Cross curriculum content enriches and supports the learning areas and adds depth to student learning.
In NSW students study a range of learning across the curriculum content.
Cross curriculum priorities
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
- Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
- critical and creative thinking
- ethical understanding
- information and communication technology capability
- intercultural understanding
- personal and social capability
Other learning across the curriculum areas
- civics and citizenship
- difference and diversity
- work and enterprise.
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21st century learning
At Kingsgrove North High School we want to provide our students with the skills they need to solve problems which may not exist yet but may exist when they enter the workforce.
The ability to communicate, collaborate or work with others, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving are the skills that all students require when entering the workforce. Research shows that by teaching these skills, students will improve their performance results in school. The world's leading universities state very clearly what is needed to study their courses.
- Collaboration – students work in groups to share responsibility and make decisions together about what they will produce, how they will produce it, and why they have chosen these. At Kingsgrove North High School, we have specialist classrooms that have been designed to cater for group work across all key learning areas.
- Real world problem solving – students are given a problem task which requires them to learn new skills to solve it. Students solve problems in an authentic situation and present and implement their solution in the real world.
- Critical thinking – students question and evaluate aspects of the world around them to make informed decisions.
- Skilled communication– students communicate through writing and other mediums using a central argument or thesis. Students make a claim and support a hypothesis with evidence in an organised and coherent way.
- Self-regulation – students plan, assess, and reflect on a long-term learning task using their own initiative.
- Knowledge building – students build knowledge across all subjects by generating new ideas and understandings. This requires students to use higher order thinking skills which include: evaluation, synthesis, analysis, and interpretation.
- Using ICT – students use technology when it contributes to their building of knowledge and acquiring of skills by providing them with new learning opportunities. Our new 'tech room' which houses both laptops and iPad provides students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills using technology.
- Creativity – students develop their creative skills to be innovative and develop new ideas to contribute to the world community.
Gifted and talented
Gifted students are those whose potential is distinctly above average in one or more of the following areas of ability at school – intellectual, creative, social and physical.
Our gifted and talented (GAT) program provides these students with learning opportunities on top of the normal curriculum.
Staff at Kingsgrove North High School have all completed the Gifted Education Research and Resource Centre (GERRIC) training, which is a credential from the University of New South Wales on Gifted Education.
At Kingsgrove North High School we place a great deal of emphasis on catering for the learning needs of all our students and the GERRIC training has allowed our staff to provide a differentiated teaching approach in their classrooms as well as cater for the needs of our gifted and talented students.
GERRIC training provides in-services and short professional learning courses for our teachers:
- how to identify gifted and talented students
- how to differentiate the curriculum for your highly able students
- whether and how to implement ability grouping or acceleration with your students
- what the research says about gifted education best practices.
Kingsgrove North High School places a high value on gifted and talented students. Our school meets the needs of these students with a whole school evidence-based program. We identify, enrich and extend gifted and talented students. Our staff have completed a formal course in gifted education run by the University of New South Wales. They are experienced in identifying gifted and talented students and adapting the curriculum to enrich and engage these students.
Gifted and talented students participate in competitions for mathematics, science, writing, video production, art and photography and others. Our extra-curricular activities, including writers group, chess club, computational and linguistic club, school band and historical model making extend students in their areas of interest. The school runs a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program for identified students in Years 8 to 10. There will be a STEM elective course in Year 9 2018 and Year 10 2019.
Please visit the website of GERRIC for more information. If you would like to ask how our gifted and talented program can assist your child, please do not hesitate to contact us.