The Australian Curriculum: English Foundation to Year 10 is organised into three interrelated strands that support students' growing understanding and use of Standard Australian English (English). Each strand interacts with and enriches the other strands in creative and flexible ways, the fabric of the curriculum being strengthened by the threads within each sub-strand.
Together, the three strands form an integrating framework of disciplinary knowledge and focus on developing students’ knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, reading, viewing, speaking and writing from Foundation to Year 10. The three strands are:
- Language: knowing about the English language
- Literature: understanding, appreciating, responding to, analysing and creating literary texts
- Literacy: expanding the repertoire of English usage
The Australian Curriculum: Mathematics is organised around the interaction of three content strands and four proficiency strands.
The content strands are number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability. They describe what is to be taught and learnt.
The proficiency strands are understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning. They describe how content is explored or developed; that is, the thinking and doing of mathematics. The strands provide a meaningful basis for the development of concepts in the learning of mathematics and have been incorporated into the content descriptions of the three content strands. This approach has been adopted to ensure students’ proficiency in mathematical skills develops throughout the curriculum and becomes increasingly sophisticated over the years of schooling.
The Australian Curriculum: Science has three interrelated strands: science understanding, science as a human endeavour and science inquiry skills.
Together, the three strands of the science curriculum provide students with understanding, knowledge and skills through which they can develop a scientific view of the world. Students are challenged to explore science, its concepts, nature and uses through clearly described inquiry processes.
Humanities and Social Sciences
The Australian Curriculum: The Arts covers each of the five arts subjects – Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, and Visual Arts – across bands of year levels:
- Foundation to Year 2
- Years 3 and 4
- Years 5 and 6
- Years 7 and 8
- Years 9 and 10.
The curriculum is based on the assumption that all students will study the five arts subjects from Foundation to the end of primary school.
The Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation – Year 10 comprises two subjects:
- Design and Technologies
- Digital Technologies.
The Australian Curriculum: Technologies is written on the basis that all students will study the two subjects from Foundation to the end of Year 8.
Health and Physical Education
The Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education is organised into two content strands: personal, social and community health and movement and physical activity. At Beachmere State School, Health and Physical Education is taught by a specialist teacher.
The Australian Curriculum: Languages is organised into two content stands: communication and understanding. Beachmere State School provides a specalist teacher to teacher Chinese to students in years 5 and 6.
Additional Programs: Beachmere SS Community Garden
Beachmere State School has an onsite vegetable garden and native bee hive. With support from the school community, specialist teachers and SEP staff, students engage in hands-on, real-life learning experiences with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiatives.
Additional Programs: Deadly Choices
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in years 5 and 6 can access the Deadly Choices Program. This program is run by a Deadly Choices Facilitator. It aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. Deadly Choices also encourages people to access their local Community Controlled Health Service and complete an annual ‘Health Check’. The program connects students and families to culture and history.
Additional Programs: Solid Pathways
Solid Pathways–STEM enables high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Years 4 to 6 to engage in a rigorous STEM-focused academic curriculum through the online platform iSee, as well as attend university experience days. The program draws on the Australian Curriculum's general capability, critical and creative thinking, and embedding the cross-curriculum priority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures. Students have the opportunity to build upon both their existing sense of cultural identity as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their self-efficacy as high achieving students. Solid Pathways–STEM aims to raise students' expectations of themselves as learners and enhance post-school aspirations to include tertiary pathways.
Additional Programs: Robotics
Beachmere State School is heavily involved in a number of Robotics events throughout the year. Beachmere State School offers an extension program for students in Years 3, 5 and 6 who excelled in mathematics and science. These students participated in the Green City Challenge (with Caboolture State School) and/or the QUT FIRST Lego League (held at QUT Caboolture).
Robotics is also been completed during lunchtime breaks as an extra-curricular activity which has seen students participate in the Moreton Regional Robocup and the QUT FIRST Lego League teams.
Students at Beachmere State School engage in the Digital Technologies strand of the Technology Curriculum each year. Teachers provide engaging lessons which have a focus on programming digital robots, building design challenges and learning about manipulating digital data or digital systems.