The teaching and learning program at The Basin Primary School aims to recognise and develop every child’s individual strengths and learning needs. There is a strong emphasis on the teaching of English and Mathematics as the foundations for all other learning. Daily literacy and numeracy learning blocks are designed around the individual learning needs of each student, providing extension and support where needed. Developing the whole child is central to the learning program at The Basin Primary School. Students are provided with opportunities to investigate the world around them through Units of Inquiry. These units allow students to conduct research and real life learning tasks that help them to better understand their world. The development of research, communication, thinking and interpersonal skills are all essential components of the Units of Inquiry, ensuring that our students are developing the broad range of skills they will require for their future.

The classroom learning program is supported by specialist programs in Physical & Sport Education, Music and Performing Arts, Visual Arts & Crafts and German. Classroom teachers take their own Library and ICT sessions.

The Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) have been the basis upon which all Victorian schools plan and deliver curriculum and monitor student achievements. It describes what students should know and be able to do at various stages during years Prep to year 10. At all levels, and particularly in the primary years, schools teach many of the key learning areas in an integrated way. Students may develop their literacy and numeracy skills while working on strands in several key learning areas simultaneously.


At the start of 2013 Victorian schools commenced the transition to the new National Curriculum through AusVels. The AusVELS website will provide the curriculum for Victorian government and Catholic schools. AusVELS incorporates the Australian Curriculum F-10 for English, Mathematics, History and Science within the curriculum framework first developed for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS). AusVELS uses an eleven level structure to reflect the design of the new Australian Curriculum whilst retaining Victorian priorities and approaches to teaching and learning.

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is the independent authority responsible for the development of a national curriculum, a national assessment program and a national data collection and reporting program that supports 21st century learning for Australian students.

The Australian Curriculum is being developed by ACARA in three phases:

Phase 1 involves English, mathematics, science and history

Phase 2 involves languages, geography and the arts

Phase 3 includes design and technology, health and physical education, ICT, economics, business and civics and citizenship.

Information about the development of the national curriculum in Victoria is available from the VCAA website and from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) website.