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The curriculum at Daylesford Primary School is built around the Victorian Essential Learning Standards and as such, has a strong emphasis not only on the discipline-based areas, particularly literacy and numeracy, but also on the development of personal and inter-personal skills. Transition into the AusVELS has already begun. A structured social competencies program, developed in 2007, will continue to be the cornerstone upon which the school strives to build a positive and productive learning environment.

The staff are grouped into Professional Learning Teams, that collaborate to provide collegiate support and deliver a high quality education program within their team. Staff are committed to continuing to build their teaching skills in order to deliver a challenging and relevant education for all students. The school has benefited from significant resourcing in the areas of ICT and Maths Specialist coaching and intends to further develop these areas for the benefit of all students.  Assessment and reporting is based on the VELS progression points and the QuickVIc reporting system has been used for some years. The development of digital learning portfolios for students in years 3 to 6 has enabled ICT to be effectively used as part of the school’s assessment processes

Laying the Foundations
During the early years the curriculum focuses on developing the fundamental knowledge, skills and behaviours in literacy and numeracy and other areas including physical and social capacities which underpin all future learning. Reading Recovery is an early intervention program designed to assist Grade 1 children who are at the risk of falling behind in reading and writing. Children who fit the criteria for selection, as specified in the Program Guidelines, work individually with a specially trained teacher everyday for half an hour. Children are usually involved in the program for 15-20 weeks.

Building Breadth and Depth
During the middle years (5 to 8), students progress beyond the foundations and their literacy and numeracy becomes more developed. An expanded curriculum program provides the basis for in depth learning developed around three core strands : Physical,Personal and Social Learning; Discipline-based Learning and Interdisciplinary Learning.

Integrated Curriculum
An Integrated Curriculum merges the boundaries of traditional subject groupings. It based on enhancing students' perceptions of how the world works by focussing on the development of deep understandings and rich conceptual knowledge. Integrated units are developed for all year levels and each unit is generally taught over the course of one term. The discipline based areas of humanities and science are developed through the Integrated Units.

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