The Department of Education has refined the Tasmanian Curriculum Framework The proposal for the refined framework was strongly supported with some constructive suggestions for final changes to ensure it can be successfully implemented. The curriculum framework is important because it shows the areas of learning from which each child’s program is drawn. For your child’s learning, his or her school activities are even more important and the refined curriculum will not limit our teacher’s ability to make your child’s experience innovative and challenging. 
Keeping the best of the Essential Learnings was widely supported. For example developing students’ thinking skills was strongly supported and this will be at the heart of the framework and will be a part of everything students do. 
There was also strong support for students to continue to be assessed against state standards, which means that you can clearly see how your child is going compared to others in the same year group in state schools. Our staff, like many others, thought it was especially important that they continue to meet together across schools in the cluster to moderate student achievement against Standards. This gives comparability across schools and grades and confidence to parents that assessments are fair. 
There is very strong support for the development of teaching guides (a syllabus) for each curriculum area to guide teachers and provide consistency across schools.  
The Curriculum includes:
  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Science
  • Information and Communications Technology( ICT)
  • Society and History
  • Arts
  • Health and Well Being
  • Vocational and Applied Learning
  
The Curriculum at Forest Primary
Assessment and Reporting at Forest Primary will not change. Your child’s progress will be assessed against a smaller, but clearly understandable, number of areas. There is now a simpler assessment process that distinguishes between primary and secondary education. 
At Forest Primary School your child will be assessed against state standards in:
  • English/Literacy
  • Mathematics/Numeracy
  • Science
  • Society and History
in three reports throughout the year: term 1 – progress report; term 2 – mid year report; term 3 – end of year summary report.
 Health and Well Being and the Arts will be assessed by your child’s teacher with a comment based on his or her judgement of progress being made; teachers will monitor ICT progress across the years with state assessments by a skills check at year 6.
 Together with this children’s progress is monitored throughout the year and programs are adapted to suit changing needs.  Teachers meet regularly to collaborate, plan, assess and to group children.  Resources are then directed to areas of greatest need.