website