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    The Distance Education Centre Victoria offers one of the largest ranges of subjects of any school in Victoria, from Foundation right through to Year 12. Here you will find information about the subjects offered by the DECV in 2017, including individual requirements in each subject. Please read these pages carefully before making subject selections.

    What will I learn?

    In Years F-10, the DECV’s learning programs are based on the AusVELS curriculum. In Years 11-12 the DECV follows the curriculum set by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in our wide range of VCE and VCAL subjects.

    Learning programs are organised into manageable segments. Students are guided through the subjects they are studying and provided with tasks to complete, which are then assessed by teachers and returned with feedback. Individual learning programs are developed where appropriate so that all students, regardless of their age or ability can be engaged and challenged with their learning.

    Requirements for all subjects

    All students enrolling at the DECV in 2017 require regular and reliable access to the internet in order to access their learning programs. Some subjects have supplementary print material, while others are available exclusively online. Students and parents are expected to be able to communicate via email about student’s progress. All student reports are available online only.

     

     

  • Foundation

    Overview

    Foundation students begin with a two week Introductory Module followed by a series of four week English and Integrated modules and two week Mathematics modules.

    The teaching and learning is based on The Department of Education and Training (DE&T) Victorian Curriculum which sets out what every student should learn. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.

    English

    Students are provided with a wide range of experiences with language and texts. They engage with purposeful listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing activities for different purposes and contexts. They listen to, read, view and interpret spoken, written and multimodal texts. Students create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts including retellings, reports, performances and poetry.

    Integrated Curriculum

    The curriculum aims to extend the abilities of students and provide the foundation for continued learning. An integrated curriculum approach is utilised to give meaning and purpose to activities. Aspects of Health and Physical Education, History, The Arts, Science, Technologies and Geography are incorporated into the four week modules.

    Mathematics

    Students access mathematical ideas relevant to their lives and learn the language of mathematics. They develop a sense of number, order, sequence and pattern. Students understand quantities and their representations by playing and experimenting with a range of materials, they learn about attributes of objects and collections. They explore position, movement and direction. Students develop an awareness of the collection, presentation and variation of data. They use the data to make predictions about chance events. Students pose mathematical questions, identify strategies to investigate solutions and use reasoning to solve problems.

     


    Requirements

    • Internet access is required for all students enrolling in Foundation.
    • A form of communication for regular contact with teachers e.g. telephone, email, Skype, etc.
    • A Supervisor to assist with explanation of learning tasks.

    Example of Learning Activities

    Welcome to Orange

  • Year 1

    Overview

    Year 1 students begin with a two week Introductory Module and then complete a series of four week English and Integrated modules and two week Mathematics modules.

    The teaching and learning is based on The Department of Education and Training (DE&T) Victorian Curriculum which sets out what every student should learn. The curriculum is the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.

    English

    Students are provided with a wide range of experiences with language and texts. They engage with purposeful listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing activities for different purposes and contexts. They listen to, read, view and interpret spoken, written and multimodal texts. Students create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts including retellings, reports, performances and poetry.

    Integrated Curriculum

    The curriculum aims to extend the abilities of students and provide the foundation for continued learning. An integrated curriculum approach is utilised to give meaning and purpose to activities. Aspects of Health and Physical Education, History, The Arts, Science, Technologies and Geography are incorporated into the four week modules.

    Mathematics

    Students access mathematical ideas relevant to their lives and learn the language of mathematics. They develop a sense of number, order, sequence and pattern. Students understand quantities and their representations by playing and experimenting with a range of materials. They learn about attributes of objects and collections. They explore position, movement and direction. Students develop an awareness of the collection, presentation and variation of data. They use the data to make predictions about chance events.

    Students pose mathematical questions, identify strategies to investigate solutions and use reasoning to solve problems.

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    Requirements

    • Internet access is required for all students enrolling in Year 1.
    • A form of communication for regular contact with teachers e.g. telephone, email, Skype, etc.
    • A Supervisor to assist with explanation of learning tasks.

