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 Curriculum Development sessions to work in year level teams to collaboratively plan, deliver and review the effectiveness of curriculum delivery.

The Karalee SS curriculum is influenced by frameworks at the national, state and local level. Please refer to the Teaching and learning hierarchy.pdf for a graphical representation of the curriculum layers that shape the Karalee State School teaching and learning programs.

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. The disciplinary knowledge, skills and understanding are described in the eight learning areas: 

General capabilities 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

Queensland schools are currently implementing:

  • the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • the Queensland Curriculum for the remaining areas of the curriculum.

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. Whilst the Australian Curriculum will replace the Queensland Curriculum by 2020, at Karalee State School we have aligned our practices in HPE, LOTE, Technologies and The Arts to the Australian Curriculum. We offer specialised instruction in:

  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • LOTE (German) for students in Years 4 to 6
  • Specialist Science lessons for Years 1-3

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 eight learning areas. 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. At Karalee, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are embedded in practice in all learning areas.

Term 1 unit overviews (PDF, 293KB)

Term 2 unit overviews (PDF, 406KB)

Term 3 unit overviews (PDF, 407KB)

Term 4 unit overviews (PDF, 299KB)

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 approach
  • outlines 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.

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 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 for all of our students. 

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.

The teaching and learning cycle (PDF, 484KB)

Last reviewed 19 January 2021
Last updated 19 January 2021