I found my place at MLC

Report
Implementing the
Australian Curriculum at
Y7 in 2012
Robyn Ryan
MLC
[email protected]
The Australian Curriculum at MLC
2010
• AC group convened – Director of Learning and Curriculum; Heads of
English, Maths, Science and Humanities; meetings each month
• UbD adopted as framework for curriculum mapping across the College
with common template for use by subjects teams
• Subject team review of draft AC curriculum documents at Y7 and 9
• College PD sessions and Department meeting sessions allocated to AC
and UbD
• History – set of common key questions and understandings developed
Y7-12
• Y7 History - Initial decisions/ draft planning of curriculum combining
previous MLC and AC topics and content etc in UbD format
2011 and 2012 curriculum
planning and implementation
2011
• UbD framework merged with Atlas online curriculum documentation
system across College
• Time allocation for Y7 and 9 AC team leaders
• Completion of Y7 and 9 draft AC courses via UbD for 2012
• Mapping of courses across the year
• Allocation of teacher pairs to developing draft UbD for each of the 5
sections of the course
• 2 x time release PM planning sessions to share, review, revise and
document via Atlas ready for 2012
2012
• Y7 and 9 AC implemented in English, Maths, Science and History
2013
• Y7, 8, 9, 10* AC in English, Maths, Science and History
Initial curriculum drafting and design
process
• Team reading and review of AC documentation with
elaborations
• Summary of observations – content, skills, timing etc
• Audit - Current curriculum and AC compared – table summary
• AC – identified new elements to be incorporated
• Depth studies - Team decisions as to relative merit of the
various choices, consideration of current materials, resources
etc
• Updating and revisions to planning with subsequent versions
of the AC 2011-2
Initial drafting and implementation
planning - comments and reflections
from other 2012 AC schools?
Overview planning for the Australian
Curriculum at Y7
• Subject allocation 4 x 75 min lessons per cycle* for
the year = 34 weeks (17 cycles) = 68 lessons total
approx.
• 10% overview = 8 lessons (In 2 sections –
introductory and review)
•
90% 3 x depth studies (Investigating the Ancient
Past; The Mediterranean World; The Asian World) =
60 lessons = 18-22 lessons per topic approx.
Overview of new AC Y7 History
curriculum
34 weeks (68 lessons approx)
4 x 75 min lessons per cycle*
1. Overview 1 – introductory 2 weeks ( 5 lessons)
2. Depth study 1: Investigating the Ancient Past (Intro to History,
Ancient Australia, Egypt) 11 weeks (22 lessons)
3. Depth study 2: The Mediterranean World – Greece 10 weeks
(20 lessons)
4. Depth study 3: The Asian World – China 9 weeks (18 lessons)
5. Overview 2 – review and comparison 1.5 weeks (3 lessons)
Overview section
1:
PP overview;
lecture style and
small class
activities
Depth Study 1:
Investigating the
Ancient Past (Intro
to History; Egypt
and Australia)
Depth Study 2:
The
Mediterranean
World (Greece)
Depth Study 3:
The Asian World
(China)
Overview section
2:
PP overview;
lecture style and
small class
activities
Staff
Michaela and
Catherine
Robyn, Nick, Iain
and Catherine
Fanny and Jo
Paul and Mary
Michaela and
Catherine
Time
allocation
5 lessons (2 weeks)
22 lessons (11
weeks)
20 lessons (10
weeks)
18 lessons (9
weeks)
3 lessons (1.5
weeks)
Content
AC dot points/
elaborations
AC dot points/
elaborations
AC dot points/
elaborations
AC dot points/
elaborations
AC dot points/
elaborations
Lesson
Planning
Skeleton lesson
planner with core
and optional
activities
Skeleton lesson
planner with core
and optional
activities
Skeleton lesson
planner with core
and optional
activities
Skeleton lesson
planner with core
and optional
activities
Skeleton lesson
planner with core
and optional
activities
Assessment
(4 tasks per
semester)
•
•
No assessment –
post reports
Out of Africa
•
review task 20%
•
•
Intro to History
•
review task 20%
Egypt History
mysteries
research task
•
40%
Egypt document
study 20%
Greece
legacies oral
paired 25%
research task
Greece
extended
writing task
25%
•
China
inventions oral
paired
research task
10%
China source
analysis and
writing task
40%
Semester 1: 100%
Semester 2: 100%
Overview of Y7 curriculum - comments
and reflections from other 2012 AC
schools?
Semester 1 2012
Report assessment tasks
Overview:
• Overview P1: Out of Africa review task 20%
Depth study 1: Investigating the Ancient Past:
• Investigating the Ancient Past review task 20%
• History Mystery (Egypt) task 40%
• Egypt document study 20%
Reflections and observations at the end
of Semester 1
Overview P1:
• The overview can be viewed as the links and connections between
the depth studies but need to address overlap between overview
and depth study and reduce in 2013
• Overview P1 – Was addressed by way of PP introductions, text
work, teacher lectures, short whole class comprehension
exercises but need to cut down detail / depth to allow for more
interactive and creative ways of delivering content ; detail level of
texts can be reduced
• 2013: Out of Africa theory (1); Types of evidence(1); Personal and
family history and timelines (1); Key features of ancient societies
(1); Overview and timeline of major ancient societies (1)
• Remove Darwin theory of evolution
Reflections and observations at the end
of Semester 1
Depth Study 1: Investigating the Ancient Past:
• Was used as a vehicle to explore Egypt but this required large
number of lessons to provide context for research
• Not all Egypt mystery topics equally easy to resource (Kadesh etc)
• Ancient Australia and heritage sites component needed to be more
adequately covered – ran out of time
• Ancient Australia research and presentation activity
• Conserving the ancient past activity
• 2013: Include archaeologists and historians; types of sources;
historical controversies; Ancient Australia; conservation
• Merge Overview and Investigating the Ancient Past review tasks
• Broaden History Mysteries task to include Ancient Australia and
world heritage sites
• Remove: Class study lessons on Egypt
Reflections and observations at the end
of Semester 1
Semester 2: Choice of European civilisations:
• The AC reduces the ability to study more than 1 European
civilisation – have to choose between Greece and Rome – will
review after study of Greece in 2012 and may choose to study
Greece and Rome in alternate years?
Y7 AC Semester 1 - comments and
reflections from other 2012 AC schools?
Resources for Semester 1 areas
• Much existing material utilised
• Student text - Oxford Big Ideas Y7 – pack with student text,
workbook, obook; teacher text – arrived in school end of 2011
• Supplemented materials for Overview P1 and Depth Study 1,
particularly methods of historians, Ancient Australia – use
pdfs of Pearson extracts, previous materials etc
• HTAV Ancient and Medieval teacher resource pack
• Dialogue Education – Teaching History CDROM of PPs –
Ancient Australia
• Use of other Y7 texts as they become available - Nelson,
Macmillan, Jacaranda etc
Resources for Semester 1 comments and reflections from
other 2012 AC schools?
Ongoing planning for 2013 and beyond
• Collaborative team use of the UbD framework to refine
each section of the course and review and revise
assessment tasks for each section
• Updating of documentation via online Atlas
documentation repository
• Expand resources and activity bank for Ancient Australia
and heritage sites
• End of 2012 meetings: Determine 2013 selection of
assessment tasks across the 2 semester reports; allocate
tasks across topic areas and nominate pairs to review
and circulate draft versions for team consensus
Ongoing planning - comments and
reflections from other 2012 AC
schools?

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