Curriculum

At The Grove Education Centre we recognise that each child has individual needs, abilities and strengths. In every classroom the learning environment and curriculum are inclusive and personalised. Our curriculum meets the requirements of the Australian Curriculum and/or the Modified SA Certificate of Education (SACE).

Our learner population is diverse. We provide appropriately challenging and supportive curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and educational pathways for our learners to optimise their engagement, progress and achievement inclusive of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners, learners with English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD), learners in care and learners with disabilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners – In line with the National and South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Strategies - we provide:

  • meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to achieve at their full potential.
  • teaching and learning programs that are inclusive of and set high expectations for our Aboriginal children and young people.
  • One Plans with explicit learning goals that are used purposefully to improve the learning outcomes of our Aboriginal learners.

EALD learners - we design and implement teaching programs that support EALD learners to develop their knowledge and use of the English language and their understanding of Australian society.

Learners in care (under guardianship) – At The Grove we provide:

  • inclusive and supportive learning environments and opportunities for children in out-of-home care to meet their educational potential.
  • teaching and learning programs that take account of issues affecting student wellbeing
  • a One Plan which is developed collaboratively and reviewed annually or as circumstances require

Learners with Disabilities - At The Grove, we use effective teaching strategies and adjustments to maximise the engagement and expected achievement of our learners. Each student has a One Plan which is documented, intentionally used and reviewed annually.

Our learning programmes are line with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, which are intended to give students with disabilities the same rights as other students, including the right to education and training ‘on the same basis’ as students without disability.

Our learning programs acknowledge the capacity and capabilities of our learners and incorporate adjustments to teaching, learning, assessment strategies and the learning environment that ensure their access and participation ‘on the same basis’ as their non-disabled peers. Before any adjustments are made, a process of ‘consultation’ is undertaken involving site staff, students and parents or carers.

The Australian Curriculum is designed to teach students what it takes to be confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens. It sets the goals for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life – wherever they live in Australia and whatever school they attend.

From the first year of schooling to Year 10, students develop knowledge and skills in eight learning areas including STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths):

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Health and Physical Education (HPE)
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
  • The Arts
  • Technologies

General capabilities within the Australian Curriculum make up a set of knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that can be developed through all the learning areas. They are:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology competence
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social competence
  • Ethical behaviour

In the early years, priority is given to literacy and numeracy development as the foundations for further learning. As students make their way through the primary years, they focus more on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all eight learning areas.

Towards year 10, the curriculum is designed so students develop skills for civic, social and economic participation in their community.

Students at The Grove participate in modified SACE from year 10-12.