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Teaching and learning

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At Mareeba State School, we believe that every child can learn and will achieve.

Our school implements the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science, HASS, HPE, The Arts, Technology and LOTE - AUSLAN through using the resources of the Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) units across all year levels - Prep to Year 6.


Our teachers implement an Explicit Teaching Model of Instruction that follows an ‘I do, we do, you do’ process. This research-based model includes all the critical elements of successful learning experiences.

I Do - modelling and demonstration

We Do - shared practice, coaching, collaborating, practice and sharing

You Do - individual practice


Every teacher at Mareeba State School implements daily consolidation sessions as a teaching practice.  Students learn essential skills (through flashcards, rote-learning and chanting) and practise applying these skills to ensure they are consolidated into each student’s long-term memory.

Reading is an identified priority area at Mareeba State School. Reading groups are an essential part of our successful reading program throughout the whole school. Teacher Aides assist in every year level to ensure students are reading and achieving success.



The Reading Program at Mareeba State School is; 

P-2 - Three lesson sequence in reading groups, Michael Heggarty Phonemic Awareness Program 

3-6 - QAR Program

Prep - Mareeba State School recognises the importance of a successful start to formal academic learning.  The following oral langauge and phonics programs are implemented in the Prep year: 

  • Jolly Phonics
  • Casey Caterpillar Handwriting
  • Read It Again Oral Language Program 
  • Michael Heggarty Phonemic Awareness Program 

Parents are informed each term of the curriculum expectations for each year level through Curriculum at Home flyers that are sent home with students. 


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Last reviewed 09 March 2021
Last updated 09 March 2021