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Curriculum

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The unique setting and position of the Queensland Children's Hospital School and its network of regional partner programs calls for a special approach to developing and delivering curriculum, with the Australian Curriculum priorities at the core.

 

The QCHS curriculum model (below) was developed through a synthesis of current research and extensive staff and community consultation. The model accommodates the diversity and length of stay of students who access hospital educational programs.  


Whilst students are encouraged to engage with the programs of their own base school, QCHS offers a purposeful and structured curriculum developed from the Australian Curriculum. Student programs are personalised, taking into account length of stay, base school support, and any special considerations and requirements of the individual student.

 


Developing the QCHS Curriculum model

English, Mathematics and Science are identified as priority Australian Curriculum learning areas in line with systemic Department of Education direction. The time allocations for teaching and learning in these areas were developed in line with the minimum time requirement.

 

The QCHS 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 Australian Curriculum Learning Areas such as History, Geography, The Arts, Technology and Science.

 

The Learning worlds include:

  • Our sustainable world
  • Our aesthetic world
  • Our scientific world
  • Our historical world

 

A different Learning world is explored across each of the four terms, alternating between a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and HASS (Humanities and Social Sciences) focus.

 

 

Teaching and learning approach

The Queensland Children's Hospital School's Pedagogical Framework was developed drawing on best practice in hospital education and current educational research undertaken by Anita Archer and Charles Hughes in the field of Explicit Instruction.

 

QCHS is committed to explicit instruction. The staff is focused on a structured, systematic, and effective methodology for teaching academic knowledge and skills. A whole-school approach ensures consistency across the school in teaching practices, a shared language, clear expectations of student achievement, and articulated differentiation programs catering for the diversity of our students’ learning

needs.



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Last reviewed 27 July 2020
Last updated 27 July 2020