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Strands, Domains and Dimensions

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Strands

The Victorian Essential Learning Standards are organised into three connected areas of learning called strands.

Physical, Personal and Social Learning
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Students learn about themselves and their place in society. They learn how to stay healthy and active. Students develop skills in building social relationships and working with others. They take responsibility for their learning, and learn about their rights and responsibilities as global citizens.

Discipline-based Learning
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Students learn the knowledge, skills and behaviours in the arts, English, humanities, mathematics, science and other languages.

Interdisciplinary Learning
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Students explore different ways of thinking, solving problems and communicating. They learn to use a range of technologies to plan, analyse, evaluate and present their work. Students learn about creativity, design principles and processes.

Domains and dimensions

Domains are a distinct body of knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Standards for each domain are organised into dimensions.

The domains and their dimensions are listed below. Links in the table below will take you to the introduction page for the relevant domain.

Physical, Personal and Social Learning
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Health and Physical Education
  Movement and physical activity
  Health knowledge and promotion

Interpersonal Development
  Building social relationships
  Working in teams

Personal Learning
  The individual learner
  Managing personal learning

Civics and Citizenship
  Civic knowledge and understanding
  Community engagement

Discipline-based Learning
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The Arts
  Creating and making
  Exploring and responding

English
  Reading
  Writing
  Speaking and listening

The Humanities
  Humanities knowledge and understanding
  Humanities skills

The Humanities – Economics
  Economic knowledge and understanding
  Economic reasoning and interpretation

The Humanities – Geography
  Geographic knowledge and understanding
  Geographical skills

The Humanities – History
  Historical knowledge and understanding
  Historical reasoning and interpretation

Languages Other Than English
  Communicating in a language other than English
  Intercultural knowledge and language awareness

Mathematics
  Number
  Space
  Measurement, chance and data
  Structure
  Working mathematically

Science
  Science knowledge and understanding
  Science at work

Interdisciplinary Learning
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Communication
  Listening, viewing and responding
  Presenting

Design, Creativity and Technology
  Investigating and designing
  Producing
  Analysing and evaluating

Information and Communications Technology
  ICT for visual thinking
  ICT for creating
  ICT for communicating

Thinking Processes
  Reasoning, processing and inquiry
  Creativity
  Reflection, evaluation and metacognition


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