Our curriculum plan is inclusive of all year levels from Prep through to Year 6 and is focussed on developing the needs of the whole child.
Our curriculum plan encompasses all key learning areas:
the arts (art, music, dance and drama)
health and physical education (HPE)
languages other than english (LOTE) - Chinese in Years 5 and 6.
'Program Achieve – You Can Do It' identifies five foundations that support the success of achieving students – confidence, persistence, organisation, getting along and resilience.
Across the school, the language of this program is heard throughout our school.
Our vision and school wide pedagogical principals are embedded in the curriculum offered to our students. Teaching and learning at Sandy Strait State School incorporates
- English (a minimum of seven hours instruction per week, with an expected ten hours in prep to year five)
- Mathematics (a minimum of five hours instruction per week)
- Science (a minimum of one hour instruction per week in prep to year 2, 1.75 hours in years 3,4,5 and 6)
- History (a minimum of half an hour in prep to year 2, 1 hour in years 3 to 6 and 1.25 hours)
These subjects are treated as discrete, focused key learning areas and are taught according to the Australian National Curriculum using the Queensland Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) materials as a base.
The other Key Learning Areas of Geography, The Arts and Technology are a feature of every classroom program of instruction at Sandy Strait.
Specialist lessons are taught by specialist staff in Music, Mandarin Chinese LOTE (year 5 and 6) and Health and Physical Education.
Support is offered to students and staff through:
- Support and intervention through our Support Teachers for Literacy and Numeracy (in consultation with class teachers and the Literacy Numeracy Support Team)
- Specialist intervention programs are on offer in Literacy and Numeracy
- Academic talent and extension programs through our Extension Teacher.
- Teacher Aides who work extensively throughout the school supporting Literacy and Numeracy development
- Individual Curriculum Plans for students with disabilities
- Multi-tiered approach to support students with diagnosed disabilities including specialised support classes with a teacher and dedicated teacher aide supporting students to access the curriculum, in class individual and small group support depending on the student’s disability and individual support needs.
- Advisory Visiting Teachers provide support upon request for areas such as Speech Language Pathology, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment etc.
- School Guidance Officer, Chaplain and other community organisations on referral