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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 2018, 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 in 2018 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 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, and 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, and use it 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 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 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 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, and explore position, movement and direction. Students develop an awareness of the collection, presentation and variation of data and use it 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 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 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 guidelines and the Victorian Curriculum. It 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, and explore position, movement and direction. Students collect and present data and use it 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 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 curriculum is based on the Department of Education and Training’s F-10 Victorian Guidelines. We offer integrated inquiry-based tasks that are flexible and adaptive to suit individual student needs and circumstances. Reliable internet access is a prerequisite for enrolling at DECV.

    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 and four week Modules covering all areas of the curriculum.

    The Mathematics course is available as a paper-based Module. These booklets can be downloaded from DECVonline.

    English; Humanities / Arts; Health and PE; and Science, Design and Technologies are delivered online. Digital Technologies are integrated throughout each of the learning areas.

    English

    The English learning program focuses on developing literacy, language and thinking skills.

    Students will improve speaking, listening, reading, viewing and writing by responding to tasks and completing activities.

    Students will be encouraged to select a range of reading materials they can read independently. In the context of a range of texts (stories, reports, comics, poetry,) students will learn to use English to communicate ideas, select appropriate words and use them correctly. Students will learn spelling, grammar and punctuation skills to improve their speaking, reading and writing skills.

    Students will be encouraged to read, understand and discuss what they read. They will learn to write correct sentences to communicate ideas, in a variety of text types.

    The English course will be online, so a reliable internet is required.

    Mathematics

    The Mathematics learning program is delivered as a booklet which can be downloaded from DECVonline. It is recommended that students and supervisors study Mathematics for one hour per day.

    Students will learn by questioning, exploring, investigating, reasoning and problem solving.

    Students are encouraged to make links between their daily experiences and mathematical skills, so they can construct and develop key understandings in number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. There is a focus on developing automatic recall of simple number facts and developing good understandings of key concepts in Mathematics: number, counting, operations, place value, measurement and fractions.

    Students will have access to Mathletics as an online extension to the DECV Maths learning program. Internet access is required.

    Humanities and Arts

    Humanities and Arts are 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. 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.

    The course allows students to increase their knowledge and skills to investigate, design, experiment, document and communicate their solutions and understandings of a variety of subjects.

    Reliable internet access is required for this course.

    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. Supervisors are expected to work closely with their student.

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

    A printer, scanner or scanner App for your smart phone is recommended.

    A collection of basic mathematical tools, such as a box of counters, a ruler or tape measure is recommended. Scissors, glue, coloring pencils and other stationery would be useful.


    Example of Learning Activities

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  • Year 4

    Overview

    Year 4 students begin with an introductory program called Launch Pad and then complete a series of modules. Mathematics modules are available in booklet form as well as online. English; 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 16 Modules, each with 10 school days of learning activities. Work submissions are usually expected each fortnight.

    Mathematics

    The Maths learning program consists of 16 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,m 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 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 reliable internet access is required.

    Health and 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

    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
    • 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.

    Mathematics is available in module booklets as well as online. English; Humanities / Arts; Science, Design and Technologies; and Health and Physical Education are online subjects 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 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 eight Modules, each with 10 school days of learning activities. Work submissions are expected each week.

    Mathematics

    Students practise 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. The Module booklets and the on line program are identical. As part of their enrolment with DECV, students have 24/7 access to Mathletics to supplement the mathematics program.

    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 learned. This course is online only and a reliable internet service is required.

    Science, Design and 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 online and requires a reliable internet connection.

     

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    Requirements

    Internet access is required for all students enrolling in Year 5, as is a form of communication for regular contact with teachers e.g. telephone, email, Skype, etc.

    Students need 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 and a smartphone 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. bicarb soda, vinegar, detergent.).


    Example of Learning Activities

    Examples of Year 5 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/Arts, Science/Design Technologies and Health and Physical Education are offered as online subjects. Students receive and submit their work online. Some work may be printed from DECVonline, completed, scanned and submitted online.

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

    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

    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.

    Reliable internet is essential to complete this course.

    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 activities which are designed to develop understanding and reasoning in Mathematics as it applies to daily life. Allow about 60 minutes per day to focus on Mathematics. 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 are integrated at 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 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. DECV teachers will guide and support students to build their understanding of Humanities themes.

    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 online 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 advise you how to modify and adapt the course to meet the learning needs of your student.

    Ideally, you need to have access to a computer and have reliable phone and internet connections. A smartphone or camera would 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.)


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  •  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

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  • 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