Mainstream Education

In 2010, South Australia joined with other states and territories to accept the Australian Curriculum to standardize the curriculum across the country. The Australian Curriculum focuses on learning area content and achievement standards that describe what students will learn and teachers will teach.

The Australian Curriculum has eight learning areas. Some learning areas include more than one subject.

Learning areas Subjects
English English
Mathematics Mathematics
Science Science
Humanities and Social Sciences History
  Economics and Business
  Civics and Citizenship
The Arts Drama
  Media Arts
  Visual Arts
Technologies Design and Technologies
  Digital Technologies
Health and Physical Education Health and Physical Education
Languages Japanese

For more information and greater detail about each of the curriculum areas and the general capabilities, please visit: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au

In 2010 the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) also launched the Teaching for Effective Learning (TfEL) Framework which is the basis of our learning pedagogy for primary students.
The framework is designed to enhance teaching and learning techniques for both teachers and students. The 4 principles include:

    • learning for effective teaching
    • creating safe conditions for learning
    • developing children as expert learners
    • personalising and connecting learning

More in-depth information about the TfEL principles can be found on the DECD website.


The philosophy which underpins Mainstream Learning program is inspired by the system of early years' education in Reggio Emilia, a town in northern Italy.
Reggio Emilia has become renowned for offering a system of education which respects children and their rights to be citizens.
Among the concepts emphasised in the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning are:

    • Image of the child - as competent and powerful
    • Environment as a teacher - to stimulate enquiry
    • Documentation of children’s learning - photographs, children's work samples and teachers', children's and parents' words to document, communicate and enhance the learning
    • Community of Learners - teacher-teacher and parent-teacher collaboration and the link between home and school
    • Hundred Languages of Children - children are encouraged to express themselves in many ways

More information about Reggio Emilia can be found at the Australian website of the Reggio Emilia Information Exchange: http://www.reaie.org.au
From 2015 Sheidow Park School is offering an exciting curriculum choice and a Steiner Education Stream Reception class. The classroom is already in place, and a Class One is planned for 2016, Class Two in 2017 etc. This will be a second stream where Steiner Stream classes will operate alongside our Main Stream classes allowing parents to have a choice of curriculum and allowing for greater diversity within one cohesive school.

Steiner Education Stream

Curriculum and Pedagogy



The Steiner Curriculum “……strives to meet the needs of the child, and to encourage creativity and develop thinking. Steiner Education seeks to recognise the individuality of the child, and through a balanced education, allows them to go out into the world in confidence” ( Courtesy of www.trinitygps.sa.edu.au)

The Steiner Curriculum is approved by ACARA, the governing body for curriculum in Australia. It is one of only 3 alternative curriculums approved by ACARA, (along with Montessori and International Baccalaureate.) This means that these curriculums are well-established national curriculum frameworks which deliver comparable educational outcomes for students as those based on the Australian Curriculum.

Steiner Education is an holistic education. The approach is always from whole to the parts, the concrete to the abstract, so that learning takes place in an integrated way. Subjects are studied in relation to each other so that students perceive their unity, rather than splitting them into separate compartments..

Typically the day is divided into three parts with the Main Lesson taught in the morning followed by the Practice Lessons and Specialist Lessons.The Main Lesson subjects include English, History, Science and Maths presented through given themes.

Practice Lessons are built on the Main Lesson content and expand understanding.
Specialist Lessons include Craft, Languages Other Than English, Gardening, Specialist Music, Games and Sport, etc.


Steiner Education is sometimes called Waldorf Education and is based on the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner. Steiner Education is interdisciplinary and aims to school the head, heart and hands through a balanced approach to cognitive, socio-emotional and active experiential learning. This approach fosters the development of understanding rather than memorisation.