ACARA news, January 2014

Happy Australia Day!

26 January 2014

Australia’s identity and traditions

25 January 2014

On 26 January we celebrate what is great about Australia and being Australian. Understanding Australia’s identity and its traditions is important for all young Australians.

In the Australian Curriculum: History students learn about Australia Day along with other days and weeks that are celebrated or commemorated in Australia.

In Years 3–10 history, students learn about Australia’s heritage, values and significant achievements as a nation. Along with the curriculum content, students develop historical inquiry skills. This enables them to explore the significance of Australia Day through sources such as artefacts, museums, historical sites, digital collections and hands-on activities. This brings learning about Australia’s past to life for young Australians.

When learning about Australia Day, students also discover that for Australia’s First Peoples colonisation has had enduring consequences.
Teachers are supported in their work with resources linked to the curriculum through Scootle.

The history national curriculum is published online for everyone to read. Take a look at what young Australians across the country are learning about. Follow us and participate in our conversations on Twitter and Facebook or contact us at [email protected] .

ACARA welcomes review of the Australian Curriculum

25 January 2014
Professor Barry McGaw, Chair of the ACARA Board, said today that he welcomed the review of the Australian Curriculum that Minister Pyne has initiated. Read the ACARA welcomes review of the Australian Curriculum media release

Review of the Australian Curriculum

25 January 2014

Today Minister Pyne announced a review of the national curriculum. We encourage everyone, including those involved in our curriculum development process, to contribute to the review. Public comments will be accepted until 28 February 2014.

See the Submission form for the review of the Australian Curriculum.