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2019 Subject information

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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 2019, 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 Victorian 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 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 require regular and reliable access to a computer/device and the internet. Students will need to login to the school’s online portal to communicate and submit work online regularly.
    They are expected to participate in multiple areas of the online courses. This includes online lessons, forums and interactives activities. All student reports are only available online.
    The subject information pages on the DECV website have more information about the technological and other requirements for individual subject. Please read these pages carefully before making subject selections.

     

     

  • Foundation

    Overview

    Foundation begins with a two-week Introductory Module. This is 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 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

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

    Integrated Curriculum

    The curriculum aims to extend your child’s abilities 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

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

     

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    Requirements

    Reliable internet access is required for enrolment in Foundation and a supervisor is needed to assist with the explanation of learning tasks.
    A form of communication is required for regular contact with teachers, e.g. telephone, email, Skype, etc.

    Example of Learning Activities

    Welcome to Orange

  • Year 1

    Overview

    Year 1 begins with a two-week Introductory Module. This is 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 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

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

    Integrated Curriculum

    The curriculum aims to extend your child’s abilities 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

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

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    Requirements

    Reliable internet access is required for enrolment in Year 1 and a supervisor is needed to assist with the explanation of learning tasks.
    A form of communication is required for regular contact with teachers, e.g. telephone, email, Skype, etc.


    Example of Learning Activities

    Welcome to Purple

  • Year 2

     

    Overview

    Year 2 begins with a two-week Introductory Module. This is 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 guidelines and the Victorian Curriculum. It aims to extend your child’s abilities and provide the foundation for continued learning.

    English

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

    Integrated Curriculum

    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

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

     

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    Requirements

     

    Reliable internet access is required for enrolment in Year 2 and a supervisor is needed to assist with the explanation of learning tasks.

    A form of communication is required for regular contact with teachers, e.g. telephone, email, Skype, etc.


    Example of Learning Activities

    Examples of Year 2 Learning Activities

     

     

  • Year 3

    Overview

    The Year 3 learning program begins with Launch Pad. This is an introductory two-week online module. The subsequent learning program is a series of two- and four-week modules. English, Humanities and Arts, Health and PE, as well as Science, Design and Technologies are delivered fully online. Digital Technologies are integrated throughout each of the learning areas. The Mathematics course can be downloaded in PDF format from DECVOnline.
    The Year 3 curriculum is based on the Department of Education and Training’s guidelines and the Victorian Curriculum. The learning program is adaptive and designed to build and extend on your child’s abilities.

    English

    The English learning program focuses on developing literacy, language and thinking skills. Learning activities include deconstructing and constructing specific text types. Throughout the four-week modules increasingly complex punctuation and sentence structures are developed. Your child will draw upon prior knowledge to practise and extend what they have learned to consolidate both “learning to read and write” and “reading and writing to learn”.

    Mathematics

    The Maths learning program consists of 16 sequential modules. These modules emphasise the meaning and purpose of mathematics, and how it is relevant and applicable to daily life. Your child will complete learning activities to construct and develop key understandings in number and algebra, measurement and geometry, as well as statistics and probability. Your child will engage in the learning program through questioning, investigating, reasoning and problem solving.
    The two-week modules contain related explanations, tasks, assessments, reflection and online interactives. As part of the DECV enrolment, your child will have access to Mathletics to supplement the DECV Mathematics program.

    Humanities and Arts

    Humanities and Arts is an integrated curriculum using inquiry-based approaches to learning. Humanities topics include Civics and Citizenship, History, and Geography. Arts includes Visual Arts, Media Arts, Dance, Drama, and Music.
    Humanities and Arts modules support students to investigate, extend, create, perform and demonstrate the outcomes for these subjects.

    Science, Design and Technologies

    The Science, Design and Technologies learning program enables your child to develop scientific language, 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.
    This course provides a platform where your child can build scientific skills to investigate, design, experiment, document and communicate their solutions and understandings in highly visual, digital formats

    Health and Physical Education

    Health and Physical Education are modules in which your child will be 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.

