Teaching and Learning
Understanding by Design®, forms the basis of the pedagogical framework at The Springfield Anglican College.
This results in a shared philosophy and delivery of quality teaching and learning. The framework emphasises the critical role of the teacher as a designer of student-learning and provides the foundation for determining individual learning objectives, crafting authentic and meaningful learning experiences, and ensuring accurate and consistent feedback.
The College’s literacy programs are of the highest quality and aim to maximise each student’s capacity as a consumer and producer of language and literature. Our teachers implement a range of developmentally and age-appropriate instructional strategies to continually develop the literacy skills of all students. In addition, our teachers maintain a focus on delivering tailored learning through the systematic use of a range of appropriate assessment strategies.
The teaching of numeracy at the College aims to develop students as learners who are adept problem-solvers, and able to think critically and creatively to solve real-world problems. Therefore, we deliver a numeracy curriculum that seeks to provide a context for learning mathematics, and one that sees our students actively applying their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding to their world.
TSAC has continued to strengthen its teaching and learning program with the development of its e-learning and STEAM initiatives. Recognising that skills are transferrable across curriculum areas and that a wide skillset is often required to solve problems, students from Preparatory to Year Six participate in units of work within the framework of STEAM. The application of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics is used to find authentic solutions to real-world problems.
Learning Enhancement at The Springfield Anglican College has the sole purpose of supporting and extending students from K-6, in order to assist them in achieving their academic potential.
Our differentiated classroom program is the ideal model for consistently extending and challenging students. Talented students also benefit from opportunities to meet and work with likeminded children on specific programs. Learning Enhancement offer these extension opportunities in a number of different extra-curricular programs and competitions.
Bright Sparks is an extension and enrichment extra-curricular program designed for highly capable and self-motivated students in Years 4 to 6. During after school sessions, students have the opportunity to prepare for various external competitions and showcase evenings that are held throughout the year.
FAME (Friday Afternoon Mathematics Extension) is an extra-curricular program for those students with an identified talent in Mathematics, developing critical and creative thinking skills. These intensive mathematics sessions also help to prepare students for their participation in the Australian Mathematics Competition, the Maths Teams Challenge and other inter-College based Maths challenges throughout the year.
The Learning Support Programs are provided for students who may experience learning difficulties and need additional support in their literacy and numeracy development. Our support sessions are provided by teaching staff either individually, in small groups or in class assistance depending on the specific needs of the student, including those for whom English is a second language. Our Teacher Aides also work collaboratively with classroom teachers to enhance individualised and small group learning support in classroom lessons, as needed, and in some cases can involve the development of a Student Support Plan.
Our Learning Support Teachers regularly liaise with parents and external specialists to ensure that a student’s ongoing needs are being met throughout all areas of their learning and development.
Some students may just require support with homework assignments. Our Drop In Zone offers students an opportunity to be guided by teachers in a supportive environment to work through homework assignments whilst receiving ongoing feedback and tracking their progress. Students develop valuable organisational and study skills essential skills for the later years of schooling.
At the Springfield Anglican College, technology is used as tool to support and enhance learning. In the early years, students have access to class sets of iPads and Microsoft Surfaces. From Years 4 to 6, students work with individual devices in classroom, specialist and extra-curricular lessons. Access to this technology allows students to engage with the Digital Technologies curriculum. They develop knowledge about digital systems and develop skills in computational thinking. The Maker Space on the Primary Campus, the Fab Lab, is home to a variety of robotics and internet enabled tools for students to work with during the year. The Fab Lab is a flexible space, which also provides a location for students to explore design thinking and produce their own design solutions.
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