Curriculum and Learning


Our learning and teaching platform is informed by the Australian Curriculum

 

Students are taught at their point of need. An Individual Learning Plan is developed in consultation with parents/carers/guardians (PCG) and other therapists and specialists. It is reviewed regularly and progress is reported twice a year. Student Support Group (SSG) meetings are held each term with PCG. 


The program places a strong emphasis on academic skills and there are high expectations of students’ learning and behaviour. Highly trained teachers and learning and staff teach group of twelve students. In addition, specialist staff support students across all areas of the curriculum.

 

Learning takes place in a structured setting with attention to individual learning needs. Small classes allow the development of close staff/student relationships which play a key part in each student’s progress and sense of belonging

 

Personal and Social Capabilities are integral, and are taught explicitly in the context of ‘Circle Time’ as well as implicitly throughout the school day. Students learn to integrate the cognitive (thinking), emotional (feeling) and behavioural realms in order to be able to establish, maintain and develop constructive social interactions and relationships.


Direct instruction is a highly effective research-based model for teaching reading and spelling. We utilise Reading and Spelling Mastery to accelerate student learning by helping to ‘close the gap’ for students who may have fallen behind in these areas. Independent readers who no longer require explicit instruction are placed in an extension group where they read, interpret and respond to a wide range of literary, media and everyday texts in ways which develop considered and critical thinking.


Art, dance and physical activities (including swimming) are central to the program, while music therapy, speech pathology and psychology underpin the overall therapeutic approach.