    Example of Learning Activities

    Welcome to Purple

  • Year 2

     

    Overview

    Year 2 students begin with a two week Introductory Module followed by a series of four week English and Integrated Curriculum modules and two week Mathematics modules.

    The curriculum is based on the Department of Education and Training’s curriculum guidelines and the Victorian Curriculum. The curriculum aims to extend the abilities of students and provide the foundation for continued learning.

    English

    Students are provided with a wide range of experiences with language and texts. They engage with purposeful listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing activities for different purposes. They listen to, read, view and interpret spoken, written and multimodal texts. Students create a range of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts including retellings, reports, performances and poetry.

    Integrated Curriculum

    The Integrated Curriculum is utilised to give meaning and purpose to activities. Aspects of Health and Physical Education, History, The Arts, Science, Technologies and Geography are incorporated into the four week modules.

    Mathematics

    Students access mathematical ideas relevant to their lives and learn the language of mathematics. They develop a sense of number, order, sequence and pattern. Students understand quantities and their representations by playing and experimenting with a range of materials. They learn about attributes of objects and collections. They explore position, movement and direction. Students collect and present data. They use the data to make predictions about chance events. Students pose mathematical questions, identify strategies to investigate solutions and use reasoning to solve problems.

     

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    Requirements

     

    • Internet access is required for all students enrolling in Year 2.
    • A form of communication for regular contact with teachers e.g. telephone, email, Skype, etc.
    • A Supervisor to assist with explanation of learning tasks.

    Example of Learning Activities

    Examples of Year 2 Learning Activities

     

     

  • Year 3

    Overview

    The Year 3 curriculum is based on the Department of Education and Training’s F-10 Victorian Guidelines. It offers comprehensive skill and integrated inquiry-based tasks that are flexible and adaptive to suit individual student needs and circumstances. The Year 3 learning program begins with Launchpad. This is an online module developed to support students in their engagement with the DECV online environment. The subsequent learning program is a series of two week modules covering all areas of the curriculum. English and Mathematics are available for download and online. Humanities/Arts, Health and PE, Science, Design and Technologies are accessed via the online environment. Digital Technologies are integrated throughout each of the Learning Areas. Reliable internet access is a prerequisite for these subjects.

    English

    The English Learning Program has a focus on grammar, spelling and punctuation and activities which centre on deconstructing and constructing specific text types or focused research skill-building tasks. Students draw upon prior knowledge to practise, consolidate and extend what they have learned and to then articulate this knowledge. Throughout the modules, increasingly complex punctuation, clause and sentence structures and textural purposes and patterns are introduced. To consolidate both ‘learning to read and write’ and ‘reading and writing to learn’, students experience the language of different text types in visual and digital formats.

    Mathematics

    The Maths Learning Program consists of sixteen sequential modules which emphasise the meaning and purpose of mathematics and how it is relevant and applicable to daily life. Students complete active experiences that allow them to construct and develop key understandings in number and algebra; measurement and geometry; and statistics and probability. Students engage in the learning program through questioning, investigating, reasoning and problem solving.  A Mathletics Login is provided as an extension to the DECV Maths Learning Program and requires internet access.

    Humanities and Arts

    Humanities and Arts are an integrated curriculum and take a research and inquiry-based approach to learning. Humanities include Civics and Citizenship, History and Geography. Arts cover the areas of Visual Arts, Media Arts, Dance, Drama and Music. These modules support students to investigate, extend, create, perform and demonstrate the outcomes of these subjects. This course is only available online and requires internet access.

    Science, Design and Technologies

    The Science, Design and Technologies Learning Program provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of scientific concepts and processes. This includes the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, the contribution of science to our culture and society, and its applications in our daily lives. It allows students to increase their knowledge and skills to investigate, design, experiment, document and communicate their designed solutions and understandings on a variety of subjects. This course is delivered entirely online and internet access is required.

