The purpose of whole school curriculum planning is to develop well-coordinated, quality teaching, learning and assessment programs, which build students’ knowledge, skills and behaviours in the disciplines, as well as their interdisciplinary and/or physical, personal and social capacities.
School teams decide how best to develop programs that give all students opportunities to achieve the standards across the three stages of learning, ensuring that all three strands are addressed in overt, systematic and interrelated ways. A systematic planning approach will ensure that the three strands are addressed explicitly, and that assessment of student learning is coordinated across the school.
A whole school approach to curriculum planning ensures:
- a shared vision
- shared understandings and a common language in the school community
- optimum coverage of all domains within the curriculum
- continuity of learning between domains across year levels
- the full range of learning needs of students are addressed
- students are given opportunities to develop deep understanding
- cohesiveness in teaching, learning and assessment practices
- elimination of repetition of learning activities without depth or breadth across levels
- improved student learning outcomes.