Essay on Basic Characteristics Of The Australian Curriculum

1743 Words Sep 2nd, 2016 7 Pages
The year 4 task, takes into consideration different characteristics of the learner. The year 4 science description of context and assessment task incorporates aspects of all three components of the Australian Curriculum; Content Description, General capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2016). This allows students the ability to gain knowledge, understanding and skills through identifying, predicting, investigating, discussing and communicating their methods and findings through higher order thinking skills (Frangenheim, 2012, p.9) and aligns with the model for sequencing scientific enquiry in grade 4 (Queensland Studies Authority, 2015, p. 22). This is relevant as according to Jean Piaget, students around this age group are entering the formal operational stage of cognitive development and are forming the ability to “juggle and think logically about ideas” (Sigelman, Rider & De George-Walker, 2012, p.169). However, students who are still in the operational stage of cognitive development will need additional explicit instruction and scaffolding to reach the desired outcomes.
The use of the General Capabilities, through information and communication technologies, literacy, critical and creative thinking and social capabilities (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2016) allows grade 4 students to extend their knowledge to other learning areas, as well as use previous understanding of…

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