Curriculum

 

Children learningThe skills, attitudes and knowledge we expect children to acquire during their time at Ainslie Parklands are guided by the Victorian Curriculum. This is the official planning framework devised by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

 

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 incorporates the Australian Curriculum and reflects Victorian priorities and standards.

 

We work to equip children with the capacities to manage themselves and their relations with others to understand the world, and act effectively in our world.

 

The Victorian Curriculum includes both knowledge and skills. These are defined by learning areas and capabilities. Each of the learning areas provides and is defined by a unique way of seeing, understanding and engaging with the world. For the Arts, the Humanities and the Technologies, students engage in and through disciplines. Capabilities, are defined as a set of discrete knowledge and skills that can and should be taught explicitly in and through the learning areas, but are not fully defined by any of the learning areas or disciplines. The four capabilities in the Victorian Curriculum are: Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical, Intercultural and Personal and Social.

 

For more detailed information, please visit http://victoriancurriculum.vcaa.vic.edu.au

 

Project-based learning

 

Much of our work is based around projects which are multi-disciplinary and integrated. We base these projects around throughlines. Throughlines are overarching goals, big ideas or concepts which describe the most important understandings that students will develop over time. Throughlines can also be expressed as overarching questions and provide a ‘big picture’ for students to make connections with what is learned in school and beyond.

 

During 2017, APPS Staff are revisiting our existing throughlines and re-developing these to meet the needs of the future.  Stay tuned!

 

See “What’s It all about?” and “Project-based learning” for further information.