Poynter Primary School is required to adhere to the Western Australian Curriculum and Assessment Outline(the Outline) which was developed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (the Authority). The Authority replaced the Curriculum Council in 2012. The Authority’s role is to provide quality curriculum, assessment and standards to enable all Western Australian students to become confident, creative learners and active, informed citizens who contribute positively to society. The Western Australian curriculum has a twenty-first century focus which includes eight learning areas, three cross-curriculum priorities areas and seven general capabilities which are embedded, where appropriate, into the curriculum content in all learning areas.
The Outline sets out the curriculum, guiding principles for teaching, learning and assessment and support for teachers in their assessment and reporting of student achievement.
The learning areas (and subjects) of the Western Australian curriculum are:
•Humanities and Social Sciences (including Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography, History, Work Studies)
•The Arts (including Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts)
•Health and Physical Education
•Technologies (including Design and Technology, Digital Technologies).
Since education has been undergoing formal changes in the curriculum for several years the Authority have determined a timeline for implementation applicable to all schools across the State of Western Australia. Full implementation of the Outline is required by the end of 2018.
In order to realise our school vision of “Excite, Engage and Educate to Achieve”, Poynter Primary School follows the Outline plus supplements each learning area and program with school based Operational Plans.