Primary Curriculum

The Victorian Curriculum Foundation–10 (F–10) sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship. The Victorian Curriculum F–10 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards.

Curriculum Maps/Yearly Overviews

The following links to documents provides an overview as to what will be taught and the sequence in which it will be taught over the course of the year, in each grade level. The Curriculum Maps/Yearly Overviews show the order of the units within the term, semester or year in each of the Learning Areas. The overviews, also provide information in regards to the Learning Tasks that the students will undertake over the year.

Prep Curriculum Grade 1 Curriculum Grade 2 Curriculum Grade 3 Curriculum Grade 4 Curriculum Grade 5 Curriculum Grade 6 Curriculum

8 Learning Area Domains


  1. English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth & Space)
  4. Humanities (History, Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship)
  5. The Arts
    • Dance
    • Drama
    • Media Arts
    • Music
    • Visual Arts
    • Visual Communication Design
  6. Languages
  7. Health and Physical Education
  8. Technologies (Design and Technologies & Digital Technologies

4 General Capabilities

  1. Critical and creative thinking
  2. Ethical understanding
  3. Intercultural understanding
  4. Personal and Social Capability

English

At Narre Warren South P-12 College we believe all students can achieve high personal standards in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Literacy is an integral part of all areas of the curriculum and a key to success.  We provide engaging and flexible learning programs designed to meet the needs of all individual students these include: Reading Workshop, CAFÉ program, Writing Workshop and a take home book program.

Literacy Goals at Narre Warren South P-12 College

  • Improved student learning outcomes in Literacy
  • Improved teacher confidence and capacity in teaching Literacy
  • Improved student engagement in Literacy

The Reading Workshop is a daily session that runs for one hour and focuses on explicitly teaching reading strategies and skills, which students can apply to their own independent reading. We use the CAFÉ reading strategies to guide our students developing their reading skills in the areas of Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary. CAFÉ is highly personalised and caters for all reading abilities through one to one conferencing and small strategy groups.  Home reading and our take home book program is an important part of our reading culture, students are encouraged to read every night at home to help improve their reading and comprehension skills. The Writing Workshop follows a similar structure with a focus on the ‘6 Traits of Writing’; Ideas, Organisation, Word Choice, Voice, Sentence Fluency and Conventions. It encourages students to take ownership over their learning and write about their interests. Our classrooms provide an environment where students see themselves as writers, are motivated to write on a variety of topics, and are prepared to take risks. Teachers assess and monitor students throughout the year to identify each students needs and plan for literacy teaching and learning accordingly.

Daily 5 and cafe. Cafe is an acronym for Comprehension Accuracy Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary


Literacy Intervention

Literacy Intervention assists students who have been identified as needing additional assistance in their literacy learning. Teachers work one on one or in small group situations to deliver an explicit, needs based, program. A range of hands on and interactive resources are used to address individual student needs and interests.

Classroom Helpers are an integral part of our school community at Narre Warren South P-12 College. They assist with literacy, numeracy, cooking, excursions and sport days/events and are welcome in the classroom.  Classroom Helpers are required to attend a number of education sessions, sign agreements and have a current Working With Children’s Check (WWCC) before they can assist in the classroom. For Literacy tips and ideas go to Parent Involvement on Department of Education & Training website


Mathematics

Numeracy at Narre Warren South P-12 College is all about finding the students point of need and providing explicit instructions in small workshops to ensure that concepts are understood. Our students are then given multiple opportunities to practise, consolidate and apply these skills in a variety of ways. We have a strong commitment to continually look at ways to improve our teaching practices in mathematics through professional development and current research. We are also committed to acquiring the best maths resources to ensure your child has all the tools available to them to excel in mathematics.

Numeracy Goals at Narre Warren South P-12 College

  • Improved student learning outcomes in Mathematics
  • Improved teacher confidence and capacity in teaching Mathematics
  • Improved student engagement in Mathematics

At the core of everything we do is the Department of Education Proficiency Strands which are not separate to but have been embedded in the new Victorian Curriculum:

Understanding. Includes making connections between representations of numbers, using fractions to represent probabilities, comparing and ordering fractions and decimals and representing them in various ways, describing transformations and identifying line and rotational symmetry.

Fluency. Includes choosing appropriate units of measurement for calculation of perimeter and area, using estimation to check the reasonableness of answers to calculations and using instruments to measure angles.

Problem Solving. Includes formulating and solving authentic problems using whole numbers and measurements and creating financial plans.

Reasoning. Includes investigating strategies to perform calculations efficiently, continuing patterns involving fractions and decimals, interpreting results of chance experiments, posing appropriate questions for data investigations and interpreting data sets.

