AusVELS incorporates the Australian Curriculum F-10 for English, Mathematics, History and Science within the curriculum framework first developed for the Victorian curriculum – Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). In the implementation phase this year our Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) have worked towards ensuring learning focus and content areas align with the Australian Curriculum.
The AusVELS curriculum describes three interconnected strands of learning, they are:
Physical, Personal and Social Learning
Students learn about themselves and their place in society. They learn how to stay healthy and active. Students develop skills in building social relationships and working with others. They take responsibility for their learning, and learn about their rights and responsibilities as global citizens. Health and Physical Education, Interpersonal Development, Personal Development and Civics and Citizenship are the core subjects in this strand.
Students learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the following key subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, The Humanities – History, Geography and Economics, the Arts and other languages which at Canterbury PS is Chinese – Mandarin.
Students explore different ways of thinking, solving problems and communicating. They learn to use a range of technologies to plan, analyse, evaluate and present their work. Students learn about creativity, design principles and processes. Communication, Thinking Curriculum, Design, Creativity and Technology and Information and Communication Technology are the core subjects in this strand.
The Australian Curriculum has been written to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to engage and prosper in a globalised world. To this end the AC includes three
cross-curriculum priorities which are embedded in all learning areas.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
- Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia
They will have a strong but varying presence depending on their relevance to the learning areas .In the AusVELS framework, these priorities are not treated as separate areas of learning. There is no curriculum content located under these priorities that is additional to the curriculum content defined in the curriculum domains. Rather, these priorities illustrate how learning can be integrated across the subjects to enable and ensure students connect their learning with important issues in contemporary society.
The teachers at Canterbury PS plan and teach in teams to deliver an integrated approach to curriculum with a particular emphasis on ensuring strong skills in literacy and numeracy
For more information about AusVELS, please visit the AusVELS website
Across the school in each of the teaching teams, zoning of learning occurs in Mathematics (Number) and elements of English (Reading, Writing and Spelling). Students are zoned in groups according to their point of learning need. Teachers in each of the teaching teams work with groups of students with similar learning needs, providing very targeted and specific lessons at their zone of proximal development (ZPD). This is the point at which intervention for the group of students will have its greatest impact, the point at which the students are most ready to learn. Assessment is used to zone and rezone students into fluid, flexible groups and is a starting point rather than the end result of learning. Zoned learning occurs within a developmental continuum rather than at levels. Teachers at Canterbury Primary School work very closely to plan, teach and monitor the learning of each student ensuring the next stage of learning is identified and catered for.