    Health and Physical Education

    Health and Physical Education is an online module where students are guided to take responsibility for their own physical fitness, safety, health and wellbeing.  Different approaches are used to create awareness of, and engagement in, making healthy, positive lifestyle choices. Reliable internet access is required for this course.

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    Requirements

    • Internet access is required for all students enrolling in Year 3.
    • A form of communication for regular contact with teachers e.g. telephone, email, Skype, etc.
    • A Supervisor to assist with explanation of learning tasks.

    Example of Learning Activities

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    Gold Learning Activities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Year 4

    Overview

    Year 4 students begin with an introductory program called Launch Pad and then complete a series of modules. English and Mathematics modules are available in booklet form as well as online. Humanities/Arts, Science, Design and Technologies and Health and Physical Education are only available online. Reliable internet access is required to complete these subjects.

    The DECV curriculum is based on the Department of Education and Training’s F-10 Victorian Guidelines and there is flexibility to adapt the program to meet the learner’s individual needs.

    English

    The English Learning Program has a focus on grammar, spelling and punctuation and activities which centre on deconstructing and constructing specific text types or focused research skill-building tasks. Students draw upon prior knowledge to practise, consolidate and extend what they have learned and to then articulate this knowledge. Throughout the modules, increasingly complex punctuation, clause and sentence structures and textural purposes and patterns are introduced. To consolidate both ‘learning to read and write’ and ‘reading and writing to learn’, students experience the language of different text types in visual and digital formats.

    The English course contains sixteen modules, each with ten school days of learning activities. Work submissions are usually expected each fortnight.

    English is available in printed module booklets and on line.

    Mathematics

    The Maths Learning Program consists of sixteen sequential modules which emphasise the meaning and purpose of mathematics and how it is relevant and applicable to daily life. Students complete learning activities to construct and develop key understandings in number and algebra; measurement and geometry; and statistics and probability. Students engage in the learning program through questioning, investigating, reasoning and problem solving.

    The majority of Maths modules focus on one concept. They contain related explanations, tasks, interactives, assessment and reflection. Revision modules are also included. The lessons and activities are divided over 10 days. Maths Solution Booklets are provided for supervisors. As part of the DECV enrolment, your child will have access to Mathletics to supplement the DECV Mathematics Program. An internet connection is required to use Mathletics.

    Humanities / Arts

    Humanities and Arts have been developed using integrated curriculum and take a research and inquiry-based approach to learning.

    Humanities include Civics and Citizenship, History and Geography. Arts include Visual Arts, Media Arts, Dance, Drama and Music. These modules provide opportunities for students to investigate, extend, create, perform and demonstrate understandings on a variety of topics.

    This course is delivered entirely online and reliable internet access is required.

    Science, Design & Technologies

    The Science, Design and Technologies Learning Program provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of scientific concepts and processes. This includes the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, the contribution of science to our culture and society, and its applications in our daily lives. It allows students to increase their knowledge and skills to investigate, design, experiment, document and communicate their designed solutions and understandings on a variety of subjects.

    This course is delivered entirely online and reliable internet access is required.

    Health & Physical Education

    Health and Physical Education is a newly designed, online course. Students are guided to take responsibility for their own physical fitness, safety, health and wellbeing.  Different approaches are used to create awareness of, and engagement in, making healthy, positive lifestyle choices.

    This course is delivered entirely online and reliable internet access is required.

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    Requirements

    • Internet access is required for all students enrolling in Year 4.
    • A form of communication for regular contact with teachers e.g. telephone, email, Skype, etc.
    • A Supervisor to assist with explanation of learning tasks.

    Example of Learning Activities

    Examples of Green Learning Activities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Year 5

    Overview

    Working with their supervisors, DECV students will be supported to develop independent learning skills. Students are allocated to a teacher who will advise, monitor and support both the student and the supervisor to complete the learning tasks.

    English and Mathematics are offered as single subjects. These are available in module booklets as well as online.  Humanities and the Arts; Science, Design and Technologies; and Health and Physical Education are new subjects that are available online in PDF format.  Reliable internet access is required to complete these subjects.

