Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum – Transition to Year 9

The Australian Curriculum is designed to teach your child what it takes to be
confident and creative individual and to become an active and informed citizen.
It sets the goal for what your child should learn as they progress through their
school life – wherever they live in Australia and whatever school they 
attend.

From 2016 Northern Territory schools will use the Australian Curriculum to
plan, teach, assess and report your child’s progress from the first year of
schooling to Year 9. The curriculum includes three dimensions:

Knowledge and Skills

The eight learning areas describe the knowledge and skills your child will 
learn:

English
Mathematics
Science
Health and Physical Education
(HPE)
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
The
Arts
Technologies
Languages

Capabilities

The general capabilities describe the knowledge, skills, behaviours and
dispositions your child needs to live and work successfully in the twenty-first
century. The capabilities are addressed through the content of the learning 
areas:

Literacy
Numeracy
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Capability
Critical and Creative Thinking
Personal and Social
Capability
Ethical Understanding
Intercultural Understanding

Priorities

The cross curriculum priorities describe the regional, national and global
perspectives to developing the knowledge, skills and understandings. The
priorities are addressed through the content of the learning areas:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
Asia and
Australia’s Engagement with Asia
Sustainability

Northern Territory Curriculum Framework

In addition to the Australian Curriculum, teachers will continue to use the
Northern Territory Curriculum Framework to plan, teach, assess and report the 
following:

Further Information

For further information about the Australian Curriculum visit the new ‘Parent information’ section of the Australian Curriculum
website. On this page you will find that the Australian Curriculum,
Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released a suite of materials
designed for parents. These materials include seven fact sheets, written in
plain English to describe what is typically taught in each learning area at
different year levels throughout school. The materials were developed in
consultation with parents and are available as PDF documents that can be printed 
out.