Whole-school curriculum documents cascade through the four interrelated layers of School, Curriculum Area, Year Level, and Unit/Lessons.
Whilst each layer within curriculum planning can be viewed separately, the aim of whole-school curriculum planning is being able to view the interrelationships between the layers. This enables teaching and learning programs to be developed and reviewed from different perspectives, ensuring curriculum coverage.
The process of whole-school curriculum planning can start with whichever layer the school determines is appropriate, but ultimately the school needs all four layers completed to ensure the curriculum is delivered for all students and reflects local decisions, resources and priorities.
The examples offered are indicative of the types of documents schools prepare but are not prescriptive or definitive.
The examples are a resource for schools to:
- compare existing documentation to identify strengths, areas for improvement and alternative approaches
- adopt these examples
- adapt and create their own templates/formats to suit the local contexts
The VCAA will add new examples of curriculum planning documentation as examples become available.