The Footscray North Primary School curriculum draws on elements of the Victorian Curriculum to develop and implement a curriculum that is meaningful for students, with a strong commitment and focus on Literacy and Numeracy.
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 sets out a single, coherent and comprehensive set of content descriptions and associated achievement standards to enable teachers to plan, monitor, assess and report on the learning achievement of every student.
The staff at FNPS have further analyzed the priorities outlined in the Victorian Curriculum to identify “Essential Learnings” for all areas of the curriculum at all stages of primary school. These Essential Learning statements have been identified by the team of professionals at FNPS as being an area of priority. These Essential Learnings have been aligned across the school to ensure a rigorous and challenging curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for the students in our context at FNPS.
Staff work together in Professional Learning Teams (PLTs), aligning assessment tasks relevant to the essential Learning statements, so information can be gathered and analyzed in such a way to identify all students and their next steps in their learning. Teachers work together to develop high quality teaching and learning programs that reflect high impact teaching strategies. Student progress is closely tracked to ensure all students are demonstrating strong learning gains. Learning Intentions and Success Criteria are developed for all sessions, making the focus and indicators of success of the lesson visible to the students. Feedback is integral in this process, where teachers both give and receive feedback from students, students are often asked to work collaboratively and thus give and receive feedback from their peers and students reflect on their own progress and next steps in their learning pathway.