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 comprises:

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:


·      Letters & Sounds (Kindy – Yr 2)

·      Words Their Way (Yr 2 – 6)

·      Nelson Literacy Direction Comprehension Boxes (Yr 3 - 6)

·      Making Connections (Yr 1 – 6)

·      Floppy Phonics (Kindy – Yr 2)

·      Sheena Cameron Handbooks

·      Key Links Shared Reading ( Kindy – Yr 2)

·      Oxford Literacy Guided Reading and Assessment (Pre-Primary – Year 6)

·      Assorted Home Readers ie Dandelion



·      Hands on equipment to support WA Curriculum

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

·      Matific - Research-based Math activities, worksheets and word problems, designed for critical thinking and conceptual         understanding. Encourages risk free discovery and curiosity

·      Automatic or teacher-driven assignments to students

·      Alligned to WA curriculum, designed by curriculum experts

·      Set all the student level

.       Talk for Writing


·      Primary Connections

·      Teacher Guides available through Scootle.

·      Stem Kits

Science and STEAM 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 and exciting to live in.

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

"Primary Connections: Linking science with literacy 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 for teaching 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 in both years since the school came into existence.

We are also excited to announce that as of 2019, 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 a business she owns with her husband, Cameron. 

 Rachel will be working with the year five and six class on Mondays, providing some real-world context to the learning experiences and assisting students to analyse data generated from their experiments.

Deputy Principal, Alecia Lusted enjoying a science lesson with the students
Students enjoying science activities