Primary School Curriculum

Curriculum

When your child enters the Primary School at VISS, whilst English literacy and Mathematics are of prime importance, there is a strong focus on enjoyment of learning, as each child is encouraged to explore, discover and learn about their world. Young children are inherently curious about the world around them, and during the Primary School years at VISS, your child’s enthusiasm and curiosity will be nurtured, through a well-planned, sequential program of learning that is both rigorous and challenging.

The curriculum at VISS is based on the Australian Curriculum (Victorian) and has been updated to suit the local context and the needs of individual students. Foundation to Grade 10 are organised around three general categories with different subjects and areas of learning in each category. The three strands are as follows:

Discipline-based Learning

Students learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the arts, English, humanities, mathematics, science and other languages.

Interdisciplinary Learning

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.

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.

In the Primary School, which includes students from Prep (foundation year) to Grade 5, your child will learn to use essential knowledge, skills and behavior’s in a range of new and challenging ways, with the goal to apply them to differing contexts. The key is mastering the critical reading, writing, mathematical and thinking skills.

In the AusVELS framework, these priorities (in the table below) are not treated as separate areas of learning. Rather, these priorities illustrate how learning can be integrated across the subjects to enable and ensure students connect their learning with important issues in modern-day society. In addition, your child will engage in a variety of other rich learning experiences including Art, Music and Health and Physical Education, Islamic (if required) and Arabic. Students are also being offered co-curricular activities including ballet, swimming, instrumental music and sports, such as karate and football.
 

PHYSICAL, PERSONAL AND SOCIAL LEARNING

DISCIPLINE-BASED LEARNING

INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING

Civics and Citizenship

  • Civic knowledge and understanding
  • Community engagement

The Arts

  • Creating and making
  • Exploring and responding

Communication

  • Listening, viewing and responding
  • Presenting

Health and Physical Education

  • Movement and physical activity
  • Health knowledge and promotion

English

  • Reading and viewing
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening

Design, Creativity and Technology

  • Investigating and designing
  • Producing
  • Analysing and evaluating

Interpersonal Development

  • Building social relationships
  • Working in teams

The Humanities

  • Humanities knowledge and understanding
  • Humanities skills

Information and Communications Technology

  • ICT for visual thinking
  • ICT for creating
  • ICT for communicating

Personal Learning

  • The individual learner
  • Managing personal learning

The Humanities – Economics

  • Economic knowledge and understanding
  • Economic reasoning and interpretation

Thinking Processes

  • Reasoning, processing and inquiry
  • Creativity
  • Reflection, evaluation and metacognition
 

The Humanities – Geography

  • Geographic knowledge and understanding
  • Geographical skills
 
 

The Humanities – History

  • Historical Knowledge and Understanding
  • Historical Skills
 
 

Languages

  • Communicating in a language other than English
  • Intercultural knowledge and language awareness
 
 

Mathematics

  • Number and Algebra
  • Measurement and Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability
 

 

The AusVELS structure encourages teachers to use the curriculum to appropriately target the learning level of each individual student in a class. This reflects the considerable body of research that shows that in any typical mixed ability class, students will demonstrate a range of abilities that spans approximately five school levels. The design of the curriculum as an eleven-point continuum of learning is intended to encourage schools and teachers to use the full continuum to more effectively monitor and provide feedback to students on their learning.

The Australian Curriculum (Victorian) has been written to equip young students with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to engage effectively with and prosper in a globalised world. Students will gain personal and social benefits, be better equipped to make sense of the world in which they live and make an important contribution to building the social, intellectual and creative capital of their world.