Curriculum- Specialist Subjects

Subjects taught by a specialist teacher at Salisbury Heights Primary School include:

  • Science and Technologies
  • The Arts – Music, Drama and Dance
  • Health and Physical Education  
  • Languages – AUSLAN 



At SHPS, Science is delivered by a specialist teacher. 

Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world. The knowledge it produces has proved to be a reliable basis for action in our personal, social and economic lives. Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems. Science aims to understand a large number of observations in terms of a much smaller number of broad principles. Science knowledge is contestable and is revised, refined and extended as new evidence arises. 



  • Design and Technologies 
  • Digital Technologies 

Technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally.  

The Australian Curriculum: Technologies aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students: 

  • investigate, design, plan, manage, create and evaluate solutions 
  • are creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies 
  • make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies  
  • engage confidently with and responsibly select and manipulate appropriate technologies  
  • critique, analyse and evaluate problems, needs or opportunities to identify and create solutions. 


The Arts- Music


In the Australian Curriculum, The Arts is a learning area that draws together related but distinct art forms. While these art forms have close relationships and are often used in interrelated ways, each involves different approaches to arts practices and critical and creative thinking that reflect distinct bodies of knowledge, understanding and skills. The curriculum examines past, current and emerging arts practices in each art form across a range of cultures and places. 

One of the Arts subjects is Music 

At SHPS, Music is delivered by a specialist teacher. 

The Arts 

Health and Physical Education 

HEALTH and P.E. 

At SHPS, Health and P.E are delivered by specialist teachers. 

In Health and Physical Education, students develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding to strengthen their sense of self, and build and manage satisfying, respectful relationships. They learn to build on personal and community strengths and assets to enhance safety and wellbeing. They critique and challenge assumptions and stereotypes. Students learn to navigate a range of health-related sources, services and organisations. 

At the core of Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively. Students acquire an understanding of how the body moves and develop positive attitudes towards physical activity participation. They develop an appreciation of the significance of physical activity, outdoor recreation and sport in Australian society and globally.  

Health and Physical Education

Languages - AUSLAN 

Languages is designed to enable all students to engage in learning a language in addition to English. Languages recognises the features that languages share as well as the distinctiveness of specific languages. At Salisbury Heights Primary School, AUSLAN is the language offered to students within their classroom setting, by additional, trained staff.