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Curriculum

Brisbane Catholic Education’s Learning and Teaching Framework has been developed to support Catholic schools and their teachers in the planning of learning and teaching.

The vision for Catholic education is built on traditions, values and beliefs of the Christian community.  These values and beliefs are the foundation of how we learn and how we teach and form an interconnected framework which shapes how we act and engage in learning and teaching with our students, parents and colleagues.

There are four elements in the teaching and learning framework:

·       Our goal

·       We Believe

·       We Learn

·       We Teach

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Our Goal

At St. Anthony’s School, as a member of the Catholic Christian community, our goal is to strive to educate all students to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as successful, creative and confident, active and informed learners, empowered to shape and enrich our world.

We Believe   

​Foundational to our shared work as teachers are the beliefs we have of the learners we serve. The Learning and Teaching Framework explicitly states such beliefs and the response that flows from such beliefs within our community.

·       Every learner is created in the image and likeness of God and inspired by the spirit, responds with passion and creativity to life.

·       Every learner seeks to find meaning in life and learning and in the Catholic Christian Tradition we find meaning in the person and teachings of Jesus to grow as pilgrim people.

·       Every learner is a lifelong learner, with a desire to search for truth and do what is right; accountable for choices and responsible for actions.

·       Every learner is in some respect, like all others, like some others, like no other and we respond creatively, flexibly and with a futures orientation to ensure dignity and justice for all.

·       Every learner can achieve success in life and learning where diversity is valued and shared wisdom contributes to decision-making that enriches and enlivens our world.

·       Every learner brings to the learning experience their own richly diverse life journey to contribute to a community in communion, empowered by the Spirit to be at the service of others.

We believe learning is:   

·       Inextricably linked with living life to the full

·       Personal, relational and communal

·       Visible, active and interactive to construct knowledge and meaning

Learning-Key Messages    

1. We educate for learners who are successful, creative and confident, active and informed and empowered to shape and enrich our world.

2. We educate the whole person in community: Created in the image and likeness of God who develops spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally, morally and cognitively

3. We educate our learners explicitly within a Catholic view of the curriculum to be literate, numerate, critical and creative, ethical, socially and personally capable, interculturally capable and ICT capable.

Learners and the Curriculum   

​The nature of learners and the curriculum is described in each learning area and subject of the Australian Curriculum:

·       English

·       History

·       Mathematics

·       Science

·       Geography

·       The Arts

·       Technologies

·       Health and Physical Education

School Curriculum Planning

The school’s curriculum is planned directly from Archdiocese of Brisbane religious Education Guidelines; Australian Curriculum, QSA syllabuses and guidelines where these are not yet available through the Australian Curriculum.

The school's curriculum is organised across all levels of curriculum planning to reflect opportunity, inclusivity and flexibility for all students.

Whole school planning identifies and articulates:

·       the timeline for the introduction of Australian curriculum areas into the existing school curriculum

·       how entitlement to learning is ensured and how flexibility in offerings meet the needs and aspirations of the community

·       how the school’s curriculum is organised and structured to enable the best outcomes for all students

·       the principles that guide the development of curriculum, courses, subjects and plans within and across learning areas

·       how entitlement is met and students have the time needed to achieve agreed standards through time allocations that are made within stated guidelines

Year level planning identifies and articulates:

·       continuity between year levels, building on where students’ learning is situated and leading onto where the students are heading in their learning

·       the organisation of curriculum across the year connecting learning areas, contexts, curriculum intent and content

·       the global and local contexts and student interests that will be used as organisers across the year to engage students in learning

 Class and student planning identifies and articulates:

·       the curriculum applicable to the year level in relevant  contexts

·       how curriculum outlined in year level planning is organised into class planning, routines and practices

·       how available time is used to ensure learning success for each student

Teaching at St. Anthony's School

Teachers at St. Anthony’s School apply the BCE model of pedagogy (the principles and practices of teaching) with the aim of creating success for all learners.

These principles and practices arise out of the beliefs and values of the Brisbane Catholic Education Learning and Teaching Framework and an evidence-base upon which teachers can construct their practice to ensure that all students are progressing in their learning and development.

Focus on Learners and their Learning

How do we do this?

·       Identify progress, prior achievement and development of learners and their learning

·       Begin with the approved curriculum

·       Identify learners' levels of thinking

·       Plan to accelerate the cognitive levels of all students​

·       Recognise the attributes students bring to the classroom

Establish clear learning intentions and success criteria

How do we do this?

·       Create and make clear and visible the learning intentions

·       Use the curriculum to create and make clear and visible the success criteria

·       Establish learning goals with all students

Activate multiple ways of knowing and interacting and provide opportunities for practice

How do we do this?

·       Establish positive classroom learning environments

·       Activate and evaluate student involvement in ongoing responsive cycles of learning and teaching

·       Teach multiple ways of knowing, interacting and opportunities for practice

·       Teach explicitly and differentiate to move each student's learning forward towards the success criteria

Respond with feedback that moves learning forward

 How do we do this?

·       Provide students with progressive feedback about their ongoing progress towards the learning intentions and success criteria.

·       Use different levels of feedback.

·       Explicitly teach peers how to give accurate and appropriate feedback to one another

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Evaluate the impact of teaching on student achievement and success

How do we do this?

·       Evaluate the impact of teaching on student achievement and success.

·       Review the climate of the class.

·       Evaluate the invitation to learning experie​​nced by students.

·       Collect students' feedback on the impact of teaching.

·       Evaluate from a curriculum perspective​ 


View the Brisbane Catholic Education Learning Framework