Integrated Curriculum

In 2016 we introduced Curiosity Hour across the school as a means to teach students the skills they will need in the future. With the rapidly increasing accessibility to knowledge through digital devices, knowing facts is not one of the most important skills we can teach students. There are certain facts and skills we need to operate in our daily lives, specialist knowledge for our workplace and facts which give us a construct for who we are such as pride in the history of our culture but there are also ‘soft skills’ we all need to live successful lives both personally and professionally. These skills are harder to define and measure but are observable and able to be reflected upon. Skills such as researching, organising and evaluating information, solving complex problems, collaborating with others and having your ideas heard, conflict resolution, critical thinking, time management and organisational skills, presenting to others and leadership are just some of personal skills needed and identified in the capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum. Curiosity Hour is supported more by the teacher in the younger years and then there is a gradual release of responsibility so that the questions and how they will be answered is mostly student driven in the senior classrooms. Teachers work with the students to determine their goals after reflecting on the success or otherwise of previous projects and assessment of progress towards these goals are the joint responsibility of the student and teacher. Students of all ages love this learning opportunity. 

 

In summary we want the students to:

  1. Work cooperatively with others to develop skills of listening, teamwork, empathy and collaboration
  2. Develop a life-long disposition for intelligent thinking
  3. Express their opinions, feelings and understandings about a range of age appropriate knowledge, skills and behaviours
  4. Continuously reflect on themselves as learners, with a view to continuous improvement that is individualised and targeted to meet negotiated goals
  5. Develop a social conscience that enables them to take responsibility for their actions
  6. Develop critical thinking skills that can be applied in context in order to reduce ambiguity to solve problems and clarify understanding
  7. Think creatively in order to see beyond the obvious and to design innovative products and ideas

 

Big Concepts to be studied across all year levels over the two year cycle

Odd YearTerm 1 – CommunityTerm 2 – SustainabilityTerm 3 – Social JusticeTerm 4 – Creativity
Foundation Sharing And Caring Our Sustainable World Fairness And Friendship Topsy Turvy Tales
Levels 1 & 2 Places And Spaces Tip Toe Through Our World Celebrating Multiculturalism Robot Buddies
Levels 3 & 4 First Contact Look At What We Have Got In Their Shoes Preparing The Stage
Levels 5 & 6 Making Democracy Think Global, Act Local Care For The Kids Bizarre Bazaar
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Even YearTerm 5 – IdentityTerm 6 – ChangeTerm 7 – DiscoveryTerm 8 – Connections
Foundation Shaping Identity The Changing World The Bridge And Beyond Great And Small
Levels 1 & 2 Growing Older And Wiser Stimulating Science Light And Sound Through Generations
Levels 3 & 4 The Game Of Life Looking Backwards And Forwards Forces And Functions Our Island Home
Levels 5 & 6 Ethics And Emotions Museums In Motion The Journey To Discovery Data And Decisions

 

 

Victorian Curriculum

The Victorian Curriculum F–10 includes both knowledge and skills. These are defined by learning areas and capabilities. This curriculum design assumes that knowledge and skills are transferrable across the curriculum and therefore are not duplicated. For example, where skills and knowledge such as asking questions, evaluating evidence and drawing conclusions are defined in Critical and Creative Thinking, these are not duplicated in other learning areas such as History or Health and Physical Education. It is expected that the skills and knowledge defined in the capabilities will be developed, practised, used and demonstrated by students in and through their learning across the curriculum.

The Learning Areas and Capabilities which are a focus during Integrated Studies and Curiosity Hour are:

Learning AreasCapabilities

 

The Humanities

  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics and Business
  • Geography
  • History

Science

Design and Technology

Digital Technologies

Critical and Creative Thinking

Ethical

Intercultural

Personal and Social

 

 

Science

Our Science Program promotes inquiry and application.

Areas students from Foundation to Year 6 study include:

StrandsScience UnderstandingScience Inquiry Skills
Sub-strands Science as a human endeavour Questioning and predicting
Biological sciences Planning and conducting
Chemical sciences Recording and processing
Earth and space sciences Analysing and evaluating
Physical sciences Communicating

 

 

Further Information

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