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Teaching and learning

English, Mathematics and Science are identified as priority learning areas in line with systemic DET direction.  The time allocations were developed using the minimum time requirement. QCH School underwent a collaborative process to identify the core curriculum for English, Mathematics and Science, with the understanding that not all content descriptions could be covered in any given year due to context, transiency and time constraints. This process was undertaken through alignment with the Achievement standards for each year level, ensuring adequate coverage from year to year.
 
The Transdisciplinary investigations are organised under the model of the Learning worlds. The ‘Learning worlds’ is a school-based approach for curriculum organisation and management. Exploring the notion of transdisciplinary learning through broad contexts brings together the ideals of curriculum management and problem-based learning through authentic contexts. Transdisciplinary learning draws on key learnings from two or three disciplines such as History, Geography, The Arts, Technology and Science.
 
The Learning worlds include:
  • Our sustainable world – typically, but not limited to, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) approach
  • Our aesthetic world – typically, but not limited to, a Humanities approach
  • Our scientific world – typically, but not limited to, a STEM approach
  • Our historical world – typically, but not limited to, a Humanities
 
The QCH School’s Pedagogical Framework was developed drawing on the current educational research undertaken by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes in the field of Explicit Instruction with gradual release of responsibility.
 
QCH School is committed to explicit instruction.  The staff is focussed on a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic knowledge and skills. We believe a whole school approach ensures consistency across the school in teaching practices, clear expectations of student achievement, articulated differentiation programs to cater for the diversity of our students’ learning needs.