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Teaching and learning

Learning is a life-long undertaking which allows children and adults to make positive contributions to society. As an inclusive learning community, Lawnton State School offers an educational program founded on the belief that all children have the ability to learn. Our learning community engages all stakeholders working together in the best interest of each student. High expectations, complemented by a deep knowledge of each student, inform teachers’ capacity to meet personalised learning needs for all of our children. We provide differentiated learning opportunities and experiences catering for the diverse range of learners within our school community.
 
As an inclusive school we:
Ø  Support all students to engage with and contribute to our school’s cultures, curriculum and communities
Ø  Recognise the diversity of individuals and groups in our school and community as a strength and context for learning
Ø  Maximise educational and social outcomes of all students through identification and reduction of barriers to learning, especially for those who experience disadvantage, are at risk and/or vulnerable to marginalisation
Ø  Promote development of an inclusive curriculum to respond to the needs of all students
Ø  Aim to equip all students to understand and value equity and diversity so they have knowledge and skills for positive participation in a just, equitable and democratic global society.
Students from Prep to Year 6 engage with the Australian Curriculum in English, mathematics, science, history and geography. In each of these subject areas students are working towards a National Achievement Standard by the end of the year as published on the Australian Curriculum website: www.australiancurriculum.edu.au. The remaining curriculum areas of: The Arts, technology, health and physical education and languages other than English align with the current Queensland curriculum. German is the second language studied at Lawnton State School.
 
Lawnton State School offers students from years 4-6 the opportunity to participate in an Instrumental Music Program with the opportunity, as their skills develop, to participate in the School Band gaining performance experience. All students participate in weekly physical education lessons with a qualified P.E. teacher. These lessons are designed to develop skills, fitness, strength, co-ordination and agility. Swimming lessons for all students are conducted in Term 4.
 
At times, children require additional educational and/or social emotional support. The Student Services Committee meets weekly and includes the deputy principal, guidance officer, curriculum coordinator, support teachers, special education teachers, school chaplain and class teachers. This team reviews the needs of our students in order to maximise engagement in learning and identify a range of possible support and intervention strategies and resources.