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Curriculum: Teaching and Learning

At Parramatta State School, we believe that every child can learn and will achieve.  We proudly recognise the cultural richness that our students and their families bring to our school and seek to embed cultural perspectives across all aspects of the schooling experience.  We also aim to engage with parents and carers to empower them to confidently contribute to their children’s education.  
Our school provides quality teaching for all Australian curriculum subjects:
* English
* Mathematics
* Science
* Humanities and Social Sciences (Geography, History and Economics)
* Physical Education and Health
* The Arts (Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Media Arts and Dance)
* Languages (Japanese)
* Technologies (Design and Technology, and Digital Technology)
Teachers plan and implement the curriculum so that each child can be a successful learner.  To achieve this goal, our year level teams meet with the Head of Curriculum, Head of Special Education and Learning Support Teacher regularly to develop a deep understanding of the Australian Curriculum and how best teach, support and extend our students.
Parramatta State School has policies and procedures to support Differentiation for all students across the key curriculum areas of English, Mathematics and Science.  Our teachers work hard to plan and implement lessons that respond to individual student needs by:
* Knowing their students
* Knowing the curriculum intent
* Varying the pathways to success
At our school, the teachers use a variety of standardised and diagnostic assessments to diagnose learning needs, determine achievement and inform teaching. Students are also assessed throughout and at the end of a unit of work to determine their overall understanding of the topic, these assessment pieces are moderated across the year level to ensure consistency. Students in years 3 and 5 participate in National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN).
Written report cards are issued twice yearly, using a five point scale to report student achievement. Parent teacher interviews are offered in terms 1 and 3. A variety of assessment pieces are used to demonstrate student learning and inform end of semester reporting.
In addition to the academic curriculum, extra-curricular activities are offered and include:
* Interschool sport
* Harmony day
* Under 8s 
* NAIDOC celebration
* Fancy Dress Ball
* Excursions related to curriculum areas
* Camps