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By Year Level

Schools are asked to consider the extent to which they have documented the teaching and learning program across the curriculum areas for each year level. This layer of documentation enables the curriculum to be viewed from a student perspective and for effective and relevant connections to be made across the teaching and learning program.

The year level documentation includes:

  • time allocations and sequencing of units/topics to enable connections across domains to be identified and built on
  • scheduling of assessment and co-curricular activities.

Curriculum planning documentation by year level needs to be informed by and/or inform the other three interrelated layers of planning:

  • By school – a high-level summary of the coverage of all the curriculum areas, reflecting the school’s goals, vision and any particular areas of specialisation or innovation
  • By curriculum area – plans that sequence key knowledge and skills across the years of schooling to support a progression of learning
  • By unit/lessons – plans that specify Victorian Curriculum F–10 content descriptions and achievement standards, activities and resources to ensure students of all achievement levels are able to progress

Self-assessment questions

Does the teaching and learning program for each year level:

  • set out the sequencing of the units/topics covered in each term/semester, showing the curriculum areas addressed?
  • enable relevant connections to be made between units/topics?
  • provide an outline of major/summative assessment task timing?
  • set out the time allocation for units/topics covered in each term/semester?
  • show the scheduled co-curricular activities?

Examples of year level curriculum plans

The examples below demonstrate the ‘year level’ layer only of the whole-school curriculum planning process.


Primary school by year level – Year 3

Secondary school by year level – Year 8

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