Carnaby Rise Primary School follows
the Western Australian Curriculum which encompasses components of the
Australian curriculum. This sets out the knowledge, understandings, skills,
values and attitudes that students are expected to acquire. The curriculum has
a twenty-first century focus which includes three cross curriculum priorities
and seven general capabilities.

The West Australian Curriculum

1.    The Early Years Learning Framework

2.    Kindergarten and Curriculum Guidelines

3.    Pre-Primary to Year 10 Curriculum

It is important that as a school our teaching and learning program is supported by evidence based strategies. The
aim of Carnaby Rise Primary School is to use a number of strategies to guide our teaching and learning. The following will be a focus of Carnaby Rise moving into the future:

1.    Whole Planning Approaches

2.    Use of data and other evidence related to student performance

3.    Case Management

4.    AITSL Standards

5.    Teacher Leaders and Mentors

6.    Literacy and Numeracy Blocks

7.    First Steps Guided Reading and Mental Calculation Strategies

8.    Collaborative Processes

9.    Staff Capacity Building

10. Tablet Technology

11. Parent Capacity Building


The following resources will be utilised to complement the teaching and learning program:


-Heggerty Phonemic Awareness (K-P)

- Letters and Sounds (K-2)
- Words Their Way (3 – 6)

- LLL Decodable Readers and Assessment (K-P)

- Mini Lit (Yr 1)

- Seven steps to writing (2, 3 & 4)

- RAZ kids (Yr 4)

- Co-operative Reading (Yr 5 & 6)

- Nelson Literacy Direction Comprehension Boxes

- Assorted Home Readers ie Dandelion


- Hands-on equipment, concrete materials and manipulatives to support WA Curriculum

- First Steps and additional resources available to teachers on the Education Department Portal

- Mathletics - is aligned to WA Curriculum

- Provides students with challenges, activities and tasks that are designed for critical thinking and conceptual understanding

- Caters for the mathematics proficiency strands -understanding, fluency, reasoning and problem solving

- Student driven or teacher driven tasks for students

- Allows for differentiation for student learning across various levels and learning targets


Science and STEM learning at Carnaby Rise Primary School is full of excitement and discovery about both the world around us and the technology which makes our world more liveable.

At Carnaby Rise, we use Primary Connections to teach Science.  A word from the creators of Primary Connections:

“Primary Connections is the Australian Academy of Science's flagship primary school science program. It is an innovative approach to teaching and learning which aims to enhance primary school teachers' confidence and confidence forteaching science."

Science at Carnaby is taught using a cooperative learning model. Students work collaboratively to solve problems with relevance to the real world in a sustainable way.  Events such as Science Week, astronomy nights and exciting incursions ensure that learning experiences in Science at our school can be seen in a real world context.

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) program at Carnaby is both embedded within classroom practice and taught explicitly. Students learn about robotics, coding and computational thinking.  The school has proudly displayed student work at the Ashdale Secondary College STEM Expo every year since the school came into existence.

Carnaby Rise also has a Scientist in Residence, Rachel Scadding, who is a parent of two students at our school.  Rachel is currently an active scientist who works at a very high level in scientific businesses she owns and manages with her husband, Cameron. 

Rachel leads and attends Science classes every term, providing real-world context to the learning experiences and assisting students to analyse data generated from their experiments.  Rachel also assists with planning and implementing Science Week at our school every year, leading activities as well as providing career talks for prospective scientists in years five and six.

Learning about microscopes at Microscopes Club.
Mrs Rachel Scadding leading a chemical science class.
Year 6 students learning about chemical change.