Inquiry

At Apollo Parkways Primary School we offer a comprehensive curriculum covering all the Australian Curriculum and (AusVELS). Our Integrated Curriculum links the knowledge, skills and behaviours of:
  • Physical, Personal and Social Learning (Health and P.E.; Personal Learning; Interpersonal Development; Civics and Citizenship)
  • Discipline-based Learning (The Arts; English and LOTE; The Humanities – Geography, History, Economics; Mathematics; Science)
  • Interdisciplinary Learning (Communication; Design, Creativity and Technology; Information and Communications Technology; Thinking Processes)

The Integrated Curriculum is taught through inquiries underpinned by topics in different levels.

English is an integral component of all our units of work. Many of our activities use reading and writing about topics to help develop the understandings that are set for each grade level.

How do we integrate curriculum areas?

At Apollo Parkways we develop and continually revise our program by sharing ideas in all grade teams. Each teaching team plans units of work based on the whole school program that we call our ‘spiralling continuum’. This program clearly outlines real life issues and understandings matched to student needs and taught at each level. In this way students learn different things about common school based topics in a developmental manner over their seven years at primary school.


 

How do we integrate?

Physical, Personal and Social Learning units include:

  • Well Being (incorporating drug education and LifeEducation)
  • Communication Networks
  • Social Harmony
  • Cultural Diversity


The Discipline-based Learning units provide for the development of understandings about Geography, Environmental Education, History, Economics, Science and The Arts.

  • Units focused on this strand include:
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Heritage
  • Global Balance
  • Science


Interdisciplinary Learning creates a link between Technology, Communication, Thinking, Design and Creativity.

What topics do we teach?

As a whole school we commence the year with a common unit of work – “Linking to Thinking”. Through this unit all teachers and children engage in a sequential range of activities that support the development of a culture of learning that underpins all aspects of our school and its teaching and learning programs. Learners are most successful when they are mindful of themselves as learners and thinkers within a learning community. During this unit teachers and children at all levels work collaboratively on activities such as establishing classroom rules and routines and determining behaviours to achieve optimum learning.

Following this common unit the remaining components of the Integrated Curriculum program are implemented. In Prep this involves the teaching of four units across the year:

  • Social Harmony
  • Heritage/Cultural Diversity
  • Communication Networks/Well Being
  • Global Balance/Science


In Grades 1-6 the Integrated Curriculum program is taught over a two year cycle. This means that in any one year four topics are investigated while the other four topics are studied in the alternate year.
Our topics are –

Even Years (Strand A)
  • Communication Networks
  • Heritage
  • Science
  • Social Harmony
Odd Years (Strand B)
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Global Balance
  • Science
  • Well Being


Our Integrated Curriculum promotes the development of awareness of issues such as culture, equal opportunity, human rights, conservation, gender equity, social responsibility, co-operation and civics and citizenship. This approach and these issues are strongly supported and endorsed by DEECD.

Our whole school program is revised annually and specific DEECD initiatives along with local, national and world events are incorporated into our Integrated Curriculum. The government’s guidelines for drug education are developed through our Well Being and Social Harmony units. These studies also involve a visit from the Life Education Van to further enrich this curriculum area.

Civics and citizenship education underpinned by the ‘Discovering Democracy Program’, a federal government initiative, has been integrated into our program through links to Social Harmony, Cultural Diversity, Well Being and Heritage units.

As part of the students’ total growth and learning experiences, significant events and festivals such as the Olympic Games, Children’s Book Week, World Environment Day ANZAC Day and Arbor Week are incorporated into our classroom programs through the Integrated Curriculum.

The benefits of an Integrated Curriculum


Learning through an Integrated Curriculum assists students to perceive the natural relationships between subjects. Its foundation in an inquiry approach also allows for students to take a shared role in their education by giving them the chance to contribute to the planning, development and evaluation of the topic they are studying. From Prep - Grade 6 students actively contribute to their growing knowledge.

Programs like ours also provide teachers with the chance to use real life, contemporary issues as a base for their teaching and learning experiences.