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Curriculum

Algester State School has a strong and vibrant curriculum that is based on the Australian Curriculum.  We collaboratively develop units of work that evoke inquiry and critical and creative thinking across all of the areas of the curriculum.  We also have a strong focus on digital pedagogies to deliver many aspects of our work. 
 
The following diagram encapsulates the way we think about Curriculum at Algester State School:
 
 
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Purposeful curriculum content connections:
  • We combine 2 to 3 learning areas when a genuine and purposeful connection is found
  • We stay true to the disciplines 
  • We allow for purposeful use of teaching time 
 
Age Appropriate Pedagogies and Inquiry learning 
  • We provide opportunities for play based learning, inquiry learning, project based learning, event based learning, explicit instruction and direct instruction
  • Ensure a range and balance of teaching strategies
  • Provide balanced opportunities for all pedagogical methods
 
Critical and creative thinking 
  • Every child can create
  • Every child can develop a capability to think critically when they are given explicit opportunities.
 
Differentiation and personalisation of learning – 
  • We Collaboratively plan for differentiation 
  • We allow students to have choice and voice to personalise their learning
  • We use a range of strategies to differentiate including digital pedagogies
 
Collaborative planning – 
  • There is high ownership of units of work and collaboratively developed authentic tasks by the teachers of our school.
 
Capacity Building 
  • We build teacher capacity through our coaching model and professional learning conversations and communities
  • Our teachers learn from and with one another to provide optimal learning experiences and outcomes for all students.
 
SAMR 
  • We Plan for transformational teaching – modification of tasks and redefinition of tasks in our classrooms.
  • We have 21st Century Learning Practices in our classrooms.