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    Requirements

    Requirements for enrolling in the Year 3 course include:
    internet access
    a printer, scanner or scanner app for your smart phone
    a form of communication for regular contact with teachers, e.g. telephone, email or Skype
    a supervisor to support and assist with the explanation of learning tasks.


    Example of Learning Activities

    Year 3 Examples of Learning Activities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Year 4

    Overview

    Year 4 begins with an introductory program called Launch Pad, which is then followed by a series of modules. Mathematics modules are available in booklet form as well as online. English, Humanities and Arts, Health and Physical Education, as well as Science, Design and Technologies 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 Curriculum Guidelines. There is flexibility to adapt the program to meet your child’s individual needs.

    English

    The English course has a focus on listening and speaking, reading and writing, planning, creating and reflecting. Your child will be inspired by reading, challenged by interesting ideas, and will learn about other people and other places. The sequential modules explore different text types and will help build your child’s skills in grammar, sentence structure and punctuation. They will learn how to use their English skills to create, inform, entertain, persuade and inspire others. Your child’s teacher will help them to create their own stories and to share their ideas with others.

    Each module is completed over four weeks, with a weekly submission of work.

    Mathematics

    The Mathematics learning program consists of 16 sequential modules. These modules emphasise the meaning and purpose of mathematics and how it is relevant and applicable to daily life. Your child will complete learning activities to construct and develop key understandings in number and algebra, measurement and geometry, as well as statistics and probability. Your child will engage in their learning program through questioning, investigating, reasoning and problem solving.
    Each module of Mathematics is completed over two weeks and contains related explanations, tasks, interactives, assessments and reflection. Solution booklets are provided for supervisors. As part of their DECV enrolment, your child will have access to Mathletics to supplement the DECV Mathematics program.
    An internet connection is required to use Mathletics.

    Humanities and Arts

    The Humanities and Arts course uses an integrated curriculum, which takes a research and inquiry-based approach to learning.

    The course includes Civics and Citizenship, History, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Dance, Drama, and Music. These modules provide opportunities for your child to investigate, extend, create, perform and demonstrate understandings on a variety of topics.

    Science, Design and Technologies

    In Science, Design and Technologies your child will have the opportunity 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 your child to increase their knowledge and skills to investigate, design, experiment, document and communicate their designed solutions and understandings on a variety of subjects.

    Health and Physical Education

    In Health and Physical Education your child will be 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.

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    Requirements

    Requirements for students enrolling in this course include:

    • internet access
    • a form of communication for regular contact with teachers e.g. telephone, email, Skype, etc
    • your capacity and willingness to supervise your child’s work
    • a computer, laptop or iPad
    • notebooks, pens, paper.

    Example of Learning Activities

    Green Learning Activities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Year 5

    Overview

    Working with their supervisor, your child will be supported to develop independent learning skills. They will be allocated to a teacher who will advise, monitor and support you and your child to complete the learning tasks.

    Mathematics is available in module booklets as well as online. English, Humanities and Arts, Health and Physical Education, as well as Science, Design and Technologies are only accessible 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 Curriculum. There is flexibility to adapt the program to meet your child’s individual learning needs.

    English

    The English course has a focus on listening and speaking, reading and writing, planning, creating and reflecting. Your child will be inspired by reading, challenged by interesting ideas, and will learn about other people and other places. The sequential modules explore different text types and will help build your child’s skills in grammar, sentence structure and punctuation. They will learn how to use their English skills to create, inform, entertain, persuade and inspire others. Your child’s teacher will help them to create their own stories and to share their ideas with others.
    Each module is completed over four weeks, with a weekly online submission of work.

    Mathematics

    Your child will practise a variety of fundamental skills and will be encouraged to use Mathematics in everyday situations. They will increase their understanding of mathematic concepts in the areas of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability.

    The Mathematics modules are organised into daily sessions of around 50 – 60 minutes. Mathematics modules are available in print and as PDFs. As part of their enrolment with DECV, your child will have access to Mathletics to supplement their DECV Mathematics program.

    Humanities and Arts

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

    The course includes Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography, Economics and Business, Visual Arts, Media Arts, Dance, Drama and Music.

