Curriculum planning and programming K – 12: key requirements for schools
NSW Board of Studies syllabuses provide for a common curriculum for all students in NSW. They are developed for government and non-government schools, as specified in the Education Act, 1990. The Department policy, Curriculum planning and programming, assessing and reporting to parents K – 12, has specific requirements for NSW public schools.
Curriculum planning processes will provide a systematic approach to covering outcomes and content areas across years and stages. Curriculum planning enables a school to monitor the coverage, continuity and development of desired knowledge, skills, understanding and values across the stages of schooling.
The development of scope and sequence or continuum for key learning areas, and secondary course plans, are all examples of curriculum planning. As K – 6 syllabus Foundation Statements encompass the nature and scope of learning from Kindergarten to Year 6, they can assist with curriculum planning.
Teaching and learning programs represent the implementation of school curriculum planning. They will include the outcome groups being developed, learning experiences with suitable content and planned assessment. The teaching program documents a teacher’s decisions about what to teach and what students should learn. The decisions made will be assisted by the teacher’s knowledge of the students’ learning needs.
Teaching program requirements may be met by ‘units of work’ where the unit of work fits with a school’s overall curriculum planning. These may be in conjunction with other documentation about specific teaching and learning activities such as day books, lesson logs or records of lessons. The documentation of teaching activities should be sufficient to guide what is planned for that particular program of work, but do not need to be detailed plans for each lesson. Planning assessment in the teaching program will assist teachers in keeping assessment manageable.
Department support for curriculum planning and programming K – 6
The COGs curriculum planning framework organises outcomes in connected groups within and across each K – 6 stage. This framework of connected outcome groups can be used by primary schools as a curriculum plan for the KLAs that are included.
COGs units of work are developed for each connected outcomes group, support teachers in developing teaching programs. The units of work show how class programs can be organised with a focus that connects groups of outcomes. The identification of planned assessments in the units of work will assist in ensuring assessment is manageable for students and teachers.
Department support for curriculum planning and programming 7 - 12
Support for schools to develop an integrated approach in the secondary setting can be accessed via the Integrated Learning in Stage 4: Secondary COGs website
Support can be accessed via Curriculum Support web pages for 7 – 12 in each KLA