From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
The Victorian Curriculum Foundation-10 (F-10)
The new Victorian Curriculum F-10 sets out what every student should learn during their first eleven years of schooling.
The curriculum includes a strong focus on the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy and on personal and social skills, thinking skills and new areas of learning, such as computational thinking.
The English curriculum aims to ensure that students:
- learn to listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts across a growing range of contexts with accuracy, fluency and purpose
- appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations and develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue
- understand how Standard Australian English works in its spoken and written forms and in combination with non-linguistic forms of communication to create meaning
- develop interest and skills in inquiring into the aesthetic aspects of texts, and develop an informed appreciation of literature.
The new English learning area of the curriculum takes a balanced approach to the teaching and learning of language and literacy. The Language, Literature and Literacy strands within the English learning area include knowledge and skills required to read, view, speak, listen and write increasingly complex texts across a range of contexts.
While much of the explicit teaching of literacy occurs in the English learning area, it is strengthened, made specific and extended in other learning areas as students engage in a range of learning activities with significant literacy demands.
The Victorian Curriculum F-10 design does not include literacy as a separate learning area or capability with discrete knowledge and skills. Given the inclusion of a Literacy strand in the English learning area, it is unnecessary to define literacy as a distinct curriculum. There is considerable research that identifies the importance of teaching literacy in the context of the different curriculum areas. It is both appropriate and necessary that the literacy requirements be embedded in the curriculum areas.