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Teaching and learning

Taranganba State School has an established vision of 'Every Child, Every Day, Every Opportunity' and this is enacted through our 3 principals of Integrity, Learning and Growth.  As well as using the National Curriculum, C2C documents and Essential Learning and Standards from the Queensland, Studies Authority, we develop curriculum and school programs to meet our school needs. 

Our staff team and the school community expect a strong commitment to literacy and numeracy as well as developing programs to cater for student’s talents and interests and to develop the ‘whole’ child.

To meet system level requirements we use a host of support documents from Education Queensland and Queensland Studies Authority including:

  • P – 12 curriculum, assessment and reporting framework 2013
  • Roadmap for P-10 curriculum, teaching, assessment and reporting
  • Australian Curriculum F -10
  • Literacy and Numeracy Indicators
  • 'Curriculum to Classroom' (C2C) materials for English, Maths, Science and History
  • Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) Assessment Bank

In addition we use current research, professional readings, websites, key people and critical friends and professional development to support staff to meet the changing curriculum demands.

Organisation of Taranganba State School Curriculum

There are nine learning areas in the primary school. 

Key learning areas​ ​Guiding Curriculum documentation
English​ ​National Curriculum, C2C
Mathematics​ National Curriculum, C2C​
Science​ National Curriculum, C2C​
History​ National Curriculum, C2C​
Studies of Society and Environment​ QSA Essential Learnings​
The Arts​ QSA Essential Learnings​
Technology​ QSA Essential Learnings​
Health and Physical Education​ QSA Essential Learnings​
Languages other than English​ QSA Essential Learnings​
  

Teaching and Learning at Taranganba State School has focused key learning areas of:

  • English: a minimum of 7 hours a week P-3 and 6 hours a week 4-7
  • Mathematics: a minimum of 5 hours a week
  • Science: a minimum of 1 hour per week P-2, 1.75 hours years 3 -6 and 2.5 hours a week in year 7
  • History: ½ a hour per week for P-2, 1 hour a week years 3-6 and 1.25 hours per week for year 7
  • Studies of Society and the Environment (SOSE) strands of Cultural and Identity, Place and Space, Political and Economic Systems are taught across the semester in distinct units
  • Technology: ICT is embedded across the curriculum.
  • Specialist lessons taught by specialist staff in Music, Physical Education and Health and Language other than English (LOTE) (Year 6 and 7 only)
  • The Arts – visual arts is taught by the classroom teacher.

Set assessment tasks in Technology, SOSE, Visual Arts and Health and Physical Educaiton (HPE) are developed by year level teachers and specialist staff during team meetings to ensure consistency of content, skills and knowledges. These tasks are set every term.  

Teachers are expected to include opportunities for children to learn through their preferred learning style, embed opportunities for Higher Order Thinking, use ICT to engage and allow opportunities for all students to access the curriculum and to alter and adjust programs for students with disabilities.  Teachers plan different pedagogies of Direct Instruction, Indirect Instruction, Interactive and Experiential according to the subject area, knowledges, processes and skills and development of their students.

English 

The teaching and learning of English is a core learning priority at Taranganba State School.

Improved student achievement and outcomes in English enhances success across all the learning areas.

Several documents have been developed and implemented at Taranganba State School to ensure systematic and explicit teaching of core skills and knowledges in English. 

  • Pedagogical Framework – English Teaching of Reading
  • Phonics Program
  • Spelling Program and Whole school spelling Strategy
  • Writing Action Plan
  • Literacy and Numeracy Assessment, curriculum Task, Tools, Standards and Targets P - 7

Rule of One

We also believe in the 'Rule of One'

  • 1 focus text per week
  • 1 novel per term
  • 1 text read out loud each day (but 2 is better)
  • 1 explicit teaching episode of reading per day
  • 1 explicit teaching episode of grammar, spelling, punctuation and writing each week
  • 1 guided reading lesson for every child every week
  • 1 writing on demand exercise per week
  • 1 word study lesson per week

Mathematics

The teaching and learning of Mathematics is a core learning priority at Taranganba State School. Improved student achievement and outcomes in Mathematics enhances success across all the learning areas.

The content strands are Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. They describe what is to be taught and learnt. The proficiency strands are Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning. They describe how content is explored or developed, that is, the thinking and doing of mathematics.

An understanding of number, algebra, measurement, spatial sense, probability and data combined with critical mathematical thinking, enables students to become numerate members of society who can use mathematical ideas efficiently to make sense of the world.

Taranganba State School has implemented a Mental Computation and Algorithm Scope and Sequence in 2013 to ensure consistency of skills and concepts development and that all number facts and algorithms are taught in a systematic way.

Science

The teaching and learning of science is a core learning priority at Taranganba State School.  Taranganba has a well-equipped science lab catering for the science needs of all Prep to Year 7 students.

In 2012, Taranganba employed a Science Specialist teacher to prepare resources, model lessons and assist teachers with the implementation of the Australian Curriculum.

Health and Physical Education

At Taranganba, students are involved in a variety of skills lessons, social skills and health lessons and games.

Swimming lessons are conducted in Terms 1 and 4. Years 4 – 7 participate in weekly lesson in Term 1 culminating in a swimming carnival. Prep – Year 3 attend swimming lessons in Term 4.  The Prep students swim in a week block at the end of Term 4.

Year 6 and 7 students have the opportunity to compete against other Capricorn Coast Cluster schools in a number of different sports. The focus is on participation and learning the rules and skills of a number of different sports.

Sports offered may be basketball, touch football, tennis, soccer or rugby union. The Sports offered change every term to encourage students to try new sports and develop different skills. Taranganba also sends teams to compete in the Rockhampton Primary School Rugby League and Netball Competition in term 2 and part of term 3. 

The Arts

The Arts key learning area emphasises active engagement and reflection within the following strands: 
  • dance
  • drama
  • media
  • music
  • visual arts.

Taranganba holds an annual Art Exhibition at a community art gallery showcasing the skills and talents of our students.

Music

All prep to Year 5 classes receives 2 lessons per week delivered by a specialist teacher. Year 6 and 7 classes alternate with PE every semester and participate in one lesson a week.

Taranganba has a strong music program and students can further their learning with choir or with the instrumental music program. Taranganba has excelled in this area and regularly wins district and state competitions. A school musical is performed every year to encourage and display the dramatic and musical talents of our students.