    The DECV curriculum is based on the Department of Education and Training’s F-10 Victorian Curriculum. There is flexibility to adapt the program to meet the needs of individual learners.

    English

    Students develop and consolidate English skills so they can communicate effectively in a variety of ways for different purposes.  These skills include speaking, reading, writing, viewing and understanding. Developing English skills and understanding enables learners to create written and spoken texts that entertain, inform and persuade. Students will read and respond to a variety of texts and they will learn how authors use language to create meaning to engage and influence readers and audiences.

    The English course contains sixteen modules, each with ten school days of learning activities. Work submissions are expected each fortnight.

    The module booklets and the on line program are identical.

    Mathematics

    Students practice a variety of fundamental skills and are encouraged to use Mathematics in everyday situations. Students increase their understanding of maths concepts in the areas of: Number and Algebra; Measurement and Geometry; and Statistics and Probability.

    The Mathematics modules are organised into daily sessions of about 50 – 60 minutes. As part of their enrolment with DECV, students have 24/7 access to Mathletics to supplement the mathematics program.  An internet connection is required to use Mathletics.

    Humanities / Arts

    Humanities and Arts are integrated and in most modules, the Arts component is directly related to the topic studied.

    Students study Civics and Citizenship; History; Geography; and Economics and Business. Students are guided through the key concepts using an Inquiry Learning approach. Learners understand the main ideas by posing questions, investigating relevant ideas and presenting what they have learnt. This course is online only and a reliable internet service is required.

    Science, Design and Technologies

    Science aims to develop the learner’s interest and curiosity as they observe and explore phenomena in our world, ask questions and solve problems. Activities are designed to develop ideas about scientific inquiry methods, such as questioning, planning, conducting experiments, investigating and communicating results. Learners will solve problems and make informed, evidence-based conclusions about their investigations and experiments.

    Science, Design and Technologies is online only and requires a reliable internet connection.

    Health & Physical Education

    Students are guided to become responsible for their own physical fitness, safety, health and wellbeing.  Different approaches are used to create awareness of, and engagement in making healthy, positive lifestyle choices.

    Students identify features of health-related fitness and the significance of physical activity participation to health and wellbeing. This course is online only and requires a reliable internet connection.

     

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    Requirements

    Internet access is required for all students enrolling in Year 5. A form of communication for regular contact with teachers e.g. telephone, email, Skype, etc. A Supervisor to explain and model learning tasks.

    Students travelling need a collection of mathematical tools, such as protractor, compass, ruler or tape measure.

    A stationery set that includes scissors and glue is recommended.

    A smart phone or camera would be beneficial. The Science course aims to use everyday materials, such as foil, batteries measurement tools, jars, plastic containers, food dyes and kitchen chemicals (e.g. bi carb soda, vinegar, detergent.).


    Example of Learning Activities

    Examples of Year 5 Learning Activities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Year 6

    Overview

    English and Mathematics are offered as single subjects. These are available in printed modules as well as on line, in PDF format.

    Humanities/Arts, Science/Design Technologies and Health and Physical Education are subjects that are available on line only.  Reliable internet access is required to complete these subjects.

    The DECV curriculum is based on the Department of Education and Training’s F-10 Victorian Curriculum. There is flexibility to adapt the learning program to meet the needs of individual learners.

    English

    Students develop and consolidate English skills so they can communicate effectively in a variety of ways for different purposes.  These skills include speaking, reading, writing, viewing and understanding. Developing English skills and understandings enables learners to create written and spoken texts that entertain, inform and persuade.  Students develop skills in spelling and vocabulary, punctuation and grammar.

    Students need approximately one and a half to two hours per day to complete the English tasks.

    Mathematics

    Students increase their understanding of maths concepts in the key areas of: Number and Algebra; Measurement and Geometry; and Statistics and Probability.

