Subjects and programs


Goodna State School, along with other Queensland schools, plans, teaches, assesses and reports on Australian Curriculum. The syllabus for the eight Learning Areas (English; Mathematics; Science; Humanities and Social Sciences; the Arts; Technologies; Health and Physical Education; Languages) provide a framework from which the school has adopted quality educational experiences. These experiences enable the students to demonstrate their achievement against our expected outcomes. At a school level, we plan to deliver a curriculum that ensures all students have opportunities to engage in meaningful learning.

Learning is delivered in a personalised manner, based on the Australian Curriculum and relevant to the ability and interests of the students, allowing them to successfully make the marginal learning gains that lead to success. There is a clear connection to what is being taught, assessed and reported upon.  We engage students using real life experiences and integrated across subject areas.  In Mathematics and English, we use a school based contextualised programme, focusing on student needs obtained from formative assessments.  Learning is focused on areas of need, both with extension, at year level and not yet.

In the Australian Curriculum: English, the three interrelated strands of Language, Literature and Literacy provide students with opportunities to develop listening, speaking, reading, viewing, writing and creating skills. Teachers plan to teach content descriptors, and provide ample opportunity for ongoing practice, revision and consolidation of all knowledge and skills.

The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics interacts within the three content strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability – which describe the content to be taught and learned. The thinking and doing aspects of Mathematics describe how the content is to be explored and developed and are taught using the proficiency strands of understanding, fluency, problem solving and reasoning. Teachers choose engaging experiences and real life situations to make Mathematics inclusive.

The Australian Curriculum: Science emphasises inquiry based teaching and learning, often involving context, exploration, explanation and application. Science Understanding is taught through the biological, chemical, earth and space and physical sciences. The Science Inquiry Skills and Science as a Human Endeavour strands are shared across a two-year band.

The Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences employs a skills and inquiry based model of teaching, playing an important role in harnessing students' curiosity and imagination about the world they live in and empowering them to actively shape their lives by making reflective, informed decisions and to value their belonging in a diverse and dynamic society; and positively contribute locally, nationally, regionally and globally. The Humanities and Social Sciences encompasses the knowledge and understandings of history, geography, civics and citizenship, and economics and business.

In the Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education students develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to strengthen their sense of self and to build and manage satisfying, respectful relationships. They learn to build on personal and community strengths and assets to enhance safety and wellbeing. At the core of Health and Physical Education is the acquisition of movement skills and concepts to enable students to participate in a range of physical activities – confidently, competently and creatively.

The Australian Curriculum: The Arts is a learning area that draws together related but distinct art forms. Each involves different approaches to arts practices and critical and creative thinking that reflect distinct bodies of knowledge, understanding and skills. The curriculum examines past, current and emerging arts practices in each art form across a range of cultures and places. The Arts comprises five subjects: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts, providing opportunities for students to learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their imagined and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations and experiences.

The Australian Curriculum: Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects, Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies. Students learn while working with traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies. The hands on nature of the Technologies learning area engages students in critical and creative thinking. A systematic approach to experimentation, problem-solving, prototyping and evaluation instils in students the value of planning and reviewing processes to realise ideas.

Foundation (F) in the Australian Curriculum refers to the year before Year 1. In Queensland this year of schooling is called the Preparatory year or Prep (P).

Students are offered opportunities for areas of direct learning support, extension or extra-curricular experiences as outlined in Goodna State School's Extra-Curricular Programs.

Last reviewed 18 February 2022
Last updated 18 February 2022