    Your child will be guided through the key concepts using an Inquiry Learning approach. They will understand the main ideas by posing questions, investigating relevant ideas and presenting what they have learned.

    Science, Design and Technologies

    Science develops your child’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. Your child 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.

    Health and Physical Education

    Your child will be 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.

     

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    Requirements

    Requirements for enrolling in Year 5 include:

    • internet access
    • regular contact with your child’s teacher, e.g. by telephone, email, Skype, etc.
    • your capacity and willingness to supervise your child’s work
    • a computer, laptop or iPad
    • use of a smartphone (if possible)
    • notebooks, pens, paper, scissors, paint, protractor, ruler, compass

    Example of Learning Activities

    Blue Learning Activities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Year 6

    Overview

    DECV programs are designed to be flexible so teachers can adapt the activities to meet the individual needs of your child.

    English, Humanities and Arts, Health and Physical Education, as well as Science/Design Technologies are offered as online subjects. Students receive and submit their work online. Some work may be printed from DECVOnline.

    Mathematics is available in printed modules in PDF format, as well as online.

    Reliable internet access is required to complete these subjects. A scanner (or scanner app to use with a smartphone) and a printer is required.
    The DECV curriculum is based on the Department of Education and Training’s F-10 Victorian Curriculum.

    English

    Your child will develop and consolidate English skills to 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 your child to create written and spoken texts that entertain, inform and persuade. Your child will develop skills in spelling and vocabulary, punctuation and grammar.

    Allow approximately one and a half to two hours per day to complete English tasks.

    Mathematics

    Your chid will increase their understanding of Mathematical concepts in the key areas of number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability.

    Each module contains activities which are designed to develop understanding and reasoning in Mathematics, and how it applies to daily life. Allow about 60 minutes per day to focus on Mathematics.

    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 and Arts

    Humanities and Arts are integrated in the Year 6 level. In most modules, the Arts component is related to the topic studied. This course is delivered entirely online and a reliable internet service is required.

    Humanities topics include Civics and Citizenship, History, Geography, Economics and Business. Your child will be guided through the key concepts using an inquiry learning approach. They will understand the main ideas by posing questions, investigating relevant ideas and presenting what they have learnt. DECV teachers will guide and support your child to build their understanding of Humanities themes.

    Science, Design and Technologies

    Science develops your child’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.

    Your child 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.

    Health and Physical Education

    Your child will be 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.
    Your child will identify features of health-related fitness and the significance of physical activity participation to health and wellbeing.

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    Requirements

    DECV aims to be flexible to meet the circumstances of each of our students. Teachers advise you how to modify and adapt the course to meet the learning needs of your child.
    You will need to have access to a computer, and have reliable phone and internet connections. A smartphone or camera would also be beneficial. A printer, scanner or scanner app for your smartphone is recommended. There may be apps that are useful or recommended – such as a dictionary app.
    If you are travelling, have a simple collection of mathematical tools, such as protractor, compass, ruler or tape measure. An easy to use dictionary, scissors, glue and other stationery would be useful.
    The Science course aims to use everyday materials, such as foil, batteries measurement tools, jars, plastic containers, food dyes and kitchen chemicals (bicarb soda, vinegar, detergent).


    Example of Learning Activities

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  •  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

    Art

    Civics and Citizenship

    Design Technology (Food)

    Digital Technology

    Drama

    English

    Health and Physical Education

    History

    Mathematics

    Science

  •  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

    Art

    Design Technology (Materials)

    Digital Technology

    Drama

    Economics and Business

    English

    Geography

    Health and Physical Education

    Mathematics

    Science

  • 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 and Relaunch

    Civics and Citizenship

    Dance

    Design Technology (Food)

    Digital Technology

    English

    Geography

    Health and Physical Education

    Mathematics

    Media

    Science

  • 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 and Relaunch

    Dance

    Design Technology (Food)

    Digital Technology

    Economics and Business

    English

    Health and Physical Education

    History

    Mathematics

    Media

    Philosophy

    Psychology

    Research

    Science

  • 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 and 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 and 12 Orientation