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Curriculum

At Gympie East State School learning is central to everything we do; with high expectations and a commitment to academic excellence. Students are provided with challenging learning opportunities to demonstrate their potential through quality assessment tasks. Student data is analysed regularly to inform improvement, guide teaching practices and prompt early intervention.

Our approach to curriculum delivery: 

  • Gympie East State Schools learning and teaching program is organised around the core learning outcomes of eight Key Learning Areas (KLAs).
  • The Department of Education’s resources support our planning and assessment, (Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) and the Australian Curriculum).
  • Gympie East also has a strong commitment to explicitly teaching the core skills of Numeracy, Reading and Spelling.
  • Our planning and teaching uses a differentiated approach that targets every child’s individual needs. We use the Gympie Alliance Diagnostic math tests and planning tools to differentiate the math curriculum for our students. In English, we use the NCR Small Schools Planning document to provide consistency across the school. As a cluster, we attend both Pre and Post Moderation to ensure grades are accurate and consistent. Maths and reading achievements are continuously tracked, reported on for each student. This data is used to inform teaching and then drives student achievement.
  • Reading decoding and comprehension skills are targeted through a whole school improvement approach that includes using the Sheena Cameron comprehensions strategies, Jolly Phonics, Daily Rapid Reading and the Gradual Release model.

 

How information and communication technologies are used to assist learning

Each classroom, learning support and the library is equipped with an interactive screen which is in daily use. Each Classroom has access to a bank of laptops and iPads linked to internet and printers. The schools iPads are used across all curricula activities to provide engaging and intellectually stimulating activities that produce strong learning results. Students have the use of a computer laboratory in the Resource Centre where specific lessons are taught each week and research undertaken. Computers are used to differentiate learning for identified students using appropriate programs. Students access library resources using the computer system. Teachers all use EQ provided laptops for planning and assessment and reporting. Data from our solar generation system is used to monitor energy use and also in practical math and science. A school wide STEM program is in the process of being initiated across the school.