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Curriculum and Teaching at Clifford Park Rob Street Campus

 

In order to meet the diverse learning needs of our student population, our students are placed in one of three learning cohorts operating at the school.  These teams are designed to deliver different educational programs and teaching strategies in order to meet the particular learning characteristics and needs of the students within each learning cohort. The three learning cohorts are:

 1. Junior Secondary Learning Cohort

Students in the Junior Secondary Cohort are students in Years 7-9.  Students engage with age-equivalent content from the Australian Curriculum learning areas of English, Maths, Science, Histroy, Geography, Technologies, Health and physical Education, and The Arts.  Teachers align individual learning at different levels along the Foundation to Year 10, or General Capabilities 1D, with age-equivalent learning area content.  In addition, every child in the Junior Secondary Learning Cohort has an emphasis on reading.  The Clifford Park Approach uses first Steps resources, a Reading Cycle, and Phonemic Awareness to inform the teaching of literacy and reading.

2. Senior Secondary Learning Cohort
 
Students in the Senior Secondary Cohort are students in Years 10,11, and 12.  Students in Year 10 continue to engage in age-equivalent content from the Australian Curriculum leaning areas of English, Maths, Science, and Design and Technology. In Semester Two work Studies forms the asis of their studies, to begin the process of preparing students for their final years of schooling. 
Students in Years 11 and 12 engage in the QCAA SAS Social and Community Studies.  Teachers personalise individual studnet's learning through alignment to the Guideline for Individual Learning (GIL).  All students in the Senior Secondary Cohort also have an emphasis on reading.
 
3. Interaction Learning Cohort 
 
Students in the interaction Learning Cohort are non-verbal or have very limited communication skills and require development in the Fundamentals of Communication.  Many of the students in this learning cohort have severe/profound intellectual and multiple impairments.  The General Capabilities from the Australian Curriculum guide the development of literacy, numeracy and personal and social capabilities.  Content that aligns with the students' chronological age, form the basis of these students' curriculum engagement.  These draw from the learning areas in the Australian Curriculum including Maths, English History, Geography, Science, Health and Physical Education,Techologies, and The Arts.