The Australian National curriculum is soooo incredibly full it’s easy to get confused about what to cover each term, what you’ve already taught and what still needs to be taught.
I’m a BIG lover of checklists – they help me keep focused and I feel so accomplished when I can tick things off!
So, here’s my solutions on my planning issue…. Curriculum checklists!
These checklists that I have put together cover ALL learning areas for each year level, with clearly defined strands, sub-strands and content descriptions to keep you on track. Each checklist includes 4 tick boxes - one for each term to allow you to keep track of what has been covered each term and what still needs to be addressed.
I have intentionally included a clickable hyperlink and code for each content descriptor so that you can refer back to Scootle or get further elaborations and ideas for that descriptor. I’ve also avoided using colour and distracting clipart to keep the documents professional looking and adaptable.
Learning areas covered for the Year 4 Checklists:
English, Math, Science, HASS (Geography, History and Civics and Citizenship), Digital Technologies, Design Technologies, The Arts (Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts), Physical Education and the newly updated Child Protection Curriculum.
So how do you use the checklists?
Step 1: Print off the checklists of the area/s you wish to keep track of.
Step 2: Place the checklists in a folder, with the pages back to back. This allows you to see whole curriculum areas in one glance.
Step 3: Decide which of the content descriptor you are going to cover each term and as it is covered, tick it off in the appropriate column for that term.
I have found these to be so successful that even my fellow colleagues are now using them.
Happy planning for the new school year!