Curriculum


 

The Australian Origins of our Curriculum:


The Curriculum Framework used at AISB has been developed from the Australian National curriculum and syllabuses from other high performing education systems in the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand.


For details of the Australian National Curriculum, see http://www.acara.edu.au


The Early Childhood classes N1 N2 and K1 follow a program formed on the Australian Early Years Learning Framework [EYLF].


For details of the EYLF see http://education.gov.au/early-years-learning-framework


Why we follow the Australian Curriculum:


In Australian classrooms the interactive approach to teaching encourages student participation in learning, developing confidence and effective communications skills. These skills are highly valued, as they develop the ability to think creatively and independently, read widely and critically, participate in debate and function in teams.


Our curriculum is designed to provide educational opportunities that will help every student to reach his or her potential.


Inquiry based learning:


Inquiry based learning draws on the principles of Teaching for Understanding developed at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and on inquiry based learning concepts that are very similar to those used in the International Baccalaureate.


In the Lower Primary years, focussed Units of Inquiry are planned by teams of teachers. Units usually cover a period of four to six weeks. In the Upper Primary, the principles of Inquiry based learning are applied to study in the Key Learning Areas of History, Geography and Science.


A cademic Focus:


The curriculum has a strong academic focus, based on literacy; numeracy; the creative and performing arts of music, visual art and drama; and physical development. Student progress is systematically assessed on a regular basis.


The Physical and Social Development:


A strong emphasis is placed on the physical and social development of the children. Attention to this is embedded in the curriculum through the Daily Physical Education Program and the swimming program – all classes participate in this program which currently uses the Soi 20 pool. The new pool will be constructed in the third development phase of the Soi 31 campus.


Social development is enhanced through the Social and Personal Development themes of the pastoral care program, as well as school assemblies and events. This program helps students develop leadership, perseverance, resilience and other qualities.


Teachers and Teaching Methods:


The teaching and learning program is staffed by well qualified, registered teachers who love to teach and nurture each student’s special talents


Teaching methods used by our staff provide a balance of direct teaching and inquiry based learning.



Accountability for Teaching and Learning


Long Term, Medium Term, and Weekly Plans are published for parents to read on the school’s management system Sycamore, and are on display in the classroom and on the wall outside the classroom.

They cover all developmental aspects and each of the Key Learning Areas.


How we see Teaching and Learning


At AISB teaching and learning is seen as ‘walking on two legs’; that is, focused studies and direct teaching. Both are essential and cannot be left to chance. Learning in one fuels and informs the learning in the other.


How each of these fit together into a coherent whole is shown in the diagram below.


Math and Eng