This pre-test activity serves two purposes:Practice ‘what we preach’ – what’s the knowledge base of participants/learners?Activates existing knowledge and orients participants to the focus of the Australian Curriculum
Learning areas contain content and standard statements.Currently the general capabilities identify a continua of student development with respect to knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions at years 2, 6 and 10.ACARA is currently extending these continua to include statements at two-year intervals, beginning at Foundation (F) – this will more closely align the capabilities associated with the interdisciplinary and physical, personal and social domains within VELS. See slide 48 for further details.The cross-curriculum priorities do not have their own set of content and standards, but rather they indicate the nature of special attention that is given within the learning areas. They are embedded in the learning areas, but for each priority there are key organising elements that could be used by schools as conceptual lenses when planning learning programs.
AusVELS will be phased in over the next three years, starting with F – 10 English, Science, History and Mathematics in 2013. For 2014, it is anticipated that Geography and The Arts will be ready for implementation. The question marks indicate a level of uncertainty about scheduled timelines being met. For example, Languages is scheduled to be implemented in 2014 but this maybe extended to 2015. The Technologies, Health and PE, Business and economics and Civics and citizenship subjects are scheduled to be implemented in 2015 but this maybe extended to 2016. These implementation decisions are contingent on the curriculum development progress made by ACARA. The VCAA will continue to support schools implementing the AusVELS curriculum, including the early release of new AusVELS learning areas prior to their implementation, to assist schools in their curriculum planning.
AusVELS is a single coherent curriculum for years F-10 that incorporates the Australian Curriculum as well as VELS domains.This will continue until all Australian Curriculum studies are developed and will replace the VELS domains content.AusVELS provides one framework for curriculum and reporting purposes during this development period.
There are achievement standards at levels F to 10.There are no achievement standards at level 10A.10A contains additional content suitable as preparation for students proceeding to ‘Methods’ or ‘Specialist’ VCE pathways.There are content descriptions for the strands of Number and algebra, Measurement and geometry and Statistics and probability.An indication of the focus and emphasis for each of the proficiency strands is stated in each level description.The coloured cell in the Level column indicates that from 2013, government and Catholic schools will report student progress in Mathematics from Foundation (F) to their sectors. This is the same requirement as VELS.
A focus on Mathematics
INTRODUCTIONResearch by Nuthall, 2005, shows half (andperhaps more) of all material taught in any classis already known by the students.(Nuthall, The cultural myths and realities of classroom teachingand learning: a personal journey? in Teachers CollegeRecord, 107 (5), 902-903)Pre-test activity…
What is the Australian Curriculum?LEARNING AREAS/ SUBJECTDISCIPLINESGENERAL CAPABILITIESCROSS-CURRICULUMPRIORITIESo Englisho Mathematicso Scienceo Health and physicaleducationo Languageso Humanities and socialsciences(History, Geography, Civicsand citizenship, Businessand economics)o The Artso Technologies (Design andDigital technologies)o Critical and creativethinkingo Personal and socialcapabilityo Interculturalunderstandingo Ethical behaviouro Literacyo Numeracyo ICTo Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander historiesand cultureso Asia and Australia’sengagement with Asiao Sustainability
Introducing AusVELS – Excellent source of informationhttp://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/foundation10/curriculum/intro.html
There are three content strands. They are:*Number and Algebra*Measurement and Geometry*Statistics and Probability.They describe what is to be taught and learnt.
*The proficiency strands are:Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning.*They describe HOW content is explored or developed, that is,the thinking and doing of mathematics.*They provide the language to build in the developmentalaspects of the learning of mathematics and have beenincorporated into the content descriptions of the three contentstrands.*The proficiency strands describe the actions in which studentscan engage when learning and using the content.
Can you place thecontent descriptorsof Number andPlace Value into theappropriate levels?
1. How knowledgeable are you in regards to AusVELS?2. What obvious changes did you identify when looking atthe Number and Place Value scope and sequence?3. How do you feel about these changes?4. What are the implications to our teaching?5. What may be a goal for you in preparation for theimplementation of AusVELS in 2013?
Aligned Australian Curriculum Resources(Mathematics) can be accessed directly throughScootle(www.scootle.edu.au/ec/curriculum?learningarea=%22Mathematics%22&menu=3).Scootle is an online repository, managed by EducationServices Australia (ESA). Currently it has over 10,000digital resources, with a range of these resourcesbeing progressively aligned to the relevant learningarea of the Australian Curriculum.