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Curriculum

 

Australian Curriculum

 

The F-10 Australian Curriculum sets out the core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for all Australian students. It describes the learning entitlement of students as a foundation for their future learning, growth and active participation in the Australian community. It makes clear what all young Australians should learn as they progress through schooling. It is the foundation for high quality teaching to meet the needs of all Australian students.The implementation of the Australian Curriculum is vital to our goal of giving every child a great education. Through transparency, consistency and quality in teaching and learning it will drive improvements throughout the school.

 

School Programs

 

Within the school there is a range of effective strategies in place to meet the needs of our students. These include:

 

  • Extension and Enrichment Programs (E&E)     
  • Getting It Right in Literacy and Numeracy (GiRL, GiRN)
  • Students at Educational Risk programs (SAER)
  • Implementation of Individual Learning Plans (IEP)
  • Primary Extension and Challenge Programs (PEAC)
  • Whole school Instant Recall in Mathematics program
  • Academic profiling for all Kindergarten and Pre-primary students
  • Learning Journeys
  • Environment Club
  • Science specialist support
  • Cooperative learning strategies

 

We provide staff with challenging professional development opportunities to ensure they deliver the highest standard of education to each child.

 

School Self Assessment

 

We implement a comprehensive approach to self-assessment. This collaborative and ongoing process involves both external and internal data which forms the basis of our planning and target setting processes. Our review structures include a range of data and information which reflect student performance, program effectiveness, staff performance, feedback from parents, staff and students and comparisons with National achievement levels. We place a high priority on teachers’ professional judgements and have mechanisms in place to maximise this expertise, including collaborative meetings and moderation activities.

 

Specialist programs

 

Tapping Primary School prides itself on providing a range of specialist programs taught by our experienced and capable staff.

 

Specialist Early Childhood Centre – Specialist staff work with our kindergarten and pre-primary students.

 

GIR Teacher in Literacy A specialist teacher works with staff developing and implementing “best practice” in literacy.

 

Lexile Framework – A program which motivates and encourages children to read at home and develop comprehension skills.

 

GIR Numeracy – We have two trained specialist teachers on staff who lead our mathematics progress implementation.

 

Science – The school has a dedicated science room and a lead teacher in science.

 

Extension and Enrichment – A lead teacher works with groups of children on special programs

 

Digital Technology – A team of lead teachers work with staff and students to maintain a focus on incorporating technology to enhance the curriculum e.g. use of interactive whiteboards.

 

Italian – A specialist teacher takes students from years 3-7 for an hour each week, immersing them in both the Italian language and culture.

 

Music – A specialist Performing Arts teacher takes all classes from Years 1-7 with a focus on student participation and discovery. Everyone has a “part” to play.  Choir is offered to years 4-7 students.

 

Physical Education– A specialist teacher coordinates our health, physical fitness and sport programs.

 

On three mornings of the week, we have a whole school fitness program which is linked to our Values Education program. 

 

Our Physical Education program aims to expose the students to a wide variety of skills and sporting codes. Once again, our emphasis is on full student involvement.

 

Art & Craft – The school has a dedicated Art and Craft room fitted with a pottery kiln. Classes in Art & Craft and also in Technology & Enterprise are rostered in this space. We also have an Art club students can nominate to join.

 

Crunch and Sip– This program which encourages snacking on fruit and vegetables and sipping water in preference to juice and fizzy drinks.

 

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

At Tapping Primary School, the adoption of technology to enhance teaching, learning and management is a means to optimising student potential. The ability to locate, analyse, synthesise and communicate appropriate information of good quality is an essential skill in today’s information-rich society. It is therefore important, to develop these skills in our students and staff. Technology is a tool for change, for learning, communication and collaboration. It can be integrated into all learning areas that allow the teacher to act as a facilitator in an environment of co-operative learning.

 

With our growing student population, Tapping Primary now has one computer lab and a mini- lab for seniors, both able to accommodate a whole class, as well as between three and six computers in every class room, to help support and enhance research skills that students need to be equipped with in our ever changing world.

 

Tapping Primary School has developed a comprehensive and integrated approach to incorporate ICT within the curriculum, with a committed group of ICT leaders within the school dedicated to working side by side with staff and students in both junior primary and upper primary to ensure a focused approach to develop our ICT programmes.

Currently we have a dynamic ICT programme which includes:

 

  • Interactive Whiteboards: We currently have 33 Interactive Whiteboards, one in almost every classroom in the school and teachers are involved in ongoing learning and staff collaboration to maximise the effectiveness of this valuable resource. We believe the interactive whiteboards are a tool to engage students when exploring a range of concepts in the classroom and linking thinking to the ‘outside world’.

 

  • Basic Computer Skills: Students are involved in focused sessions to develop their basic computer skills as they learn how to effectively navigate through computer programs and become ‘computer literate’.

 

  • Online Teaching and Learning System:
    Introducing students to the internet with a focus on cyber safety by learning activities that are completed online as a means to reinforce and further engage students to develop understandings and skills.

 

  • Extensive Programs: Students are given the opportunity to be exposed to software such as Super Duper Music Looper and Audacity to enhance their final product.

 

  • Claymation: At times students are involved in filming movies as they are required to create, design and develop characters and backdrops to develop their own movie. A user -friendly software specialised to develop Claymation movies is introduced to students to ensure an enjoyable experience.