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.


Prep Essential Learning Statements


Reading and Viewing

Draw on developing knowledge of concepts about print to support their reading of short predictable texts.

Draw on sound and letter knowledge to read short predictable texts with familiar vocab.

Recall events from texts with familiar topics.

Use comprehension strategies to understand and discuss text listened to, viewed or read independently.

Use monitoring strategies to make meaning from texts.

Understand that there are different types of texts and that they can have similar characteristics.



Uses a capital letter at the start of a sentence, and for people’s names and a full stop to show the end of a sentence.

Use knowledge of letters and sounds to record words and can spell the first 20 words on the Oxford Wordlist.

Use familiar words, phrases and images to convey ideas.

Correctly form all upper and lower case letters.


Speaking and Listening

Listen to and use appropriate interaction skills to respond to others in a familiar environment

Listen to and use appropriate interaction skills to respond to others in a familiar environment and understand that texts can reflect their own experiences.

identify and describe likes and dislikes about familiar texts objects, characters and events

Can hear and identify sounds in words, letter patterns, syllables and rhymes in spoken words.

identify and describe dislikes about familiar texts.




Order, understand and connect names and numerals with sets of objects up to 20.

Connect number names and numerals with sets of up to 20, estimate the size of these sets, and use counting strategies to solve problems.

Represent, continue and create simple patterns.

Use counting strategies to solve problems that involve combining sets.

Use counting strategies to solve problems that involve separating sets.

Solve problems that involve comparing.


Measurement and Geometry

Identify measurement attributes in practical situations and compare lengths, masses and capacities of familiar objects.

Order events, explain their duration, and match days of the week to familiar events.

Identify simple shapes in the environment and sort shapes by their common and distinctive features.

Use simple statements and gestures to describe location.


Statistics and Probability

Sort familiar data into sets and use these to answer yes/no questions and make simple true/false statements about the data.