    Each module contains ten days of activities which are designed to develop understanding and reasoning in Mathematics as it applies to daily life. About 60 minutes per day should be committed to completing the Mathematics activities. As part of the DECV enrolment, students will have access to Mathletics to supplement the DECV Mathematics Program.  An internet connection is required to use Mathletics.

     Humanities /Arts

    Humanities and Arts have been integrated at Year 6 level. In most modules, the Arts component is directly related to the topic studied.

    Humanities topics include Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography and Economic and Business. Students are guided through the key concepts using an Inquiry Learning approach. Learners understand the main ideas by posing questions, investigating relevant ideas and presenting what they have learnt. DECV teachers will guide and support students to build their understanding of Humanities themes. This course is delivered entirely on line and a reliable internet service is required.

    Science, Design & Technologies

    Science develops the learner’s interest and curiosity in everyday events.. Science activities are designed to develop ideas about scientific inquiry methods, such as questioning, planning, conducting experiments, investigating and communicating results.

    Learners will solve problems and make informed, evidence-based conclusions about their investigations and experiments.

    Design Technologies and Digital Technologies are integrated within the Science curriculum and throughout other learning areas.

    Science, Design and Technologies is available online only and requires a reliable internet connection.

    Health & Physical Education

    Students are guided to become responsible for their own physical fitness, safety health and wellbeing.  Different approaches are used to create awareness of and engagement in making healthy, positive lifestyle choices.

    Students identify features of health-related fitness and the significance of physical activity participation to health and wellbeing. This course is on line only and requires a reliable internet connection.

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    Requirements

    DECV aims to be flexible to meet the circumstances of each of our students. Teachers are here to advise you how to modify and adapt the course to meet the needs of the learner.

    Ideally, you need to have access to a computer and have reliable phone and internet connections. If you are travelling, have a simple collection of mathematical tools, such as protractor, compass, ruler or tape measure.

    A stationery set that includes scissors and glue would be useful.

    A smart phone or camera would be beneficial. There may be some “Apps” that are recommended, such as “History Pin” and “Genius Scan”.

    The Science course aims to use everyday materials, such as foil, batteries measurement tools, jars, plastic containers, food dyes and kitchen chemicals (bi carb soda, vinegar, detergent.)


    Example of Learning Activities

    Complete an online interactive to find a treasure.

    1. follow a procedure to complete a task;
    2. discover what a scientist does;
    3. contribute to a Blog;
    4. create a piece of Art;
    5. find out how Australia became a nation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  •  Year 7

    Click on the subject titles in the list below to access information about how that subject is offered here at DECV.

     

    Launch Pad & Relaunch

    English

    Mathematics

    Science and Design

    Health and Physical Education

    Art

    Civics & Citizenship

    Design Technology (Food)

    Digital Technology

    Drama

    History

     

  •  Year 8

    Click on the subject titles in the list below to access information about how that subject is offered here at DECV.

     

    Launch Pad & Relaunch

    English

    Mathematics

    Art

    Drama

    Health and Physical Education

    Science and Design

    Design Technology (Materials)

    Digital Technology

    Economics and Business

    Geography

  • Year 9

    Click on the subject titles in the list below to access information about how that subject is offered here at DECV.

     

    Launch Pad & Relaunch

    English

    Mathematics

    Geography

    Science Inquiry

    Design Technology (Food)

    Health and Physical Education

    Media

    Civics and Citizenship

    Dance

    Digital Technology

  • Year 10

    Click on the subject titles in the list below to access information about how that subject is offered here at DECV.

     

    Launch Pad & Relaunch

    English

    Mathematics

    History

    Psychology

    Science Inquiry

    Design Technology (Food)

    Media

    Philosophy

    Health and Physical Education

    Dance

    Digital Technology

    Economics and Business

    Research

  • Year 11

    Click on the subject titles in the list below to access information about how that subject is offered here at DECV.

     

    Year 11 & 12 Orientation

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Year 12

    Click on the subject titles in the list below to access information about how that subject is offered here at DECV.

     

    Year 11 & 12 Orientation