How We Teach & SupportIt's the little things we do to support an individualised learning program that get us the big results
How we teach and support
Our entire teaching staff is dedicated to the detail and we want to ensure every child achieves to their own potential.
This means ensuring we have a robust system of teaching and support that not only caters to the average (or middle student) – but also the advanced student or the student that needs some extra support.
For learning to take place we need to ensure that every child feels safe, happy and confident within themselves – and so a huge emphasis is placed on a strong wellbeing and support program that achieves just that!
Building Positive Relationships
TVPS understands that developing positive teacher-student relations greatly influences the school climate and how students learn. We all want to feel cared for and valued. Students are no different. This knowledge is very valuable. As a classroom teacher, we have the ability to ensure that all students feel valued and care for them as individuals. This is established in the ‘shared’ setting of our classroom norms and expectations, which leads to a positive classroom climate. Positive relationships are built on the foundations of dignity and mutual respect.
Differentiation is a key high impact teaching strategy (HITS) used by teachers to craft lessons that provide the right amount of support and challenge for every student.
At TVPS differentiated teaching can ensure that all students can master their individual objectives and continually grow even if they aren’t necessarily at the same starting level.
The purpose of differentiation is to look at the relevant skill levels of students and ask: “What are we going to do to increase depth, broaden, extend and improve upon the knowledge and the skill base of every student in the class, regardless of the starting point.
It doesn’t matter whether the student is at the top end of the academic spectrum, or whether the student requires additional support. Differentiation is teaching to every student’s zone of proximal learning development.
Digital Technology at TVPS is not just a powerful tool for learning, but also a vehicle for innovation and creation.
We are truely blessed at TVPS. Our students have access to class sets of iPads in Years P-2, 1:1 iPads in Year 3 and 1:1 Laptops in Years 4-6. As well as a large availability of peripheral devices such as Digital Cameras, Robotics, Coding Resources and 3D Printers to truely give all our students a ‘head start’ into the dawn of the 22nd century.
These technologies are greatly supported and used by our staff in the day to day delivery of lessons and special clubs, including our Coding Club and ValleyTV.
True extension is provided through effective teaching and using evidence of student learning readiness, learning progress, and knowledge of individual student learning profiles, to make adjustments for individuals so that all students experience challenge, success and improved learning = Learning Differentiation.
TVPS students are supported through a range of extension programs outside of the classroom including: Maths Olympiad (Years 5&6), Maths Games (Year 4) and the G.A.T.E.W.A.Y.S. program.
Kinder to Prep Transition
The Prep Transition Program at Templestowe Valley PS is designed to make the move from Preschool to Primary School as seamless as possible. It will allow your child to commence school with confidence. We offer a comprehensive range of activities and opportunities for families and children to get to know our school ensuring both you and your child are ready for their first steps in starting school.
Information about our Transition Program for 2023 Prep students can be found below. Weekly school tours, conducted by either our Principal or Assistant Principal are scheduled on a Wednesday from 11:30am. Tours generally take between 45 – 60 minutes. Please call the TVPS School Office on 8850 5777 to book a place. If you’re unable to join a Tuesday tour, please ring the Office to see if an alternative time can be arranged.
Year 6 to Year 7 Transition
A successful transition from primary to secondary school involves a student being able to move as seamlessly as possible to their new setting. To ensure all students are supported in their transition to secondary school, TVPS ensures our transition practice and programs provide appropriate personal, social and academic supports to promote student engagement and wellbeing. We do this by:
– referring to the Year 6 to 7 transitions framework to identify their key dates and communication.
– develop and update parents and students as to the transition process.
– establish and maintain relationships with all secondary schools.
As part of our ‘Transitions’ program we invite all secondary schools to come and talk to our Years 5 & 6 students about their schools and allow students to voice any questions or concerns they may have. Once the transition selection has been completed, we actively engage with the secondary schools to provide as much information about each individual student for placement at their new secondary school; academic,
social, emotional and friendships.
Moving from Primary to Secondary School information for parents: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/going-to-school/Pages/year-6- to-7.aspx
What makes the TVPS Year 6 to 7 Transition Program unique?
Sweet Valley High
The Sweet Valley High Program was established to best prepare our students for the environment of secondary school. During SVH (Sweet Valley High) all of our Years 5 & 6 classrooms change into a secondary school setting. This involves all students being placed into a ‘Home Group’ and experiencing a Year 7 timetable. = 5 different teachers in 5 different locations (rooms) with 5 different subjects.
Sweet Valley High runs over 1 whole school week and really immerses our students in a Secondary School setting = Timetable, subjects and movement between classes.
Moving Schools to TVPS
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