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Teaching and learning

Teachers and school leaders at Karalee take personal and collective responsibility for improving student learning, working as a team and learning from each other’s practices. As part of our “learning together” philosophy, teachers are provided with dedicated planning days to work in year level teams to collaboratively plan, deliver and review the effectiveness of curriculum delivery.

Karalee State School teaching and learning hierarchy (PDF, 427 KB)

Please refer to the Karalee State School Teaching and Learning Hierarchy for a graphic representation of the curriculum layers that shape the Karalee State School Teaching and Learning Programs.

The Australian Curriculum

All Queensland state schools implement the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. The Australian Curriculum, which was introduced in 2012, sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and General Capabilities that are important for all Australian students.

General capabilities, a key dimension of the Australian Curriculum, are addressed explicitly in the content of the Learning Areas. The General Capabilities encompass the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that, together with curriculum content in each learning area and the Cross-curriculum Priorities, will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century. The Australian Curriculum includes seven General Capabilities:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) capability
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding
  • Intercultural understanding.

Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C)

The C2C project is a set of example planning resources to help Queensland teachers implement the Australian Curriculum in the learning areas of English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. The C2C materials provide a starting point for curriculum planning and teachers at Karalee adapt the materials to meet individual student learning needs and our local context. C2C resources are available in the Australian Curriculum. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are embedded in practice in all Learning Areas.

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Queensland Essential Learnings

At Karalee State School we continue to use the Queensland Essential Learnings to plan, teach, assess and report on the following key learning areas:

  • Health and Physical Education (HPE)
  • The Arts
  • Technology
  • Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

In addition to the C2C units and The Essential Learnings, we also offer specialised instruction in Physical Education (PE), Music, Languages Other Than English (LOTE) for students in Years 4 to 6 (German), specilaist Science lessons for students in Year 1 to 3, specilaist Drama and Visual Arts for Prep and Religious Education.

Queensland Early Years Curriculum Guidelines:

Teachers in the Prep also follow the Australian Curriculum through C2C resources and continue to implement the following areas of the Queensland Early Years Curriculum Guidelines:

  • Social and personal learning
  • Health and physical learning
  • Active learning processes

Pedagogical Framework

Inspired by “The Big Four” by Jim Knight, the Karalee State School Pedagogical Framework has been collaboratively developed to ensure high quality teaching focused on the achievement of every student.
The Pedagogical Framework:
  • describes the school values and beliefs about teaching and learning in the local context
  • outlines processes for professional learning and instructional leadership which support a consistent whole-school approachutlines processes for professional learning and instructional leadership which support a consistent whole-school approach
  • details procedures, practices and strategies - for teaching, differentiating, monitoring, assessing and moderating

Karalee SS Teaching and Learning Framework- Parent.pdf

The requirements for Queensland state schools in implementing both the Australian curriculum and the Queensland curriculum are specified in the P-12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework.

The framework consists of a policy document and supplementary policy statements. Together, these establish the expectations for Queensland state schools in delivering curriculum to optimise learning for all students from prep to year 12.

The P-12 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework reflects education Queensland's agenda for improvement as part of a commitment to providing a world-class education for all students. There have been significant improvements in outcomes for Queensland students. Continued improvement will be achieved through a personal and collective commitment to our core learning priorities, as outlined in united in our pursuit of excellence and to the instructional leadership of principals and high-quality teaching.

The P-12 Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework is a key reference for all state school principals, staff and school communities.  

Learning Goals

At Karalee we believe learning goals are an important feature of our whole school approach as they provide students with a map of their learning.  They make learning visible for students by clearly stating the knowledge and processes that are essential to a student’s success. Our focus is on developing learning goals in reading, writing and number.
Inspired by the “Gradual Release of Responsibility” model by Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, our explicit teaching cycle outlines the gradual shift in responsibility from the teacher to the learner in the progression of a lesson.