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Mainstream Curriculum R-7

At Gilles Street Primary School the Australian Curriculum: History (F-7), Maths (F-7), English (F-7), Science (F-7), Languages (F-7), Health and Physical Education (F-7), Technologies (F-7), Arts (F-7), Civics and Citizenship (3-7), and Economics and Business (5-7) provides the core content of the curriculum.

Each of these learning areas incorporate the General Capabilities (Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Critical and Creative Thinking, Intercultural Understandings, Ethical Understanding and Personal and Social Capabilities), Cross-Curriculum Priorities (Sustainability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Culture and Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia), and the Child Protection Curriculum.

At Gilles Street Primary School students also study Performing Arts (Music and Drama) and Spanish as specialist areas of study.

For more information on the Australian Curriculum, click here.

English Language and Literacy

At Gilles Street Primary School we have developed a set of essential agreements (Reception - 7) for the teaching, learning and assessment of reading, writing, handwriting and spelling.

The teaching of reading at Gilles Street Primary School is based on the six components of reading:
  • Oral language development and early literacy experiences
  • Phonological Awareness, especially phonemic awareness - all staff have been trained in the use of THRASS for systematic, explicit phonics and language teaching
  • Letter-sound knowledge (phonics) and word knowledge
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
The teaching of writing at Gilles Street is systematically and explicitly scaffolded. We provide examples and models of different text types and provide students with opportunities to practice making decisions about their writing and receiving specific feedback. We develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills for beginning writing. We explicitly teach different genre/written text types for both academic and social success by developing their understandings of purpose, schematic structure and language features.

The teaching and learning of handwriting is explicit, developmental and linked to all aspects of the literacy programme. It is based on the DfE: Handwriting in the South Australian Curriculum document. It includes the developmental stages of emergent/early, transitional and extended writing.

At Gilles Street Primary School the teaching and learning of spelling is explicit and linked to all aspects of our literacy programmes. It is inclusive of all learning areas and considers wider community contexts familiar to the learners.

Our balanced spelling programme uses the four kinds of spelling knowledge, the application of this knowledge to the spelling of words, the effective use of resources to support spelling and practising, applying and assessing spelling.

We use a number of assessment tools that include the collection of Running Records, the Oxford Word List, the Waddington Diagnostic Spelling Tests, the Westwood Spelling Test, PM Benchmarks and support these skills through Minilit and Multi-Lit programs.


This year we are a trial school for the QuickSmart Numeracy program. The aim is to improve the fluency and automaticity in mathematics for students in Years 4-7.