Curriculum Planning

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Curriculum planning at Eltham North Primary School is based on the delivery of the Victorian Curriculum to all students. Eltham North Primary School believes that collaborative planning of curriculum and its documentation is essential for the school to deliver a comprehensive curriculum program. This aligns with a curriculum scope and sequence that promotes detailed sequential and engaging curriculum delivery.

Core Purpose

The strategic plan defines the core purpose of the school as providing:

  • an inclusive, rigorous learning environment that challenges and engages young people to grow as passionate learners who are connected and motivated, creative and independent, demonstrating social action and values, leadership, resilience and self esteem when interacting with the community.
  • a comprehensive curriculum with a strong focus on literacy and numeracy.
  • Teaching and learning teams that ensure curriculum delivery and planning is monitored and maintained. These teams are responsible for core curriculum development and delivery in English, Maths and an Integrated study program addressing Science and Health.
  • Specialist programs from Foundation to Year 6 are delivered for Physical Education, Visual, Performing Arts, Science, Library and Auslan.
  • Supportive curriculum initiatives and programs include Literacy and Numeracy Support and Extension.

Teaching and learning teams are supported by school improvement teams in literacy, numeracy, ICT, science, welfare, assessment and reporting. A member of each teaching and learning team is represented on the school improvement teams with all team leaders being members of the assessment and reporting school improvement team.

School Leadership Focus

The leadership group is focused on a four year planning cycle and continuous analysis of data sources around school improvement. At this level there is a focus on long term planning around fiscal management, workforce planning and school structures.

Curriculum Development in the School

The school has developed a structured approach to curriculum planning that ensures a shared vision within the school on curriculum development, common documentation and shared understanding of the whole school curriculum by teachers and parents. This is achieved through:

  • Curriculum Development and Planning 
    Our development and planning is based on the strategic plan and the Annual Implementation Plan (a comprehensive planning tool used in government schools to set annual targets for school improvement based on data analysis and the strategic plan). Teachers regularly analyse a range of data including a suite of year level assessments plus NAPLAN and an analysis of school performance data including student, staff and parent surveys.This data then informs curriculum planning to develop a learning program that meets the needs of all students and in line with the Victorian Curriculum.
  • Curriculum and School Improvement Teams 
    Each curriculum area has a SIT leader and teacher from each level of the school. These teams oversee curriculum form a whole school perspective. They develop scope and sequence documents for their curriculum areas. The Assessment and Reporting team develop a school wide assessment schedule for summative and formative assessment. This ensures consistency across the school.

The school improvement teams have detailed action plans that include the review of their curriculum against the new Victorian Curriculum and a particular focus on the implementation of the Australian Curriculum in English and Mathematics.

  • Year Level Planning
    Each year level team collaboratively plans against Victorian Curriculum, School curriculum documentation (such as scope and sequence documents) developed by SIT teams to develop an engaging teaching and learning program for their year level. Teachers use their professional knowledge of the HITS, student developmental growth, data and evidence to create a curriculum program meeting all student needs within the year level cohort.
  • Integrated Curriculum
    In addition to the comprehensive classroom programs offered in English and Maths, an integrated classroom curriculum program addresses the domains of Science, Humanities Design and Technology Civics and Citizenship and Health.
  • Specialist Subjects
    Teachers provide instruction in Physical Education, Visual and Performing Arts, Library, Science and Auslan. Interdisciplinary, personal and social learning are addressed within these domains and supported by a range of Outdoor Education camps and excursion initiatives. The school is an active participant in district sport competitions as well as providing opportunities for students to participate in instrumental music, choir, recorder, brass, guitar, piano, drums and extensive keyboard programs.