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Curriculum & Assessment

Inspired Learning

Nurturing students to become confident and capable learners

The learning program from Reception to Year 6 at St Joseph's School Tranmere is based on the Australian Curriculum.

The Australian Curriculum outlines the key elements of what young Australians should learn as they progress through their primary schooling and into high school, setting consistent national standards to improve learning outcomes. It is the foundation of our students learning, growth and active participation as productive members of society.

Curriculum Areas

  • Religious Education
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • STEM
  • Languages (Italian)
  • The Arts (Music, Art, Drama)
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technologies

In each learning area or subject, content descriptions specify what young people will learn and achievement standards describe the depth of understanding and the sophistication of knowledge and skill expected of students at the end of each year level or band of years in their schooling.

Alongside disciplinary knowledge, the Australian Curriculum provides seven general capabilities:

General Capabilities

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • ICT capability
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and Social capability
  • Ethical understanding
  • Intercultural understanding

The general capabilities comprise an integrated and interconnected set of knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that apply across subject-based content and equip students to be lifelong learners and be able to operate with confidence in a complex, information-rich, globalised world. In the Australian Curriculum, the general capabilities are developed and applied, where relevant, through the learning areas.

Cross-Curriculum Priorities

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait histories and culture
  • Sustainability



As a school, we assess student learning in a whole variety of ways, including diagnostic and anecdotal data

This helps us continually improve our teaching methods and learning styles according to the needs of both students and classes.

We regularly report back to parents in a wide range of ways including:

  • Dibels Reading Assessment
  • NAPLAN test results
  • Year 1 Phonics Screening
  • Semester Reports
  • ReLAT
  • Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) in Reading, Mathematics and Spelling
  • Formative and Summative Assessment tasks
  • See Saw App (communication and class blog)
  • Parent information evenings and parent-teacher Learning Conversations during the year
  • Direct conversations between parents and teachers.  The best way to know how your child is progressing is to have regular conversations with their teacher.  All classrooms are open for interaction with parents and we strongly encourage the parent-teacher partnership.