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Curriculum planning

Whole-school curriculum planning plays a key role in enabling schools to deliver the F–10 curriculum for all students and reflects the decisions, resources and priorities of the school. As part of a comprehensive whole-school plan, schools are asked to consider the extent to which they have documented their teaching and learning plan for each curriculum area across the years of schooling to support a progression of learning.

More information and advice is available from the Curriculum Planning Resource website.

Curriculum mapping templates

Mapping identifies the extent of curriculum coverage in units of work and clearly links teaching, learning and assessment while working with the curriculum continuum. Mapping templates support teachers to identify where content descriptions and achievement standards are being explicitly addressed within the school’s teaching and learning program.

Music: Curriculum mapping templates


Indicative Progress

An important aspect of curriculum planning is being able to articulate what student progress looks like, using the achievement standards in the curriculum continuum.

To support teachers to tie together what is being taught and how progress between achievement standards is described and demonstrated, the notion of "indicative progress" emerged.

Developing Indicative Progress descriptions during the planning phase will assist teachers to explain the learning expectations to the students, and assess and report student achievement.

Indicative Progress templates (below) have been developed for all levels/bands within each curriculum area, and are made available as:

  • primary levels - covering Foundation level through to Level 7 or band 7-8
  • secondary levels - beginning at level 6 or band 5-6.

This structure is to support planning with a focus on student progression along the curriculum continuum and encourage primary schools to explore the extension into higher levels and secondary schools to consider the lower levels to scaffold learning.

An annotated example (docx - 56kb) is provided to assist teachers in visualising the steps in the process for developing indicative progress descriptions that link elements of consecutive achievement standards.

Indicative Progress templates

Music: Primary (docx - 28.88kb) | Secondary (docx - 26.8kb)

Indicative Progress examples

Indicative progress examples are designed to be used with the indicative progress templates as a stimulus material, to support teachers to develop their own descriptions of indicative progress.

The indicative progress examples start with a context statement, written to resemble an element of a teaching and learning program and include references to the most relevant content descriptions. The examples illustrate a progression of learning, using specific points that link between two consecutive achievement standards (which are highlighted in the same colour).

Examples of indicative progress are provided for each curriculum area between every achievement standard e.g., for curriculum areas where there are achievement standards at five levels, examples are provided between F-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10.

The indicative progress examples are intended as stimulus materials only, and do not attempt to provide a comprehensive description of a mid-way point toward an achievement standard.

Music_F-6_IP_examples (docx - 57.61kb)

Music_7-10_IP_examples (docx - 49kb)

Assessment and reporting

The Victorian Curriculum F–10: Revised Curriculum Planning and Reporting Guidelines provide advice for Victorian schools to develop whole-school curriculum plans and to report student learning achievement. Specific sectoral requirements related to curriculum provision and reporting are the responsibility of and published by the relevant sectoral authorities.

The Victorian Curriculum F–10: Revised Curriculum Planning and Reporting Guidelines are available from the Curriculum planning, assessment and reporting webpage .

Student work samples

Work samples illustrate satisfactory achievement in relevant aspects of the achievement standard. These are currently being developed and will be published during 2018.