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School Curriculum

In 2016 we began a two-year trial of a comprehensive guided inquiry program, MAPPEN, that addresses the Australian Curriculum standards across the subject areas of science, history, geography, economics and civics and citizenship, while simultaneously providing built-in professional development for teachers. MAPPEN's units are organised under eight overarching themes and are designed to cover a two-year teaching cycle. The throughlines include concepts such as necessity, creativity, sustainability and change, and are implemented school wide, allowing for a community focus on what the students are learning.

Students K - 6 explore the same concept over a term, developing deep understanding, allowing extension and support and enabling teachers to differentiate effectively. Read an online article about MAPPEN

The MAPPEN curriculum represents approximately three hours of teaching time each week. It covers the content and skills from the following areas of the curriculum:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics and Business
  • Science
  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Ethical Understanding Capability
  • Personal and Social Capability
  • Intercultural Capability

MAPPEN also includes logical integration of literacy, numeracy, and technologies.

Over 8 terms (2 years), your child will investigate each of the concepts once. A single concept is investigated across the school simultaneously, with age appropriate content and skills being investigated at each year level. MAPPEN promotes rich conversations at the dinner table and encourages your child to ask meaningful questions about their world.

MAPPEN has a strong focus on building your child's capacity to develop questions and to plan and conduct their own inquiry. It aligns with our belief that alongside the core literacy and numeracy skills, students in the 21st Century need to have opportunities to question, wonder and create.

Visit vist the MAPPEN website to find out about the content of each unit.