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At Goodna State School, we strive to provide an exciting curriculum that encourages students to develop self-confidence, creativity and problem solving, leading students to embrace lifelong learning. Our curriculum adheres to the expectations of the Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science, the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences, and in accordance with the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

All of our decisions around curriculum, teaching and learning are focused on our students’ needs and abilities, culturally, intellectually and socially.  Our units of work have a strong focus on developing the knowledge and skills students will need to participate and shape their social, cultural and economic futures.  The learning opportunities provided by our units enable the school to produce a culture of high expectations and engaged learning.
Explicit Instruction, “the structured, systematic and effective methodology for teaching academic skills” as advocated by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes (2011), is core pedagogy at Goodna State School, and is central to our goal of supporting students in a positive and respectful environment enabling their success.  Explicit Instruction focusses on an unambiguous and direct approach to instructional design and delivery.  Every lesson begins with clearly communicated lesson intent and success criteria, followed by scaffolded learning experiences using the Gradual Release of Responsibility (Fisher and Frey, 2008), with modelled “We do”, joint “We do together”/”You do” and independent practice “I do”.
Full details of the National Curriculum and Curriculum content are available from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) or the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA).