our curriculum

We want to engage and prepare our young people for the future, building a positive community of learners, who strive to do their best, work well with a variety of other people and build resilient attitudes and skillsets to deal with challenges they face

All our Teachers use:

  • the Australian Curriculum 
  • Teaching for Effective Learning (a pedagogical framework which reflects the way we teach)
  • Latest educational research to shape learning that best meets the needs of our young people of today

Research tells us learning needs to be relevant, working from what each student knows, can do and understands, then intellectually stretching them forward.

Our aim is that students do the hard thinking and love it!

Pedagogy is how we teach and at East Adelaide School, we are a high performing school using effective, research based teaching practices to gain the greatest learning effect size we can for every student.

Walking through our school you will notice:

  • teachers collaboratively planning and teaching, drawing upon each other’s strengths
  • teachers and students asking students questions to draw out their thinking
  • students building their growth mindset and work ethic
  • students engaged in collaborative tasks
  • student dialogue through questioning and conversations about their learning
  • students learning and using technology with meaningful interactions in its various forms
  • students solving challenging problems, often linked to a real life situation
  • students reflecting on their learning ( eg I can…, I am learning…, I still need more teaching on …, I wonder… )

We seek to nurture a student’s strengths and interests and bridge misconceptions and learning gaps within a curriculum framework that covers the eight nationally recognised key learning areas.


What are the learning areas of the Australian Curriculum?

From the first year of schooling to Year 7, students develop knowledge and skills in eight learning areas:


The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens.

It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate and build relationships with others and with the world around them.

The study of English plays a key role in the development of reading and literacy skills which help young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace.

It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society.


Provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in:

  • Number and Algebra
  • Measurement and Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability

Through the four proficiencies of:

  • Understanding
  • Fluency
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning

It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.


Provides opportunities for students to develop:

  • an understanding of important science concepts and processes
  • the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society
  • and its applications in our lives

It provides an understanding of:

  • scientific inquiry methods
  • a foundation of knowledge across the disciplines of science
  • biological sciences
  • chemical sciences
  • earth and space sciences
  • physical sciences

Students develop an ability to:

  • communicate scientific understanding
  • use evidence to solve problems
  • make evidence-based decisions

The curriculum supports students to develop the scientific knowledge, understandings and skills to make informed decisions about local, national and global issues and to participate, if they so wish, in science-related careers.

HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences)

The Australian Curriculum in HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences)

  • R-6 History and Geography
  • Year 7-10 History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business

The Civics and Citizenship curriculum is all about ensuring students have the skills and values to become active and informed citizens. Students will investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in contemporary society.

The Economics and Business curriculum explores aspects of economics and business that affect daily life. Students will learn about the role that individuals, businesses and governments play in the economy, the way they make decisions about how to allocate resources and the effects of these decisions.

The Years 7-10 Geography provides opportunities for students to investigate, analyse and explain the characteristics of the places that make up our world.

The Years 7-10 History provides opportunities for students to investigate Australian and world history. Australian history is to be taught within a world history context. Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through their study of societies, events, movements and developments. There are opportunities to study the role of individuals and groups and their significance.


    The Australian Curriculum in Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects:

    • Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities
    • Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions.

    Technologies aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students:

    • investigate, design, plan, manage, create and evaluate solutions
    • are creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time
    • make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in the economy, environment and society for a sustainable future
    • engage confidently with and responsibly select and manipulate appropriate technologies − materials, data, systems, components, tools and equipment − when designing and creating solutions
    • critique, analyse and evaluate problems, needs or opportunities to identify and create solutions.
    The Arts

    The Arts is a learning area that draws together related but distinct art forms. While these art forms have close relationships and are often used in interrelated ways, each involves different approaches to arts practices and critical and creative thinking that reflect distinct bodies of knowledge, understanding and skills.

    The 5 Arts learning areas are:

    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Music
    • Media
    • Visual Arts

    Dance, Drama and Music are predominately taught by our performing Arts Specialist Teachers. Media and Visual Arts are predominately taught by class teachers.

    Languages (Italian)

    All students R-7 learn Italian, as our whole school language. We also have a small number of students who learn Mandarin Chinese or Punjabi. These students have this language as their first language, which they use at home.

