The Australian Curriculum is taught in our school. 

We use the curriculum to: 

  • plan student learning 
  • monitor and assess student progress 
  • report student progress to parents 
  • support student wellbeing. 

The curriculum learning areas are: 

  • English  
  • mathematics  
  • science  
  • humanities and social sciences – history, geography, economics and business, civics and citizenship 
  • the arts – dance, drama, music, media arts, visual arts 
  • technologies – design and technologies, digital technologies 
  • health and physical education  
  • languages. 

Visit curriculum in South Australia for more information.


At Padthaway School-Based Preschool we believe learning is a lifelong journey and realise early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives. We acknowledge that parents are a child’s first teacher and that collaborative relationships between educators and families are vital to ensure children reach their full potential. We offer a play based programme encompassing all areas of the curriculum. We view children as competent and capable learners and as individuals, and build on the skills and knowledge they have previously acquired. The wide range of open-ended experiences provided allow for all children to engage with, take ownership of and be extended in their learning. Opportunities for social interactions, inquiry, exploration and self-directed learning are continually available for all children.

R-3 Class

In the Reception – Yr 3 Class, the process of developing motivated, respectful and responsible individuals continues. The exploration through play and design-based tasks allows the teacher to meet the needs of each student in a flexible and holistic way, while still meeting the curriculum standards for each year level. Students are viewed as capable and life-long learners. They are expected to take an active role in each learning opportunity and develop ownership of their learning needs and choices. Students use a variety of hands-on resources and investigation-centred experiences to apply their understanding, extend their thinking and engage with the Australian Curriculum throughout the year. In R-3 we recognise that students are unique learners, with different sets of needs and in turn their progress is supported individually, in collaboration with parents. Throughout the year, students learn to follow routines which best support their individual needs as well as the needs of the classroom community.

4-6 Class

Year 4-6 students have the opportunity to learn in a positive and dynamic learning environment. Through practical activities and student-led investigations across the curriculum areas, the students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning. The teacher fosters a sense of wonder through these activities and in turn motivates students to pursue learning in an independent way.

In the 4-6 Class, children are expected to meet high expectations. They are expected to show initiative and leadership in regards to their learning, challenge themselves, treat others with the upmost respect and strive to achieve excellence with all aspects of their schooling. As a student-centred classroom, children are provided with many opportunities to pursue topics of interest and offered choice about how to best present their understanding and skills. Critical thinking and democratic skills are fostered through regular class meetings and discussions.