Templestowe Park aspires to develop the ‘whole child’ by planning and implementing a balanced curriculum. This means that there is a strong emphasis on not only Literacy and Numeracy, but also Science, The Arts, Physical Education and Technology. The foundation to learning is student engagement and it is important to TPPS that we help our students develop a passion for learning while building upon their level of self esteem and confidence.
The academic core of Templestowe Park’s curriculum is the development of Literacy and Numeracy skills in students across all year levels.
- Each day three, one hour sessions with a focus on Reading, Writing and Mathematics is conducted where childrenwork on developing their understanding and skills through a variety of group and individual tasks.
- Individual learning needs are catered for by students working on tasks based on their needs, often in small group situations.
- We value and support effective parent involvement and provide parent helpers’ training in Literacy and Numeracy.
- In Prep, year 1 and year 2, the teaching of literacy is based on the Early Years Literacy Strategy.
- Students work in ability groups to develop their Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening skills through a variety of strategies to help them become independent readers and writers.
- In years 3 through to 6, the focus on the literacy program shifts towards individual text selection and reflection while making links to the world in which they live.
The use of technology supports student learning at Templestowe Park.
- Each classroom is equipped with an interactive screen that enables teachers to model new concepts and demonstrate specific skills in an engaging manner. In turn, students are able to share with their class when it is their turn to use the screen.
- Each student within the school has easy access to one of the 160 high end notebooks. These are stored in a central location of each year level.
The Reading Recovery Program is Literacy Intervention for Year One students who need extra support with their reading and writing skill development. This program involves:
- the student working one-on-one with a teacher who has been trained specifically in the Reading Recovery program.
- the Reading Recovery teacher identifying the needs of each individual child and then works with them to overcome their literacy learning difficulties.
- enabling children to become active and independent readers and writers, better able to join in the daily literacy activities in their classroom.
If your child participates in Reading Recovery, it will occur on a daily basis, for a block of several weeks.