A process for programming a unit of learning: English K–10

General principles

General principles of curriculum planning and programming

Curriculum planning and programming

Curriculum planning and programming is the process of translating policies, curriculum requirements and NSW syllabuses into teaching, assessing and reporting practices that are responsive to the local school context.

Curriculum planning and programming aims to:

  • be responsive to student needs

  • provide a seamless progression of learning within and across school years

  • focus on learning of high intellectual quality and significance

  • make explicit high expectations for learning and achievement

  • enhance professional practice through collaborative development and evaluation.

Young primary school girl reading a book in class

A process for programming a unit of learning: English K–10 builds upon the other courses in the Implementing new curriculum series. In particular, it draws on the knowledge gained in Programming for quality teaching and assessing, which explores the general principles of curriculum planning and programming that may be applied to develop a unit of learning.

Unit of learning

Curriculum planning and programming occurs at a number of levels in a school. At each level, important decisions need to be made.

Four arrows facing right: whole school > stage and year > unit or topic > lessons

The focus of this course is the ‘Unit or topic’ level.

As you plan a unit of learning, general considerations should include:

  • Why do we plan?

  • What does our planning look like?

  • How do we plan?

This course will assist with these considerations, and with making many of the necessary decisions.

Indicative time: 20 minutes

What is this tab about?

This tab reviews the general principles of curriculum planning and programming which are explored in detail in the Programming for quality teaching and assessing course.

Delivery

Read the information in the tabs. For participants who have not completed the Programming for quality teaching and assessing course, it may be necessary to review in more detail the purpose and processes of curriculum planning and programming.