BAS’ curriculum derives directly from the Australian Curriculum learning areas, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities. It is the relationship between these dimensions that provides the flexibility for the school to promote personalised learning.
The Junior and Senior schools operate differently, with some shared and some different classes.
Barrett core classes include Junior English, Junior Mathematics, and Critical and Creative Thinking Skills.
These subjects are complemented by whole-school, afternoon ‘electives’ in the Australian Curriculum learning areas of Visual Art, Drama, Health and Wellbeing, Integrated Studies, HPE and STEM projects.
Each subject aligns to a junior year or band level and is continually differentiated, informed by school data for appropriateness to content, purpose and student cohort, specifically targeting personal and social capabilities and school readiness. This foregrounds and enables student ability to engage in external locations. Although these subjects are not assessed, all general capabilities and cross curriculum priorities are accessed throughout these subjects.
Across time and with increasing wellness, students access an individualised curriculum more reflective of their base school. This curriculum is usually Australian Curriculum (occasionally QCIA or VET) in origin and adjusted and differentiated by BAS staff. Work is delivered by BAS and assessed and reported on by that school.
BAS also provides Outreach services for students who are able to attend their base school with a negotiated curriculum. BAS staff are able to provide the base school and student with advisory services.