Record in your learning journal the 5 most important things you have learned about the Humanities curriculum.
The five most important things I have learned about the Humanities curriculum are:
- How the curriculum provides opportunities for students to develop humanities and social sciences understanding through key concepts including significance; continuity and change; cause and effect; place and space; interconnections; roles, rights and responsibilities; and perspectives and action.
- That the concepts give a focus for inquiries across sub-strands or within a particular sub-strand context and how inquiry questions are given to guide the teaching.
- How the Humanities and Social Sciences play an important role in harnessing students’ curiosity and imagination about the world they live in and empowers them to actively shape their lives.
- It helps students reflect and make informed decisions; an important skill as 20th century citizens.
- That the Humanities and Social Sciences will always be an important part of the curriculum because of these reasons and especially because it helps students value ther belonging in a diverse and dynamic society and how they can positively contribute locally, nationally, regionally and globally.
Record in your learning journal the 5 most important things you have learned about the Arts curriculum.
The five most important things I have learned about the Arts curriculum are:
- All young Australians are entitled to engage with the five Arts subjects and should be given an opportunity to experience the special knowledge and skills base of each,According to the Shape of the Australian Curriculum: The Arts paper.
- Each subject in the Arts is unique, with its own discrete knowledge, symbols, language, processes and skills but learning in all the Arts involves making and responding. Students learn by making art works that communicate to audiences. They learn as audiences, by responding critically to the Arts. These actions are taught together as each depends on the other. Making and responding will provide overarching organisers for the Arts curriculum and will provide a consistent structure for generalist teachers.
- All students study the five Arts subjects — dance, drama, media arts, music and visual arts — from Foundation to the end of primary school. Schools will be best placed to determine how this will occur.
- From the first year of secondary school, students will have an opportunity to experience some Arts subjects in greater depth and to specialise in one or more Arts subjects.
- Each subject will be organised in bands: Foundation to Year 2, Years 3–4 and so on though to Years 11–12. And schools are best placed to determine how learning in the Arts will be delivered. For example, some subjects in the Arts require frequent brief tuition while others require more intense immersion less frequently.
Record in your learning journal the 5 most important things you have learned about the Health and Physical Education curriculum.
- I’ve learnt that every teacher is a teacher of well-being. Health and PE can be taught across the curriculum as a result.
- The two strands of Personal, Social and Community Health, and Movement and Physical Activity make for a more contemporary, cohesive and natural curriculum. And are particularly relevant to today’s teens.
- It acknowledges individual diversity in and outside the classroom.
- It looks explicitly at relationships and sexuality.
- It pays close attention to mental health and the links to abuse.