    Italian belongs to the Romance family of languages and is closely connected to its ‘sibling’ languages of Spanish, Portuguese and French. It also has many commonalities and connections with English, sharing many Latin-derived words and using the same Roman alphabet. The meaning of many Italian words can be instantly recognised through their similarity to English. There are points of difference between Italian and English grammars — for example, variations in word order, tense use, the use of articles, and the gendering in Italian of nouns and adjectives — but overall the Italian language is not linguistically or culturally ‘distant’ for English-speaking learners. Phonologically, Italian is relatively accessible to the English-speaking learner. It is a mostly phonetic language, pronounced generally as it is written, which is especially helpful in the development of listening and speaking skills. There is clear emphasis on all syllables, and intonation follows regular rhythms and patterns.

    As Italian is widely spoken in Australia, many opportunities exist to hear and use the language in real-life situations, as well as through the Italian media in Australia and in actual and virtual connections with Italian communities in Italy and beyond.

    Health and Physical Education

    In Health and Physical Education, students develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage satisfying, respectful relationships. They learn to build on personal and community strengths and assets to enhance safety and wellbeing. They critique and challenge assumptions and stereotypes. Students learn to navigate a range of health-related sources, services and organisations.

    At the core of Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively. As a foundation for lifelong physical activity participation and enhanced performance, students acquire an understanding of how the body moves and develop positive attitudes towards physical activity participation. They develop an appreciation of the significance of physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport in Australian society and globally. Movement is a powerful medium for learning, through which students can practise and refine personal, behavioural, social and cognitive skills.

    All students R-7 have a PE lesson each week taught by our specialist PE teacher. Other PE/Health lessons are taught by the class teacher. Teachers also integrate the Child protection Curriculum and Program Achieve into their Health curriculum lessons.

    How is the Australian Curriculum organised?

    There are three dimensions in the Australian Curriculum:

    Learning Areas

    The Australian Curriculum is organised into learning areas and subjects.

    Some learning areas bring a number of subjects together:

    • Humanities and Social Sciences, includes History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics and Business
    • The Arts includes Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts
    • Technologies includes Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies.


    Learning areas contain content descriptions that detail knowledge, understanding and skills to be taught each year or across a band of years. These content descriptions are accompanied by achievement standards that describe what students will know and will be able to do as a result of teaching and learning in the classroom.

    General Capabilities

    General capabilities are included in the content of the learning areas. These are the skills and abilities intended to help prepare young Australians to learn, live and work in the 21st century.

    The Australian Curriculum has seven general capabilities:

    • Literacy
    • Numeracy
    • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability
    • Critical and Creative Thinking
    • Personal and Social Capability
    • Ethical Understanding
    • Intercultural Understanding
    Cross-curriculum Priorities

    In a similar way, there are three priorities critical to Australia’s future:

    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Histories and Culture
    • Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia
    • Sustainability

    They build across the curriculum and allow students to connect the content of learning areas.

    Where can I find more information on the AC?

    Find more information about the Australian Curriculum on the ‘Parents’ page of the Australian Curriculum website.

    Deep thinking for Deep learning through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

    STEM is responsible for the great innovations that make our world a better place. It is this approach to learning that provides a way of thinking about the world that will benefit students in far-reaching ways.

    Learning will be developed through an interdisciplinary approach and encompass concepts, skills and dispositions. The use of a design thinking tool will be evident R-7. This will involve students and teachers working through the Solution Fluency of:

    • Define
    • Discover
    • Dream
    • Design
    • Deliver
    • Debrief

    The focus of our work will be to use Deep Thinking tools to design our learning, such as:

    • Graphic organisers
    • Taxonomies
    • Thinkers keys
    • Concept mapping
    • Questioning techniques (from DfE BiTL and Socratic questions)
    • Evaluative reflection tools

    Our work will be challenge and problem based, supporting students to work on opportunities and create solutions to real-life problems.

    East Adelaide School

    (08) 8362 1622


    (08) 8362 0078

    57-59 Second Avenue
    St Peters SA 5069

    East Adelaide School

    (08) 8362 1622


    (08) 8362 0078

    57-59 Second Avenue
    St Peters SA 5069

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