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CURRICULUM
Buddina State School teachers are fully implementing the new Australian Curriculum into classroom practice and are making great use of the C2C (Curriculum into the classroom) resources provided exclusively for Education Queensland school. Buddina State School’s curriculum content has been determined by the Australian Curriculum in the areas of English, Mathematics, Science and History and through the Essential Learnings in the areas of Technology, The Arts, Studies of Society and Environment, Health and Physical Education and Languages other than English (Japanese).
 
The Australian Curriculum
The Australian Curriculum describes a learning entitlement for each Australian student that provides a foundation for successful, lifelong learning and participation in the Australian community. It acknowledges that the needs and interests of students will vary, and that schools and teachers will plan from the curriculum in ways that respond to those needs and interests. The Australian Curriculum acknowledges the changing ways in which young people will learn and the challenges that will continue to shape their learning in the future. The Australian Curriculum will eventually be developed for all learning areas and subjects set out in the Melbourne Declaration: initially English, mathematics, science and history, followed by geography, languages, the arts, economics, business, civics and citizenship, health and physical education and information and communication technology and design and technology.
 
Curriculum Planning
Buddina State School has a Head of Curriculum who overseas and assists teachers in planning quality units of work and ensuring that teachers are adequately resourced to deliver the curriculum for students.
To ensure consistency of teaching and learning, each year level teaching team is released from normal classroom duties each term to work with the Head of Curriculum to construct the unit of work for the following term.
These units of work:
·    Align with the school’s student learning continua
·    Are robust and relevant to students needs
·    Enhance student numeracy and literacy skills
·    Provide opportunities for students to engage in higher order thinking through integrated learning activities
·    Incorporate ICT tasks from the school’s ICT task continua
·    Incorporate assessment tasks and moderation processes
·    Promotes inclusively and overcome any barriers that might limit students’ full participation in learning
 
Celebrating Success and Learning
To celebrate successful learning the completed work of students is displayed in the classroom, the office foyer, shared with other classes and presented on weekly parade.  During the year classes present Expos at the end of term to showcase children’s work and learning throughout the unit of work.
 
Dynamic Teachers
At Buddina State School all of our teachers are exceptional and highly motivated to inspire our students to be confident and successful learners. Teachers reflect on units of work taught each term to rate the effectiveness and relevance of resources and assessment pieces.  Teachers at Buddina State School are always striving to improve their professional practice by attending school based professional development training and afterschool workshops. Teachers at Buddina State School are committed to providing quality instruction for students in a supportive and caring environment.
 
Assessment and Reporting
Buddina State School has an assessment and reporting process guided by the Queensland Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Framework and Federal Government student reporting processes. Teachers use both formative (assessment for learning) and summative assessment (assessment of learning) techniques to make judgements on students’ academic progress.
 
Standardised Testing
Throughout your child’s school life they will be asked to participate in a variety of standardized tests. These tests are a Federal requirement (Naplan Yrs3&5) or a school requirement which may include items such as a reading comprehension test (PM or Probe), Maths diagnostic test, South Australian Spelling test.  All of these assessment items work together to build data of children’s knowledge and understanding as well as trends across the school. This data is then tailored to meet the needs of your child.
 
Formal Reporting
Parents receive a written report of their child’s academic achievement, effort and attitude towards learning in each key learning area at the end of each semester.  Parents are also offered two parent/teacher interviews at the end of Term 1 and Term 3.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend these meetings.
 
Units of Work
An overview of the units of work for each year level including the attributes of lifelong learners for each unit.