What Do We Do?

  • During Professional Learning Team Meetings (PLTs) student numeracy data is analysed and collaborative discussion determines and informs future learning and the evidence of learning.
  • We have created Mathematics Teaching and Learning Documents, Post-tests, evidence of learning tasks, moderated tasks, and effective strategies for teaching skills.
  • Our Primary Mathematics Assessment schedule is vital in tracking what our students have learnt and what they need to learn. It includes Maths Online Assessment, On Demand Assessment, NAPLAN and our own pre/post assessment tasks.
  • Set Mathematics Learning Targets for each year level, each term and discuss target outcomes.
  • Our Numeracy Leader works with teams and individual teachers, modelling effective practice. Using lesson plans, with a focus on clear learning intentions, success criteria, student reflection and hands on engaging tasks.
  • Provide Professional Development for staff on a variety of Maths concepts, teaching ideas, school priorities in relation to Primary Mathematics, effective teaching of number strategies and what makes a good maths question.
  • Conduct and prepare students for the UNSW Maths Competition. We happily promote our high achievers to put their skills against other students from around Australia.
  • Celebrate mathematics through National Numeracy Week. We also celebrate student learning by holding special assemblies for those students who have shown more than a years learning growth.
  • We encourage our staff in using the wonderful resources we have, eg. iPads, Interactive Whiteboards, Maths with Attitude Task Centres, Oxford Big Ideas resources, Maths Plus resources and Mathletics to name but a few.

Inquiry-Integrated

At NWSP-12 College, we use an Integrated-Inquiry approach to guide planning and teaching in the Humanities and Science subjects. An Integrated-Inquiry approach is advocated by the Victorian Curriculum.

Learning using the Integrated-Inquiry approach involves students to form their own questions about a topic and allows time for students to explore the answers. The Integrated-Inquiry approach allows and encourages students to examine concepts in depth. Concepts are integrated across the curriculum areas and may include links t English and Mathematics. The Inquiry approach is based on the belief that students are powerful learners who must actively engaged in the process of investigating processing, organising, synthesising, refining and extending their knowledge and skills. It also provides opportunities for students to be independent and caters for different levels of understanding and ability. The inquiry process has the potential to develop personal skills including independence, thinking skills, confidence, decision making, cooperative learning and other life skills. Integrated – Inquiry works hand-in-hand with Global Learning and the development of the skills necessary for the 21st Century Global Citizen.

Integrated-Inquiry Scope and Sequence


Global Learners

At Narre Warren South P-12 College we believe that all students, as global citizens, have the capacity and responsibility to make a meaningful and positive impact in their community, their nation and the world in which we live. Living in a global society of immense choice and diversity, the school endeavors to empower children to make decisions that are anchored in firm and positive values that will help them succeed in a world that is increasingly interconnected and cross-cultural. These values enable our students to live effectively as responsible local and global citizens and make the world a better place with their presence. At NWS P-12 College we teach Global Learner Attributes via the 4 General Capabilities. The general capabilities are a key dimension of the Victorian Curriculum. They encompass knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that, together with curriculum content in each learning area and the cross-curriculum priorities, will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century. They play a significant role in realising the goals set out in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA) 2008 that all young people in Australia should be supported to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens.

The Victorian Curriculum includes 4 general capabilities.. These are: Critical and Creative Thinking Capability:
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
Ethical Capability:
  • Principled
Personal and Social Capability:
  • Balanced
  • Communicators
  • Caring
  • Reflective
  • Courageous and Resilient
Intercultural Capability:
  • Open-minded
Students are empowered to make choices that impact on their learning and relationships in a positive way. Their social and emotional wellbeing is paramount, and students are supported to become resilient, compassionate and critical thinkers. This focus is embedded throughout the entire curriculum, where students learning is authentic and transdisciplinary.

Our primary school is committed to fostering ‘global learners’, students who are on a journey to becoming:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Critical thinkers
  • Principled
  • Balanced
  • Open-minded
  • Communicators
  • Caring
  • Reflective
  • Courageous and Resilient
Whilst we are proud of our students’ high levels of academic achievement, it is our focus on developing the ‘whole child’; academic, social, emotional and physical that allows students to truly thrive. Working in partnership with parents and families, students have access to a broad range of curricular and co-curricular opportunities that allow them to grow, identify their strengths and reach their potential. Our primary school is underpinned by a highly professional collaborative teaching culture, where we emphasize engagement in helping prepare students for a less predictable future, one where students will need to be self-motivated, creative and principled in order to succeed and make a positive impact in the world. We are excited in partnering with you to help shape global learners for the 21st century whose skills learned through our interdisciplinary curriculum will help them become responsible local and global citizens.