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Teaching and learning

With our vision as the basis for our Curriculum Framework, GASS teaching and support staff implement a curriculum based around the following pedagogical principles:

High expectations – of our students and staff in striving to grow,  achieve and succeed

  • Student Diversity – knowing, valuing and planning for the diverse needs of our student learning community

  • Productive Partnerships - ensuring that students, parents & the wider community know and are involved in contributing to the best learning outcomes for students.

  • Explicit Teaching - implementation of lessons is based on the Explicit teaching sequence of “I do, we do, and you do” in order to scaffold successful student learning.

Australian Curriculum  - Subjects 

Teaching and learning at Grand Avenue State School incorporates:

  • English - between six and seven hours of instruction per week

  • Mathematics - a minimum of five hours instruction per week

  • Science - a minimum of one hour instruction per week in Prep to year 2 and 1.75 hours in years 3,4,5 and 6.

  • History - a minimum of half an hour in Prep to year 2, 1 hour in years 3 to 6

  • Geography from 2014 - a minimum of half an hour in Prep to year 2 and 1 hour in years 3 to 61 hour in years 3 to 6

  • Civics and Citizenship - a minimum of ½ an hour per week across on semester in years 3 to 6

  • Economics and Business - a minimum of ½ an hour per week across one semester in years 3 to 6


These subjects are treated as discrete, focused key learning areas and are taught according to the Australian National Curriculum using the Queensland Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) materials as a base. 

Units of work are developed at a school level in the remaining key learning areas of The Arts, Technology and Health & Physical Education that address the Essential Learnings outcomes from the QCAR framework.

Specialist lessons taught by specialist staff in Music, Japanese LOTE (years four, five and six) and Physical Education, as well as science in some middle school year levels complement this program of instruction.

Our whole school curriculum framework is organised into overviews by year level.  This framework supports consistency within and across year levels and delivers a vertically & horizontally aligned curriculum.

GASS - Year Level Overviews – Australian Curriculum

Prep Curriculum Overview (Doc, 413KB)

Year 1 Curriculum Overview (Doc, 373KB)

Year 2 Curriculum Overview (Doc, 370KB)

Year 3 Curriculum Overview (Doc, 378KB)

Year 4 Curriculum Overview (Doc, 375KB)

Year 5 Curriculum Overview (Doc, 373KB)

Year 6 Curriculum Overview (Doc,381KB)