Currimundi Special School provides educational programs for students from Prep to Year 12 who have significant verified intellectual impairment as well as physical or sensory impairments. These education programs are individually designed to cater for the specific needs of each student in addressing the Australian Curriculum. In each of the phases of learning, staff at Currimundi Special School use the curriculum and teaching strategies to enhance the ability of the students to engage, relate and participate. We believe that every student has the capability to learn. Staff provide rich learning experiences in a safe and supportive environment to facilitate student independence and interdependence.
Curriculum learning areas include the following key areas:
- English – literacy, communication, reading, writing, spelling, listening, speaking
- Mathematics – numeracy, number and algebra, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability
- Humanities and Social Sciences (History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship)
- Health and Physical Education (Movement and Physical Activity)– including perceptual motor programs, exercise and fitness, swimming, games, bike riding
- Health and Physical Education (Personal, Social and Community Health) - Daniel Morcombe program; Human Relationships education including protective behaviours and personal care – including personal hygiene, grooming and self-care; Positive behaviours including turn taking, negotiation, anger management, resilience and relaxation; play skills; teamwork; camps and outings
- The Arts – visual arts, music, drama and dance
- Technology – information communication technologies, low-tech technologies, home technologies.
Testing and assessment
Students from Prep to Year 10 have an Individual Curriculum Plan (ICP) for English and Mathematics linked to the Australian Curriculum, as well as curriculum access goals for other Key Learning Areas and communication identified in their Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
Parents and caregivers are invited to meet with teachers twice each year and are encouraged to have input into the ICP and ILP for their child. The ICP process provides structures for ensuring students with disabilities are engaged in the Australian Curriculum. The ICP records curriculum decisions, learning expectations, teaching strategies and parent endorsement.
The ICP and ILP goals provide an important focus for reporting to parents. Reporting student achievement to parents can also be facilitated through student work samples, parent/teacher meetings, communication books, iPads, student self-assessment and QCIA portfolios. Report cards based on ICP and ILP goals are sent home to families at the end of each semester.