CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK

Purpose

The purpose of this framework is to outline Chum Creek Primary School’s organisation, implementation and review of curriculum and teaching practices and to ensure that, taken as a whole, all eight learning areas are substantially addressed, unless an exemption applies. The framework shows, at a high level, how the school will deliver its curriculum, how the curriculum and teaching practice will be reviewed, how we assess student learning, and when and how we report to parents.

overview

Chum Creek Primary School provides all students with a planned and structured curriculum to equip them with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to complete their schooling and to make a successful transition from school to work, training or further education.

Chum Creek Primary School is committed to offering a comprehensive curriculum based on the Victorian Curriculum F-10. The key points in this framework, and in line with the F–10 Revised Curriculum Planning and Reporting Guidelines, are a commitment to:

·         A defined curriculum content as the basis for student learning

·         Curriculum planning that is based on two-year bands of schooling rather than each year level

·         Developing and publishing a separate whole-school curriculum plan that documents our teaching and learning program

·         Reporting student learning against the achievement standards in the curriculum

·         Reporting student learning to students and parents in line with the Department’s Reporting Student Achievement and Progress Foundation to 10 policy.

Chum Creek Primary 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 culturally inclusive curriculum.

Implementation

Chum Creek Primary School implements its curriculum based on provision needs and departmental policy requirements. Input will be sought from the relevant staff in the curriculum area when determining programs for the following school year. Chum Creek Primary School follows whole school Curriculum Approaches in Mathematics & English. Delivery in classrooms is through a whole school Instructional Model. Overviews of our whole school approaches are available in our Essential Documents. The DET requirements related to the teaching of Languages, Physical and Sports Education, and New Arrivals Program / English as an Additional Language (EAL) will continue to be implemented. The use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) will be integrated across the curriculum to support the improvement of teaching and learning outcomes and adheres to DET’s School Policy & Advisory Guide ‘Using Digital Technologies to Support Learning and Teaching’.

At Chum Creek Primary School class time is structured into a weekly timetable, with 5 hours of learning per day, broken into five 60-minute sessions. A breakdown of time allocated to each learning area is documented below:

Domain

Hours Per Week

English

10

Mathematics

5

Sciences

1

The arts

2

Languages

1

Physical Education/Sport

2

Information and communication technology, and design and technology

2

Inquiry

1

Assembly/Values

1

Total

25

 

Pedagogy

Core Systemic Principles of our Pedagogical Framework are:
1.Student-centred planning
2.High expectations
3.Alignment of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
4.Evidence-based decision making
5.Safe, supportive, connected and inclusive learning environment.
6.Targeted and scaffolded instruction
Based on this the pedagogical approach a successful Chum Creek Primary School student is:

·         Confident and motivated for a life time of learning;

·         Considerate and respectful of others;

·         A positive contributor to school and community:

·         Demonstrates our school values.

Reporting

Chum Creek Primary School reports student progress to parents in line with the Department’s Reporting Student Achievement and Progress Foundation to 10 policy.

At Chum Creek Primary School student reports are sent home at the end of Semesters 1 and 2, at which time parents are invited to meet with class teachers to discuss individual student programs and progress.

ASSESSMENT

Our School Improvement Team will meet at least once per term to track whole school data and identify curriculum areas that potentially require focus. As part of weekly meetings staff will track level data and identify curriculum areas that potentially require focus.

Data analysed for assessment will include but is not limited to:

·         NAPLAN

·         On Demand

·         Running Records

·         Formative assessment

·         Summative assessment

·         Conferencing/conferring

·         Pre- and post-tests on Essential Assessment

·         Phoneme/grapheme correspondence checklist

·         Phonemic awarenesss screening

·         Reading fluency

·         Reading comprehension

·         Other school based testing

·         other teacher judgements based on learning outcomes in the Victorian Curriculum.

curriculum and teaching practice review

School curriculum and teaching practice is reviewed against the Framework for Improving of Student Outcomes (FISO). FISO and the FISO improvement cycle help identify focus areas for improvement and to evaluate the impact of introduced initiatives. This evaluation is completed through the Strategic Planning Online Tool (SPOT) and it directly influences school direction in the form of what goals are set in the School Strategic Plan (SSP) and Annual Implementation Plan (AIP).

Chum Creek Primary School reviews its curriculum plans at whole school and year levels annually.

Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

Chum Creek Primary School uses PLCs to create a culture that is:

·         focussed on continuous improvement by linking the learning needs of students with the professional learning and practice of teachers

·         committed to professionalism

·         fuelled by collaborative expertise.

PLCs help our teachers to evaluate the effect of high impact teaching strategies as well as trialling new curriculum plans.

Performance and Development Plan (PDP)

The Performance and Development cycle is designed to:

·         support Chum Creek Primary School in meeting its responsibilities to students, parents and to government through linking employee performance with achievement of school and government policies and targets

·         provide feedback on performance which will support ongoing learning and development of employees with a focus on ways in which student learning can be improved

·         provide a supportive environment for improving teaching practice

PDP goals are directly aligned to the School Strategic Plan (SSP) and Annual Implementation Plan (AIP), ensuring that collective focus is on advancing common objectives. The PDP process involves a start-of-cycle, mid-cycle, and end-of-cycle review of every teacher, during which teachers have to demonstrate evidence of achievement in the focus areas.

Further information and resources

·         Policy and Advisory Library:

o   Curriculum Programs Foundation to 10

o   Framework for Improving Student Outcomes (FISO)

o   Assessment of Student Achievement and Progress Foundation to 10

o   Digital Learning in Schools

o   Students with Disability

o   Koorie Education

o   Languages Education

o   Physical and Sport Education — Delivery Requirements

o   School Hours (including variation to hours)

 

·         This policy should be read alongside:

o   whole school curriculum plan

POLICY REVIEW AND APPROVAL 

Policy last reviewed 

June 2021

Approved by 

Principal

Next scheduled review date 

June 2025