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Teaching and learning

At Sunshine Beach teachers plan, teach, assess and report on learners’ achievement using the Australian Curriculum key learning areas of English, Maths, Science and History.  Teachers are currently undertaking learning and development in preparation for the introduction of Geography.  Our curriculum framework is organised into whole school, year level and unit plans. Other key learning areas such as The Arts, Physical Education, Music and Languages Other Than English (Italian) follow Queensland Curriculum Guidelines.

Our teachers work collaboratively and access the expertise of school instructional coaches and mentors to plan and implement quality units of work which are responsive to learners’ needs, learning goals and content and year level achievement standards as defined by the Australian Curriculum.

We pride ourselves on ‘high quality teaching focused on the achievement of every student’.

A recent external Department of Education Teaching and Learning audit commended Sunshine Beach for high quality performance in the areas of systematic curriculum delivery, effective teaching practices, an expert teaching team and differentiated learning. Our school achieves above National Averages in all areas of literacy and numeracy and many of our students sit in the upper two bands of achievement in Australia.  School priorities in teaching areas reflect current educational agendas and our students’ achievement.  Our use of data at Sunshine Beach was deemed high by Teaching and Learning Auditors and our focus on learner improvement, a positive learning culture and targeted resources to learners outstanding. This along with our strong NAPLAN performance places our school amongst the top performing schools in region.

Some of the features of our educational instruction at Sunshine which you will see implemented in your child’s classroom include:

  • Learner centred planning
  • High Expectations
  • Higher Order Thinking
  • Scaffolded Instruction
  • Feedback
  • Learning Goals
  • Excellence and Challenge Programs
  • Safe inclusive, learning environment
  • Explicit teaching of behaviour and positive choices for wellbeing
These along with many other aspects of curriculum design and delivery make Sunshine a ‘Good Place To Be.’