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The Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum is designed to help students to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. At Norman Park SS, we teach and assess in alignment with the Australian Curriculum, to ensure the sequence of learning from Prep to Year 6 maintains rigor and appropriateness.

The Curriculum includes a variety of learning areas. Each learning area focuses on developing subject-specific knowledges, skills, vocabulary and understanding.  The eight learning areas of the Australian Curriculum include English, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), The Arts, Technologies (Digital and Design) and Languages (French in Years 2- 6).

Curriculum at Norman Park SS is regulated by the ‘DET P–12 Curriculum, assessment and reporting framework’ which specifies the requirements for Queensland State schools to deliver the curriculum.  It is based on the belief that every student can learn and that responding to the student’s learning needs is vital for achieving success. (ADD)​​

Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) 

Australian educators are being required to place more emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to ensure that today’s students will be prepared for their future careers. With a STEM focussed curriculum it improves collaboration and guarantees that 21st-century skills are fully integrated into the curriculum, while supporting students’ academic and socio-emotional growth.

Norman Park SS has begun the development of embedding STEM based learning into classroom teaching and learning. The STEM focus offers all our students a transdisciplinary approach across a range of learning areas with each learning area connected to enhance the life- like context of the project/ problem without losing the rigor and impact of each learning area. For example, in Science, students following the scientific inquiry process when conducting experiments or in HASS identifying solutions to make our world/ community a better place. With a strong emphasis in using digital technologies, teachers and students are using iPads as part of the learning to enhance and share their findings. The teaching of critical and creative thinking skills, how to work collaboratively and the process of generating ideas through planning, developing, testing and reflecting is the central vision for STEM. Students will engage in different projects each year with some developed from the Engquest program; each unit planned in accordance with the Australian Curriculum. 

Refer to Curriculum Overviews for examples of the projects.