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Western Australian Curriculum Support

Implementation of the Western Australian Curriculum
Implementation of the Western Australian Curriculum
The Western Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Western Australian students.

Western Australian Curriculum Support

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Active and informed citizens


Active and informed citizens

Teaching and learning programs should provide students with opportunities to develop capabilities and dispositions to act with moral and ethical  integrity showing a commitment to  the values of democracy, equity and justice.

Social Cohesion

Western Australia is one of the most diverse and fastest growing of the all the states and territories in Australia.  Teaching and learning programs should provide opportunities for students to learn about and develop empathy for diversity and difference.  Access the Department of Local Government and Communities: Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) document Cultural Diversity in Western Australia—A Demographic Profile and your school cohort data for statistical information that can be used for introducing classroom inquiry into this topic.

Watch the video: Why is it important that students learn about diversity and difference? From the Difference Differently teaching resource in our portal.

Online support

View the range of teacher professional learning and classroom Connect resources such as:

  • Difference Differently
  • Countering racism
  • A world of difference

The Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) works to promote and maximise the many benefits of WA’s cultural diversity. Their support includes web-based educational resources that enable students and their teachers to take part in practical classroom activities that explore and raise awareness of multiculturalism, human rights, racism and discrimination. 

The Western Australian Curriculum K-10 Guiding Principles

The Curriculum and Assessment Outline (the Outline) is intended for all students in Western Australia, Kindergarten to Year 10. The development of the Outline has been guided by a set of principles which include the Western Australian Values of Schooling and the Principles of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. The Western Australian Values of Schooling articulate what educators believe students should value as a result of their schooling including:

  • Respect and concern for others and their rights;
  • Social and civic responsibility; and
  • Environmental responsibility (including cultural heritage).

Principle 2, Connection and Challenge, from the Teaching, Learning and Assessment principles highlights that learning experiences should connect with students’ existing knowledge, skills and values while extending and challenging their current ways of thinking and acting.  Learners should be able to connect new experiences to what they already know and can do, while at the same time reconstructing what they know and can do to take account of the challenge provided by their new experience.

The Western Australian Curriculum

The Western Australian Curriculum has been written to equip students “with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to engage effectively with and prosper in a globalised world”.

The general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities, embedded across the learning areas, assist teachers in ensuring that the curriculum connects with and challenges their students providing opportunities to develop skills and dispositions for active and informed citizenship.

Through the Western Australian Curriculum, students develop intercultural understanding as they learn to value their own cultures, languages and beliefs, and those of others. They come to understand how personal, group and national identities are shaped, and the variable and changing nature of culture. The general capability of intercultural understanding involves students in learning about and engaging with diverse cultures in ways that recognise commonalities and differences, creating connections with others and cultivating mutual respect.

The Intercultural understanding general capability is organised into three interrelated organising elements.

The Intercultural understanding learning continuum describes the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that students can reasonably be expected to have developed by the end of particular years of schooling. This continuum includes examples that illustrate ways this general capability has been addressed in specific learning areas.

Here is a list of resources that teachers can use when developing students intercultural understanding capability.

Through the context of the cross-curriculum priorities the curriculum can be made more relevant to the lives of students and the contemporary issues they face. Developing teaching programs that include learning area content, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities ensures that students are equipped with the skills, knowledge and understandings that will enable them to engage effectively with and prosper in a globalised world. The cross-curriculum priorities reflect content already embedded across the curriculum and provide critically important contexts for teaching and learning in the 21st Century.

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