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March 2019


Teaching two-way science

ACARA and the CSIRO have developed together illustrations of practice, showing students learning Aboriginal traditional ecological knowledge through the Australian Curriculum: Science, through on Country and classroom projects (also known as 'two-way science').

The four illustrations of practice videos featuring primary and middle school students in remote Aboriginal communities have been published on the Australian Curriculum website. 

Read the Teaching two-way science in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities media release 
(PDF 144 kb)

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New work samples available: Languages (German) and HASS

New work samples for Foundation – Year 10: Languages (German) and Foundation – Year 4: HASS are now available on the Australian Curriculum website.

The work sample portfolios have been selected, annotated and reviewed by classroom teachers and curriculum experts. The portfolio for German provides teachers with work samples that are at satisfactory level, and HASS work samples are provided at and above satisfactory level.

The portfolios support teachers and schools to make balanced judgements of student performance over time, in relation to the relevant achievement standards in the Australian Curriculum.



When does NAPLAN start?NAPLAN

This year, approximately 50 per cent of schools will take NAPLAN in an online format.

 ACARA has developed a resource kit to support teachers in helping parents and students to understand the benefits of NAPLAN Online.

We believe the assets and key messages in the kit will assist teachers in their conversations about NAPLAN Online in the classrooms or via online school channels.

Download the NAPLAN Online info kit for schools (PPT 8 mb).

DTiF award DTiF: what's new  

Well done, Yirara!

A group of students from one of our Digital Technologies in focus schools, Yirara College in Alice Springs, recently participated in the First Robotics Competition in Sydney, where they placed 32th out of 64 teams across Australia and the South Pacific. The students were also awarded the Judges' Award, which recognises the unique efforts, performance and dynamics of the team.

DTiF workshops in NSW

ACARA Curriculum officers, Shane Byrne and Martin Levins, will be presenting workshops in:

The workshops focus on supporting implementation of Science and Technology in K–6 and Technology in Years 7 and 8.

Read more about the Digital Technologies in focus project on our website.

March issue of Parent Update

Parent Update is a monthly e-newsletter that brings national education news about NAPLAN, My School and the Australian Curriculum to parents.

Read the March Parent Update.

Parent Update