Year 6

What does it mean to have a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum?


A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum (GVC) ensures that all students have an equal opportunity to learn. Each student will have access to a highly effective teacher, and access to the same content, knowledge and skills in each class.


What is a Guaranteed Curriculum? Every student is provided the opportunity to learn a core curriculum which provides them with the probability of success in school.

What is a Viable Curriculum? Schools make sure that the necessary time is available and protected so students will be able to learn the guaranteed curriculum.


Creating a horizontal sequence of what needs to be learned across individual grade levels or courses as well as a vertical sequence from grade level to grade level or from course to course. Teachers align the curriculum with the Victorian Standards


Preparing a Guaranteed Curriculum requires that teachers have adequate time to prepare, instruct and assess, and that students have adequate time to receive, process, and retain new information. Viable Curriculum means that the Essential Learning Statements, pacing guide and daily instruction are all manageable and can be realistically taught to mastery levels in the year.


Year 6 Essential Learnings


Reading and Viewing

Identify and explain how analytical images like figures, tables, diagrams, maps and graphs contribute to our understanding of verbal information in factual and persuasive texts

Use understanding of morphology to recognise increasingly complex words.

Compare and analyse information in different texts, explaining literal and implied meaning.

Compare and analyse information in different texts. Select and use evidence from a text to explain their response to it.

Use knowledge of how

words work to build understanding when reading. 

Understand how the use of text structures can achieve particular effects.



Understand how to use accurate punctuation.

Understands and accurately uses commas to separate clauses

Use accurate spelling.

Makes considered choices selecting vocabulary to enhance the cohesion of the text.

Create texts that adapt or combine elements of imaginative, informative and persuasive texts utilising the relevant features in innovative ways appropriate for the purpose and audience.

Demonstrates an understanding of grammar and make considered choices from expanding vocabulary to enhance cohesion and structure in writing.

Demonstrates fluid continuous cursive writing without the need for dotted thirds.

Plans own and revised own and others writing to support cohesive structure, meaning and language features, explaining my own editing and revising choices.


Speaking and Listening

Listen to discussions, clarifying content, challenging others’ ideas.

Makes presentations and contributes actively to class and group discussions, using a variety of strategies for effect.

Understands how language features and language patterns can be used for emphasis

Explains how choice of language features and images are used

Create detailed texts, elaborating on key ideas for a range of purposes and audiences




Number and Algebra

Use ordered pairs of integers to represent coordinates of points and locate a point in any one of the four quadrants.

Use the order of operations to solve algebraic problems and identify patterns in numbers.

Recognise the properties of prime, composite, square and triangular numbers and determine sets of these numbers.

Solves problems involving the addition and subtraction of related fractions.

Multiply whole numbers by decimals and divide whole numbers by single digit numbers where the results are terminating (rational) decimals

Locate fractions on a number line and connect fractions, decimals and percentages as different representations of the same number.

Calculate the percentage discounts on sale items.


Measurement and Geometry

Relate decimals to the metric system and choose appropriate units of measurement to perform a calculation.

Solve problems involving time, length, and area and make connections between capacity and volume.

Interpret a variety of everyday timetables.

Construct simple prisms and pyramids.

Solve problems using the properties of angles.

Investigate simple combinations of transformations in the plane, with and without the use of digital technology.


Statistics and Probability

Specify, list and communicate probabilities and compare observed and expected frequencies of events.

Interpret and compare a range of data displays for two-categorical variables, and analyse and evaluate data from secondary sources.