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Dalby State School encourages 21st century thinking.  We understand that each student is individual and brings with them a desire to learn and participate in a curriculum that harnesses their potential to achieve wonderful results.
Our teachers plan engaging learning experiences that cater for a range of students in their class.  Teacher Aides work with teachers to ensure our students are provided with regular support.  A variety of teaching practices are used including the regional focus of Explicit Instruction whereby teachers scaffold learning experiences and allow students to consolidate the required skills and knowledge.
“One of the greatest tools available to us [as educators] in this pursuit is explicit instruction – instruction that is systematic, direct, engaging and success orientated.” Anita Archer
Dalby State School uses the Australian Curriculum to plan, teach, assess and report for the core learning areas of English, Maths, Science, History and Geography.  Subject areas including the Arts, Technology, Health and Physical Education and Languages Other Than English (Year 5 and 6 only) utilise a combination of the Australian Curriculum and the Queensland Essential Learnings.  Teachers utilise a variety of resources including Queensland’s support materials “Curriculum into the Classroom” to create engaging units of work each term.
Dalby State School is a gazetted ‘Music Excellence’ school.  We offer a highly engaging and broad Music program that incorporates a number of Choral Ensembles, Instrumental Ensembles as well as a highly successful Beginner Band, Concert Band and Stage Band.  Involvement in eisteddfods, school and district events is highly encouraged and participation in state wide performances such as Creative Generations occurs frequently.  Dalby State School presents a musical every second year to rave reviews.
At Dalby State School, each class has Physical Education Lessons organised and delivered by a specially trained Physical Education teacher.  Students from Prep to Year 6 undertake an 8 week swimming program in Term 4. As well as swimming skills, the program teaches the children basic survival and safety skills.  Swimming is invoiced in Term 3 and is on a user pay basis.  As well as participating in games and skilled structured lessons, students have the opportunity to compete in Cross Country, Athletics and Swimming Carnivals throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to be selected to represent the school, Bunya District, Darling Downs and Queensland School Sport via a series of sport specific trials. Before school and lunch time coaching is available through the Sporting Schools program. Other competitions available to students during the years include the Dalby AFL schools competition, Development Cup Rugby League, All School’s Touch Football, Netball and Rugby Union.  Our school values the Friday Sport Program with classes from Years 3 – 6 participating in organised activities such as Canoeing, Archery, Lawn bowls, Gymnastics, Golf, Touch Football, Mini Soccer, Rugby 7s, Cricket and various Tabloid activities.  The specialist PE Teacher also co-ordinates visits and clinics by sport specific Development Officers as well as the Jump Rope for Heart program. The PE Teacher organises and co-ordinates the annual Tallebudgera School Camp which re-enforces a variety of learning experiences and skills that are implemented into the Physical Education Program.  Parents are advised that the Department of Education does not have Personal Accident Insurance cover for students.
The following rationales have been taken from the Australia Curriculum’s individual subject area overviews.  More detail can be found by clicking the following link to the Australian Curriculum.

English

The study of English is central to the learning and development of all young Australians. It helps create confident communicators, imaginative thinkers and informed citizens. It is through the study of English that individuals learn to analyse, understand, communicate with and build relationships with others and with the world around them. The study of English helps young people develop the knowledge and skills needed for education, training and the workplace. It helps them become ethical, thoughtful, informed and active members of society. In this light it is clear that the Australian Curriculum: English plays an important part in developing the understanding, attitudes and capabilities of those who will take responsibility for Australia’s future.
 

Maths

Learning mathematics creates opportunities for and enriches the lives of all Australians. The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics provides students with essential mathematical skills and knowledge in Number and AlgebraMeasurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. It develops the numeracy capabilities that all students need in their personal, work and civic life, and provides the fundamentals on which mathematical specialties and professional applications of mathematics are built.
 
 
 
 

Science

 
 
Science provides an empirical way of answering interesting and important questions about the biological, physical and technological world. The knowledge it produces has proved to be a reliable basis for action in our personal, social and economic lives. Science is a dynamic, collaborative and creative human endeavour arising from our desire to make sense of our world through exploring the unknown, investigating universal mysteries, making predictions and solving problems. Science aims to understand a large number of observations in terms of a much smaller number of broad principles. Science knowledge is contestable and is revised, refined and extended as new evidence arises.
 
 
 
 
History
 
History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that develops students' curiosity and imagination. Awareness of history is an essential characteristic of any society, and historical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves and others. It promotes the understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earliest times. It helps students appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day. History, as a discipline, has its own methods and procedures which make it different from other ways of understanding human experience. The study of history is based on evidence derived from remains of the past. It is interpretative by nature, promotes debate and encourages thinking about human values, including present and future challenges. The process of historical inquiry develops transferable skills, such as the ability to ask relevant questions; critically analyse and interpret sources; consider context; respect and explain different perspectives; develop and substantiate interpretations, and communicate effectively
 

Geography

Geography is a structured way of exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of the places that make up our world, using the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change. It addresses scales from the personal to the global and time periods from a few years to thousands of years.
 
 
 
Prep
The prep year will build continuity between your child’s prior experiences and their future learning at school.  At prep children will participate in a range of learning situations that encourage them to actively learn through their senses. 
Your child will learn through the five contexts of learning:
· Routines and transitions
· Focused learning and teaching
· Investigations
· Real-life situations                              
· Play
Dalby State School's prep program incorporates the Australian Curriculum focusing on the areas of English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography. Our Prep program also encourages children and teachers to work as partners in developing their learning through the early learning areas of Social and Personal Learning, Health and Physical Learning, Language Learning and Communication, Early Mathematical Understandings and Active Learning Processes. 
Throughout the year the children will take on responsibilities and become more independent. They will be supported and encouraged to respect and cooperate with others and to make sensible choices about their health and safety. Their physical skills, oral language and early literacy understandings and early mathematical understandings will be developed. They will learn how to be thinkers and problem solvers while using their imagination and creativity. Their knowledge of their environment will also be enhanced.
Every day counts in Prep
We know that your child will find their prep year full of learning and fun. It will lay a solid foundation for their future school years. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns about your child. It is our aim to provide a caring and supportive environment that will nurture your child’s growth.

 
Sport
At Dalby State School, each class has Physical Education Lessons organised and delivered by a specially trained Physical Education teacher.  Students from Prep to Year 6 undertake an 8 week swimming program in Term 4. As well as swimming skills, the program teaches the   children basic survival and safety skills.  Swimming is invoiced in Term 3 and is on a user pay basis. 
As well as participating in games and skilled structured lessons, students have the opportunity to compete in Cross Country, Athletics and Swimming Carnivals throughout the year. Students also have the opportunity to be selected to represent the school, Bunya District, Darling Downs and Queensland School Sport via a series of sport specific trials.  Before school and lunch time coaching is available through the Sporting Schools program. Other competitions available to students during the years include the Dalby AFL schools competition,
Development Cup Rugby League, All School’s Touch Football, Netball and Rugby Union. 
 



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