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Curriculum

At Ipswich East State School, we believe that we all can achieve!

Australia has moved towards a national curriculum to achieve consistency in curriculum, assessment and reporting from Prep to Year 12. Beginning 2013 our curriculum will be drawn from The Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History.

The remaining areas of SOSE (Studies of Society and Environment ),Health and Physical Education, Languages, Technology and The Arts are drawn from the Queensland Studies Authority Essential Learnings. The Australian Curriculum values, respects and explores the contribution of Asian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to its contemporary literature and its literary heritage through their distinctive ways of representing and communicating knowledge, traditions and experience.

The Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) project will support state school implementation of the Australian Curriculum with a comprehensive set of exemplar school curriculum plans, based on those produced by the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA). This comprehensive curriculum planning package, created by teachers for teachers, provides guidance for the implementation of the Foundation (Prep) - 10 Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science and History in 2013.

English

English helps students to engage imaginatively and critically with literature ,which in turn expands the scope of their experiences. Texts provide the means for communication .They can be written, spoken or multimodal, and in print or digital/online forms. The English curriculum is organised into three inter-related strands:

  • Language

  • Literature

  • Literacy

Within the strands, the processes of speaking and listening, reading, viewing and writing are represented. Language elements such as spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary are developmentally sequenced within the strands.

We hold strong to uninterrupted literacy blocks across the school to ensure the delivery of a daily Literacy Program. This provides each student with small group and intensive support, appropriate to their individual needs. Throughout these sessions students come to appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations. Students develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue.  

Mathematics

Mathematics is arranged in three strands:

  • Number and Algebra

  • Measurement and Geometry

  • Statistics and Probability

Within each strand students are encouraged to reason and work mathematically, recognising the connections between the areas using mathematical Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning. We encourage students to be confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics enabling them to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their everyday life.

Science

Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. Science has three interrelated strands:

  • Science Understanding

  • Science as a Human Endeavour

  • Science Inquiry Skills

Science Understanding provides a solid foundation of knowledge in the biological, chemical, physical, earth and space sciences.

History

History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that develops students' curiosity and imagination. Awareness of history is an essential characteristic of any society, and historical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves and others. It promotes the understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earliest times. It helps students appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day. History, as a discipline, has its own methods and procedures which make it different from other ways of understanding human experience. The study of history is based on evidence derived from remains of the past. It is interpretative by nature, promotes debate and encourages thinking about human values, including present and future challenges.

Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)

SOSE enables students to use their fascination with people and places to make sense of their world. They investigate societies and environments and develop an understanding of their relationships with other people and places. They identify values in everyday situations and local contexts. They see the place of social and environmental inquiry in people’s work and community lives. Students gain awareness of the history and diversity of lifestyles of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia.

This key learning area is organised under the strands of:

  • Time, Continuity and Change

  • Place and Space

  • Culture and Identity

  • Systems, Resources and Power

Technology

Technology requires students to employ the actions of investigating, creating new ideas, producing and evaluating as they design and develop products.

They gain an awareness of local Australian resources and how these have contributed to technology processes and products, in the past and present. They see the place of technology in people’s work and community lives.

This learning area is organised under the strands of:

  • Technology as a Human Endeavour

  • Information, Materials and Systems (Resources)

Students work technologically, individually and collaboratively to develop creative responses to design situations. They manipulate and process resources and consider what has worked well and what could be improved. They reflect on their learning and consider the uses and impacts of technology in familiar everyday situations. Students explore the use of computers, digital cameras, interactive whiteboards and specific software programs to inquire, create and communicate within technology contexts .

Health and Physical Education (HPE)

HPE provides a foundation for developing active and healthy members of society. The strands of:

  • Promoting the Health of Individuals and Communities

  • Physical Activity and personal Development

We offer students opportunities to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for making informed personal decisions. Specialist teachers deliver year level programs to develop specific movement skills as well as allowing students to participate in a range of physical activities including gymnastics, surf skills/swimming programs ,interschool and recreational sports opportunities . Personal Development and Health is promoted across the school through our School Wide Positive Behaviour Program and aspects are also integrated into the classroom program.

Languages - German

German is taught in Year 5 and 6 by a specialist teacher.

The Arts

A Specialist Music teacher delivers class lessons for all Preparatory to Year 7 classes. Additionally students have the opportunity to be a part of Instrumental Music program including brass, woodwind and percussion. We also have our own school band. Art, Drama and Dance are incorporated into class activities across all year levels.