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Curriculum

At Mountain Creek State School, we believe that we are all Life Long Learners!

Australia has moved towards a national curriculum to achieve consistency in curriculum, assessment and reporting from Prep to Year 12. Our curriculum will be drawn from The Australian Curriculum for English, Mathematics, Science and History.

The remaining areas of SOSE (Studies of Society and Environment ),Health and Physical Education, Languages, Technology and The Arts are drawn from the Queensland Studies Authority Essential Learnings. The Australian Curriculum values, respects and explores the contribution of Asian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to its contemporary literature and its literary heritage through their distinctive ways of representing and communicating knowledge, traditions and experience. 

The Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) project will support state school implementation of the Australian Curriculum with a comprehensive set of exemplar school curriculum plans, based on those produced by the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA). This comprehensive curriculum planning package, created by teachers for teachers, provides guidance for the implementation of the Foundation (Prep) - 10 Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science and History in 2013.

English

English helps students to engage imaginatively and critically with literature ,which in turn  expands the scope of their experiences. Texts provide the means for communication .They can be written, spoken or multimodal, and in print or digital/online forms. The English curriculum is organised into three inter-related strands: 

  • Language

  • Literature

  • Literacy 

Within the strands, the processes of speaking and listening, reading, viewing and writing are represented.  Language elements such as spelling, grammar, punctuation and vocabulary are developmentally sequenced within the strands.
 
We hold strong to uninterrupted literacy blocks across the school to ensure the delivery of a daily Literacy Program. This provides each student with small group and intensive support, appropriate to their individual needs. Throughout these sessions students come to appreciate, enjoy and use the English language in all its variations. Students develop a sense of its richness and power to evoke feelings, convey information, form ideas, facilitate interaction with others, entertain, persuade and argue. 

Mathematics

Mathematics is arranged in three strands:

  • Number and Algebra

  • Measurement and Geometry

  • Statistics and Probability  

Within each strand students are encouraged to reason and work mathematically, recognising the connections between the areas using mathematical Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning. We encourage students to be confident, creative users and communicators of mathematics enabling them to investigate, represent and interpret situations in their everyday life. 

Science  

Science provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of important science concepts and processes, the practices used to develop scientific knowledge, of science’s contribution to our culture and society, and its applications in our lives. Science has three interrelated strands:

  • Science Understanding
  • Science as a Human Endeavour
  • Science Inquiry Skills
 
Science Understanding provides a solid foundation of knowledge in the biological, chemical, physical, earth and space sciences.

History

History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that develops students' curiosity and imagination. Awareness of history is an essential characteristic of any society, and historical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves and others. It promotes the understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earliest times. It helps students appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day. History, as a discipline, has its own methods and procedures which make it different from other ways of understanding human experience. The study of history is based on evidence derived from remains of the past. It is interpretative by nature, promotes debate and encourages thinking about human values, including present and future challenges.

Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)

SOSE enables students to use their fascination with people and places to make sense of their world. They investigate societies and environments and develop an understanding of their relationships with other people and places. They identify values in everyday situations and local contexts. They see the place of social and environmental inquiry in people’s work and community lives. Students gain awareness of the history and diversity of lifestyles of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia.

This key learning area is organised under the strands of:
 
  • Time, Continuity and Change
  • Place and Space
  • Culture and Identity
  • Systems, Resources and Power

Technology

Technology requires students to employ the actions of investigating, creating new ideas, producing and evaluating as they design and develop products.

They gain an awareness of local Australian resources and how these have contributed to technology processes and products, in the past and present. They see the place of technology in people’s work and community lives.

This learning area is organised under the strands of:

  • Technology as a Human Endeavour

  • Information, Materials and Systems (Resources)

Students work technologically, individually and collaboratively to develop creative responses to design situations. They manipulate and process resources and consider what has worked well and what could be improved. They reflect on their learning and consider the uses and impacts of technology in familiar everyday situations. Students explore the use of computers, digital cameras, interactive whiteboards and specific software programs to inquire, create and communicate within technology contexts .

Health and Physical Education (HPE)

Prep to Year 2

When students transition into school, they bring with them a wide range of health and movement experiences. Students’ sense of self is evolving and they are beginning to develop the capacity to understand and self-regulate their emotions in ways that account for their own feelings and those of others. They develop skills to initiate social interactions and begin to explore how their body is growing and changing as they grow older. Through the development of fundamental movement skills, physical play, manipulation of equipment and spatial awareness, children begin to develop movement competence. They also become sufficiently skilled and confident to complete everyday tasks, explore their physical surroundings, and participate in movement activities.
 
Year 3 to 6
As students move through primary school, the focus broadens to include the knowledge, understanding, and skills required to support and enhance their own health, safety and wellbeing and that of their family and friends. Students in Year 3 to Year 6 further develop and refine their fundamental movement skills, learn about the common features of games and expand their understanding of movement concepts and strategies to engage more confidently in a broad range of physical activities.
 
Depending on the year level and age of the students, they will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of physical activities including Athletics, Cross Country, Surf Skills/Swimming Programs, Interschool and District Sport Trials.

Languages - Japanese

Mountain Creek State School offers students classroom Japanese lessons in Years 4, 5 and 6. These lessons are conducted each week in either a specialised Japanese classroom or in the student’s own classroom. Students in Year 4 receive 1 lesson of 40 minutes each week, while Year 5 and 6 students receive 2 lessons of 40 minutes each week. A Program of Excellence is available for selected students in Years 5 and 6.

 
In the Languages learning area the focus is on both language and culture, as students learn to communicate meaningfully across linguistic and cultural systems, and different contexts. This process involves reflection and analysis, as students move between Japanese and their own existing language(s). It is a reciprocal and dynamic process which develops language use within intercultural dimensions of learning experiences.
 
In every year level of Languages – Japanese, students develop communication skills in Japanese and gain knowledge and understanding of ideas and detail in spoken and written language and produce sentences in spoken and written form within each term’s topic, as below. These are reflected in summative and formative assessment.
 
Hosting a Japanese student is the perfect opportunity for our students to use their Japanese language skills in real life communication. It is an avenue for developing an enriching relationship with a child from Japan with the potential of a life-long friendship and respect. In 2016 Mountain Creek State School has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Seigakuin Primary School in Tokyo, Japan. This agreement has enabled us to establish reciprocal homestay programs, giving our students a chance to experience the language and culture of Japan in-country, and to build links between our schools. Students in Year 6 have the opportunity to visit Seigakuin Primary School for a week-long school and home experience. Planning for this trip to Japan begins in the previous year. Students in Years 5 and 6 may also be involved in hosting our visiting Seigakuin Primary school students when they visit Mountain Creek State School in August each year.

 

The Arts 

Specialist Music teachers deliver class lessons for all Preparatory to Yr 6 classes. In these classes, students sing, play instruments including recorder, ukulele, and guitar, read music notation and listen to a variety of musical styles.  Additionally students have the opportunity to be a part of Extra-Curricular Music Programs including Strings –Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Multi- Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet, Saxophone, Percussion, Guitar –acoustic and electric, as well as Bass Guitar, Keyboard and Drum Kit. We also have Strings Orchestra, Concert band, Rock Bands, Senior Choir and Junior Choir. These performance groups perform regularly at assemblies and special events throughout the year.