HIGH LEVELS OF ACHIEVEMENT IN LITERACY AND NUMERACY
Our school assessment results on the Victorian Curriculum show students from Prep to Year 6 are achieving higher than those in similar schools in both English and Mathematics. These high level results reflect the comprehensive teaching, learning and assessment process in place at our school.
The students at Thomas Chirnside Primary School have dedicated and talented teachers who work together effectively with the best interest of their students at heart. Students can clearly articulate exactly where they are in terms of their learning and where they are headed and this is testament to the great work being done by all of the teaching teams.
Following a visit in 2015 by Dr Janelle Wills, Director of Marzano Institute Australia, we received a letter of thanks outlining her thoughts on our students’ learning. The following is an exert from Janelle’s letter, ‘You must all be very proud of the wonderful work that you have been doing and the outcomes that you are achieving. As I mentioned on the day I don’t think I have ever smiled so much during a school visit.’
Teachers at TCPS develop ‘proficiency scales’ for each unit of work in literacy and numeracy. Students discuss with their class teacher where they are on the proficiency scale and set a learning goal for every unit of work. Our students are highly engaged in learning and work hard towards achievement of their learning goals. Students at TCPS are very proud of their learning growth and can plot their achievement on proficiency scales in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.
CREATIVE AND INSPIRING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
TCPS offers an attractive learning environment where everyone can work in a calm and safe space.
Students experience high levels of success, engagement and motivation through the many and varied learning opportunities available in the open spaces including the outdoor garden and sports facilities.
TCPS students enjoy diverse learning areas such as the kitchen and classroom spaces where they can work cooperatively in small groups or choose a space to work individually. Every class also has a cosy space near the classroom library where students can browse for a ‘just right’ book or share a book with a friend.
Students are exposed to an engaging curriculum involving opportunities to explore, explain and elaborate on their learning. Programs rich in Literacy and Numeracy offer students the opportunity to work independently, in small groups and in whole class settings. Students engage in open-ended challenges, rich learning tasks, investigations and cooperate problem-based learning projects matched to their learning styles and needs. A wide variety of technology is available to support student learning.