Australian Curriculum – An Overview

Australian Curriculum
Online Planning Tool
How is it different to what we
have been doing?
Knowledge & Understanding and Ways of
Working from the Essential Learnings
become Content Descriptions or Curriculum
They can be viewed at:
Content descriptors have Elaborations which
help to clarify or unpack the content to be
Each Year Level has a specific Year Level Description
and Achievement Statement which further clarifies
what students should know and do.
• Adventist Schools SQ will be implementing
the Australian Curriculum for English,
Mathematics and Science in 2012
• Working groups have completed sample
Scope and Sequence/Yearly Overviews and
some Sample Units, as well as other resources.
• These resources will be uploaded to the
OLPT for all staff to access.
Sample Yearly Overview: this will not change, but will need to have
content descriptors instead of Knowledge & Understanding and Ways of
• The Online Planning Tool is a web based
resource bank which allows teachers to write
units, upload resources and view and adapt
units/resources written by other teachers in
our conference.
• All resources for the implementation of the
Australian Curriculum will be accessed through
the system Online Planning Tool.
•Sample Yearly Overviews can be found right at the top
of the page once you enter the unit plan section.
• Here you can find the Sample work done by the
working groups for the AC or other Yearly Overviews
completed by individual teachers or departments..
To create a new unit, follow the same process
as before.
1. Select Subject
2. Select Year Level
3. Click on Unit Plans
4. Turn Editing on
4. Turn Editing on
5. Add an activity
6. Choose Unit Plan from the drop down
7. Name unit etc.
You must tick the box that says “Is AC Unit
Fill in rest of boxes including choosing Content Descriptors for
your unit.
Select Content Descriptors. NB. You will not see the elaborations in
your unit plan, you will only see them when you are selecting the
content descriptors. Be sure to save changes at the bottom of the
11. The most important part of the unit…
the resources.
Any worksheets, websites, scootle links etc
that you have found can be uploaded. This also
includes any audio files and video images.
This will ensure that people can share units with
more integrity than is currently possible.
Follow the instructions on the next pages
to learn how to upload a resource.
- Go to the drop down menu:
Add a resource and click on Link to a file or website
- Name your resource and then click on Choose or upload a file…
- click on upload a file…
Click on Browse and find your file
Once you have selected your file to upload click on Upload
this file
Check to see that your file has been successfully uploaded
then click on Choose
You will then find that your resource has been placed into this box
Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on:
You will then find your resource right under your unit plan!
You can follow this same process to upload
any resources that pertain to your unit.
Follow the same upload process to put your Yearly Overviews into the
section at the top of the page.
Updating/versioning someone else’s unit.
- Choose the unit you wish to view.
The unit will then open up for general editing. NB.
You can only edit someone else’s unit once they
have ‘confirmed’ it.
You can then add your own learning experiences by
clicking edit
You can then type your own learning experiences into here:
and when you save changes, your new learning experience will be
added to the bank below.
You can then view either your own, or the original, or a combination
by applying a filter to the unit. Follow these steps to print your
version of the unit.
Step 1: Click the View Filter button at the top of the screen.
Step 2: click on advanced filter.
Alternatively, if you wish to see only your entries, select Only My Entries
from the filter option.
Step 3: You should now be able to select from the unit which learning
experiences you want for your unit. You can choose from any learning
experiences that have been added to the bank. You will be able to see
the author.
Step 4: Click on Submit at the bottom of the page.
Step 5: PRINT
You will now see a version of the unit with only your selected learning
experiences. (Or any other changes that you have made and selected)
To print – control P (the same way you would from your web browser)
NB. These selections will NOT be saved as a different version.
If you want this unit again, you will need to follow the same
process of selecting what you want in your unit.
1. How do I print my unit?
There is no ‘print’ button.
Print the same way you would in any web browser.
Or ‘control P’ to print and follow the prompts.
You should be able to print from any page
2. What if I teach integrated units?
If you are teaching Prep to Year 3 and integrate your Science,
SOSE, Health and Technology, then the OLPT has a special
course for you.
Scroll to the bottom of the first page and select Integrated Course
2. What if I teach integrated units? Cont.
You will then be able to access the Content Descriptors
from the AC for Science (with the elaborations)
and the Knowledge and Understanding Statements
& Ways of Working for SOSE, Technology and
3. What do I have to do about the General
Capabilities and the Cross Curriculum Priorities?
This is still being addressed by the Curriculum Council
and further information will be passed to you
through your Curriculum Coordinator early next
Any change is an opportunity for improvement.
Let’s use the Australian Curriculum
implementation to continue pursuing best
practice in our schools.

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