Curriculum covers all the arrangements the school makes for students’ development and learning. It includes the course content, student activities, teaching approaches, the way in which teachers and classes are organised and decisions on the need for and the use of facilities and resources.
Our school encourages its students to strive for excellence in all of their endeavours. To achieve this, the school provides sequential teaching and learning programs that deliver a comprehensive, broadly based and inclusive curriculum.
Each year the school will map out its curriculum offerings. It will be in the form of a Curriculum Plan (see Appendix A).
- Our school will recognise and respond to diverse student needs when developing its curriculum programs and curriculum plan (see Appendix A).
- Our school will comply with all DET guidelines about the length of student instruction time required in Victorian schools.
- The Victorian Curriculum is the foundation document for all teacher planning.
- The Department of Education and Training places a high priority on the teaching of Physical and Sport Education, LOTE and EAL. Our school also places a high priority on the teaching of these learning areas.
- School curriculum programs are designed to enhance effective learning.
- Teaching and learning programs will be resourced through Program Budgets.
- Our school will provide a variety of programs that will address the specific needs of students in relation to gender, special learning needs, disabilities and impairments, giftedness and students from language backgrounds other than English.
- Our school will identify and cater for the different needs of particular cohorts of students when developing its curriculum plan.
- Our school when developing its curriculum plan will provide at least 25 hours student instruction per week.
The teachers will determine the curriculum program for the following year, based on student interests, the ‘Four Year Inquiry Study’ planner and the needs of the school’s curriculum plan to maintain balance.
The Victorian curriculum will be used as a framework for curriculum development and delivery at years Foundation to 6 in accordance with DET policy and guidelines. Teachers will also access National Curriculum Scope and Sequence statements for guidance and reference.
- To facilitate this implementation, curriculum documents, assessment criteria and record keeping templates will be produced that reflect the Victorian Curricukum achievement standards.
- The DET requirements related to the teaching of Physical Education, Sports Education, LOTE and EAL will continue to be implemented.
- The use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) will be integrated across the curriculum to support the improvement of teaching and learning outcomes.
- Middle Years of schooling approaches will continue to be developed and implemented.
- In developing its curriculum plan the school will provide a broad range of teaching and learning approaches to ensure improved student outcomes.
- Unit leaders will be required to review their policy statement and prepare a comprehensive annual program budget and submit these to the principal who will present them to School Council.
- Unit leaders will meet regularly to track whole school data and identify potential curriculum areas that require focus. Data analysed will include, but is not limited to: NAPLAN, school based testing, VCCA On-Line testing, teacher judgments based on learning outcomes in the Australian National Curriculum and Victorian Curriculum.
- Student learning outcomes data will be reported in the Annual Report to the School Community provided to the DET, and also available on the State Register maintained by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.