Prep to 6 Teaching & Learning

All lessons are carefully planned and delivered using the lesson structure of the Workshop Model which includes the Gradual Release of Responsibility. This involves students receiving the appropriate explicit instruction then working towards completing tasks independently using the ‘I do’, ‘we do’, ‘you do’ approach. The Workshop Model provides teachers with the relevant time to confer with individual students or small groups so that point of need teaching is being received by all students. The model aims to foster student independence and increase working stamina.

All of our staff have been trained to deliver the DET High Impact Teaching Strategies which are used to enhance our lessons and improve our students’ educational outcomes. The strategies are evidence based and have proven to be the most effective teaching strategies that we can incorporate into our instruction. The strategies include; differentiation, explicit teaching, multiple exposures, feedback, metacognition, worked examples, feedback, questioning, structuring lessons and collaborative learning.

Teachers meet in Professional Learning Communities on a weekly basis. The Professional Learning Communities are structured meetings that are data informed. They ensure that our students are reaching educational outcomes while also enhancing teachers’ professional development. The meetings help staff to identify the best strategies to support all students and enable them to identify if intervention is required for students. Through Professional Learning Communities we are able to achieve a holistic approach as all staff members are accountable for all student data, outcomes and point of need curriculum.

Levelled Literacy Intervention is available in small groups for students who need extra assistance with reading. The program is by Fountas and Pinnell and is very explicit and has provided some outstanding results.