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Learning for the 21st century

At Mudgeeraba State School we understand that students are individuals who learn at different rates and have a wide variety of passions for their learning. Our job as educators is to harness the learning potential of all students so that they can achieve at the highest level possible.

It is our belief that for our curriculum to be responsive to the learning needs of our students it must recognise and celebrate diversity and engage all students in intellectually challenging learning experiences.

Our teachers plan learning experiences for the range of students in their class. They also provide explicit teaching to scaffold learning so that students develop and consolidate required knowledge and skills.

A clever curriculum

At Mudgeeraba State School we have developed a curriculum framework that is designed to provide our students with the skills necessary to contribute effectively to the complex, multi-cultural, net-worked society we live in. To achieve this we provide all students with a broad range of learning experiences across all key learning areas.

Our school has transitioned to the National Curriculum. We maintain a strong focus on developing students’ skills in English, maths, science and the Arts.

The key learning area of English is about using language to develop insight into the human experience and representing these experiences in real and imagined worlds. The teaching of English focuses on personal subjects, narratives, along with literary and non-literacy texts that move and persuade us. English provides contexts for developing literacy skills. Students are provided with opportunities to interpret and use the English language correctly, fluently, creatively, critically, confidently and effectively in a range of digital and print settings, within contexts designed for a range of purposes and audiences.

The study of mathematics is highly important for successful life beyond schooling and is taught every day. Maths lessons focus on the development of basic mathematical skills, mental maths skills and problem solving skills. Explicit teaching of strategies to enable students to think mathematically occurs as a key element of our approach.

Scientific ways of thinking and solving problems are powerful tools for children to use as they seek explanations for how things work, or to understand why things are the way they are. Science education prepares students to make sense of the world, by engaging them in authentic tasks that focus on the cognitive processes involved in investigating, understanding and communicating. We believe that the teaching of science should be inquiry based with students engaged in hands-on investigative processes.

We also teach history, geography and technology from the national curriculum.

Our school also has a particularly strong focus on the development of students’ skills and talents in the Arts. All students will experience a term of learning in drama, dance, music and the visual arts each year. Extensive opportunities exist for students to further develop their skills in areas of passion or interest through our instrumental music programs and extension programs in music, dance, the visual arts and drama.

Our expansive curriculum also includes sport, Languages other than English (LOTE), Information Communication Technologies (ICTs), camps, excursions and other co-curricular opportunities.