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Curriculum

Thulimbah State School provides an educational program based on the Australian Curriculum (ACARA). We use Education Queensland’s Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) teaching units as a resource for all learning areas and deliver the curriculum using Explicit Instruction and the gradual release of responsibility model. In 2016 we delivered Spelling Mastery as a school wide program and a new Phonics program in Prep. Our focus is on maintaining high standards in literacy and numeracy as well as building on each child’s strengths. English is explicitly taught in a 2 hour block daily and Maths is taught in a 1.5 hour block. Children in years 3-6 participate in Italian and all students participate in P.E., Music and instrumental. All students are supported through differentiated lessons to achieve their potential. Our Assessment and Reporting schedule can be found on our website and includes Pat assessments in Reading, Mathematics, Spelling, Vocabulary and Grammar and Punctuation. We track our data and provide students with feedback on a regular basis. All learning areas have curriculum boards in each classroom which display learning intentions and success criteria. Students keep their summative assessments and tracking sheets in their Goals and Achievement portfolios.

 

Technology

At Thulimbah computers and other communication technologies are used to assist students learning. Students use ICT’s on a daily basis to build skills in the areas of literacy and numeracy by completing online digital tasks set by classroom teachers. Students also use a variety of publishing and presentation software to engage with their intended audience. Students are taught how to critically use the internet to collect information. iPads are used to complement literacy and numeracy concepts. In 2016 Thulimbah created a dedicated Computer Lab and increased our computers from 6 to 16. 4 computers were also placed into the P-2 classroom and a schoolwide ICT program was designed. The school purchased Bee Bots and other coding games and delivered the Digital Technologies curriculum using code.org. In 2018 Thulimbah will be one of the first schools to do NAPLAN online and preparation for this has also begun.