Curriculum

Our qualified specialist staff provide learning opportunities in all learning areas for students in Kindergarten through to Year 6 and are dedicated to promoting the skills required for each student’s move to secondary education and community life.

Early Years (Kindergarten and Pre-primary)
Our Early Years program caters for Kindergarten and Pre-primary students with identified diagnoses of Global Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder.

The program uses the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis and discrete trials to help children develop their social, academic, self-help and behavioural skills.  The Early Years program is staffed by professionals trained in ABA and Discrete Trials.

Koorana ESC is fully accredited by National Quality Standards for our early years education program. 

Enrolments for students for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary for the 2019 program is now open.

Years 1 through 6
For Years 1 to 6, learning opportunities are provided in small group settings. Literacy and numeracy learning is individualised and is based on authentic learning activities. Students in these classes are also on highly individualised programs which are formalised through Individual Education Plans after input from parents and other professionals where necessary.

Teaching is done individually and in small groups and includes *TEACCH.

Student Social and Emotional Learning
As well as their academic achievements, Koorana ESC has a strong commitment to meeting every child’s emotional needs. Under the umbrella of Be You (a national mental health initiative promoting prevention and early intervention) we have a positive school community built through a whole-school approach to children’s mental health and wellbeing. Our students participate in PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) and our very popular Rock and Water program where they are explicitly taught emotional and social competencies to reduce incidents of aggression and problem behaviour. Along with the Zones of Regulation these programs build resilience and provide each child with a toolkit of strategies to use when they are experiencing challenges.

Protective Behaviours
The protective behaviours program teaches that “we all have the right to feel safe all the time”. Students learn about their ‘early warning signs’ those body sensations that they get when they don’t feel safe and what they can do when this happens.

Programs for Students

The school is known for its focus on Social and Emotional Learning and Information Technologies. It uses some or all of:

PATHS Sensory Profiling Drumbeat
TEACCH * Escalation Profiling ABA
Protective Behaviours Rock and Water Therapy Programs

All our students have access to the latest technology. From classroom computers to iPads, students are provided with the opportunity and instruction to use technology effectively. Many students use iPads to communicate with staff and iPads are an integral part of the teaching and learning program. Our classrooms are purpose built and include independent living facilities to assist in developing students’ independence. Electronic interactive whiteboards in every room further engage students with their learning.

*TEACCH is an intervention approach to teaching based on an understanding of the learning characteristics of individuals with autism and uses visual supports to bring meaning and independence.