ALIA Schools Online Forum: Victorian Curriculum – Day 2

Victorian Curriculum

Learning Areas

Welcome to the second day of our online forum focusing on The Victorian Curriculum F-10.

Today we ask participants to take some time to explore the Learning Areas of the new curriculum. Following this we encourage you to make a related post. For example you may like to highlight some key similarities or differences between this and the Australian Curriculum or provide an example of how you use the curriculum in your school.

We look forward to reading your responses.

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2 thoughts on “ALIA Schools Online Forum: Victorian Curriculum – Day 2

  1. I have spent some time having a look at the site and find the detailed Curriculum tab provides full access to each Learning Area. I have had a good look at History to give myself an idea of how similar the approach and topics are to the Australian Curriculum. It is good to notice that topics seems to be similar to Australian Curriculum at each level. The language is similar but nuanced. I know we often have the feeling of “here we go again” and yet every time I get involved in curriculum review I find myself looking more at the “how” we communicate than the “what”. It makes me reflect on my teaching.

    I also like the Curriculum Planning Resource area and they way it provides ways for schools or faculty areas to approach their review. This is divided by School, Curriculum Area, Year level and Unit/Lesson. It gives tools to look at how schools and Faculty leaders can plan sequence throughout the school. Worth a look.

    As library staff we need to have a view of all curriculum areas in terms of how we resource them so we need to be involved and actively show interest with faculties and curriculum planners in the process of implementing this in our schools.

  2. The Victorian Curriculum F – 10

    The Science curriculum

    One effect of successfully implementing the Science curriculum is that students will have an ability to develop scientific knowledge and skills. Students will then have a capacity to make informed choices about global, national and local issues.

    How school libraries can enhance the implementation of the Science curriculum:

    School library staff can make available to students, print and electronic resources relating to concepts covered in the Science curriculum. Such resources would pertain to scientific knowledge and scientific skills. For example, the school library could stock a range of periodicals to provide opportunities for students to become aware of scientific issues currently affecting the globe, nation and local area.

    In my school library, there are a number of resources that cover scientific knowledge and skills. Such resources include: the database “Gale Student Resources in Context”, newspapers and science magazines. These magazines are “Cosmos”, “Chem13news” and “New Scientist”.

    The Science curriculum also has a role in promoting to students, careers that involve science. School libraries could feature a range of resources that expose students to jobs that relate to science.

    The Victorian Curriculum F – 10 has been arranged into a number of Scope and Sequence charts. School library staff may wish to print these charts and refer to them when selecting appropriate resources for their school library.

    It would be great to hear from you – please feel free to share below, ideas about how your school library could continue to assist students in learning about issues covered in the Science curriculum.

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