Teaching and learning


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Signature Practices

Our 'Signature Practices' are research-based practices we employ consistently across our classrooms, because we believe they are high-yield strategies that allow us to ensure we can best support all of our students to achieve to their potential. These Signature Practices may be focuses for foundational learning, scaffolds to enhance engagement, or practices that provide our students with explicit feedback to know what they need to do next to make their work even better.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

At Sherwood State School, we pride ourselves on these Signature Practices across the following areas:

  1. ​​​The Early Years: including our Pre-Pr​​ep Possums and Prep transition program, age-appropriate​ pedagogies (AAP), and Speech Sound Pics (SSP)

  2. Digital Technologies: includin​​g digital baselines, and providing 1:1 technology for all students in Years 2–6

  3. Bump it Up Walls: to provide authentic student feedback and to support all students to know their next steps to produce 'even better' writing in English.

Please select a document below for more information.


Early years
Signature Practices

sherwood state school early years signature practices
(PDF, 154KB)

Signature Practice
Bump it up walls

sherwood state school signature practice Bump it up the walls
(PDF, 167KB)


Years 2–5
Digital equity & learning

sherwood state school Years 2 to 5 Digital Equity & Learning
(PDF, 164KB)


Year 6
Digital futures

sherwood state school year 6 digital futures
(PDF, 266KB)


Gradual Release of Responsibility model

At Sherwood State School, our mission is to 'Aim Higher' to achieve the best outcomes for all of our students. Our approach to ensuring this is delivered consistently across all learning areas is through our comprehensive embedding of the Gradual Release of Responsibility (GRR) model.

This model is recognised as a successful approach for moving classroom instruction from teacher-centred, whole-group delivery to student-centred collaboration and independent practice. As the name suggests, responsibility for successful delivery of lesson content is gradually released to the learner. The language that the students are familiar with reflects this approach, and delivery of this is segmented into three key areas; 'I do', 'we do' and 'you do'. This model may include demonstrations, prompts, practice, think alouds, or working in groups. Our teachers ensure all of our students are supported in their acquisition of the skills and strategies essential for success through effective teaching and learning.


You Can Do It! education program

The You Can Do It! (YCDI!) education program for children is a whole-school approach to social and emotional learning. It was developed in Australia at the University of Melbourne by psychologist Professor Michael Bernard. The program provides us with a consistent language to teach students a number of different skills that they need to know in order to be happy and successful in school and experience positive relationships.

At Sherwood State School, the Five Keys to Success (Confidence, Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along and Resilience) are explicitly taught in each classroom. The YCDI! programme teaches positive attitudes, social-emotional skills, character strengths and values based on the science of wellbeing and achievement.

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Last reviewed 21 March 2023
Last updated 21 March 2023