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At Highfields State School, we offer a quality, challenging curriculum, with our dedicated staff committed to high quality learning for all students. Staff work to ensure that in every classroom, every day, every child is developing new knowledge and skills, consolidating prior knowledge, and growing in capability in academic, sporting, cultural, social and personal areas. The core curriculum programs and learning areas are enhanced by a variety of extra-curricular, extension and support programs.

Whilst the traditional “Three R’s” are the core business of schools, at Highfields we also recognise the importance of developing children who will be able to live, work and contribute in the future, when they are adults in our society. Skills such as clear oral and written communication, working within a team, creative thinking and problem solving are vital. Understanding of those cultures important to our nation, and the importance of looking to a sustainable future, are also significant. We use the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Cross-curricular Priorities to ensure these skills are explicitly taught across all year levels.

The seven General Capabilities are Literacy, Numeracy, ICT capability, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding, and Intercultural understanding. The three Cross-curricular Priorities are  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures,  Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and  Sustainability.

Since 2012, teachers in Queensland state schools have been planning, teaching, assessing and reporting on the Australian Curriculum in a number of Learning Areas. These Learning Areas are implemented as curriculum documents and resources are developed. Learning Areas currently used at Highfields State School are:

·         English

·         Mathematics

·         Science

·         History

·         Geography

Additional Learning Areas are planned, taught and assessed using the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority resources. These include:

·         The Arts

·         Health and Physical Education

·         Technology

·         LOTE (Languages other than English) - Japanese

At Highfields State School, to cater for their students, teachers maintain a ‘child-centred’ focus on their work. This requires that programs be ‘differentiated’ or targeted to meet the needs of individuals, based on knowledge of the students, their prior learning and attributes. Staff are led by Mrs Belinda Bowden, our Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, and teachers meet regularly as year level teams to build a shared understanding of curriculum, and determine the best way to deliver this curriculum to the range of students who attend our school.

For further information about our curriculum offerings, please contact Mrs Belinda Bowden via email bbowd1@eq.edu.au​

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