Teaching and Learning

The Teaching and Learning program is based on the shared philosophy that children learn best when they are actively involved in a range of authentic and purposeful learning experiences.

We believe children learn best when:

  • They are treated with dignity and respect
  • High standards are established and maintained
  • Learning objectives and success criteria are clearly explained
  • Learning is purposefully differentiated and individualised
  • A variety of strategies that promote deep-thinking are utilised
  • Learning includes collaboration, creativity, critical-thinking, and communication
  • Learning experiences have a problem-based, real world context

The Teaching and Learning philosophy at The Springfield Anglican College places significant emphasis on students developing critical skills which will enable them to contribute in society and the workforce. Supported by the use of technology, the staff at TSAC assist students to become creative, communicative, collaborative, self-directed, reflective and critical thinkers.

The Learner Framework

The Learner Framework plays a vital role in the development of all curriculum. We consider these skills to be essential for our students’ future success and are committed to providing innovative opportunities for young learners.

 

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Learning Analytics

Learning Analytics is the process of using school data, statistical analysis and modelling to gain insights into student performance. It gives leaders, teachers, parents and students access to rich academic data which informs teaching practice and school management. The Learning Analytics platform provided by the College is a comprehensive educational data analysis solution which aggregates, analyses, and publishes academic data. End of semester data is available to parents with children in Years 4 to 6.

Curriculum

We encourage all students to do their best academically, and have designed a curriculum which allows young people multiple opportunities to succeed  and position themselves effectively to develop knowledge and learning habits that will last a lifetime.

Literacy
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 our students.

Students in Prep to Year 6 participate in a daily uninterrupted 2-hour literacy block where they are immersed in a balanced approach to reading, writing, speaking and listening. Teachers expose students to a wide and rich range of literature, read aloud to them and model and discuss reading processes. Students are provided opportunities to be social and collaborative, and we measure the successes of our students through engagement and their attitudes to reading.

We encourage our students to take ownership and responsibility for their writing skills by helping  them to choose relevant topics and set goals for improvement. We provide instruction and support during all stages of the writing process and provide real audiences, publishing writing for our class and the wider community. We value goal-setting and work carefully with our students to deliver tailored learning through the systematic use of a range of appropriate assessment strategies.

Numeracy
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 curriculum that seeks to provide a context for learning Mathematics and one that sees our students applying their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding to their world.

We provide opportunities for our students to be actively engaged innumeracy not only during isolated Mathematics lessons. We believe that students learn best when they are able to connect Mathematics to other disciplines, including Science and Technology, and we provide platforms for this learning to occur.

STEM and the Primary Campus Maker Space
Recognising that skills are transferable across curriculum areas and that a wide skillset is often required to solve problems, students from Prep to Year 6 participate in units of work within the framework of STEM. The application of Science concepts, Technology tools, early Engineering and Mathematics is used to find authentic solutions to real-world problems. Students engage in a process of design, often collaborating and communicating ideas with their peers and industry experts, as they develop their solutions.

The Primary Campus Maker Space, known as the Fab Lab, was the result of research into flexible learning environments and contemporary approaches to teaching and learning. It was designed to be used in a variety of way, providing an ideal location for classes to work collaboratively on STEM units and engage with technology. The space is resourced with class sets of Surface Pro devices and iPads, as well as a variety of robotics and digital components which allow students to build prototypes of their ideas and get hands on with design concepts.

eLearning and BYOD
The Springfield Anglican College recognises the value of technology in education. We view technology as a tool that enhances the learner experience in the classroom, through enriched content, greater accessibility and collaboration, and the opportunity to achieve things that are otherwise impossible. Across the Primary Campus, students enjoy access to engaging content via a range of online services including Mathletics, Bug Club, Tynker and many more. These services add another rich layer or learning to our programs and allow teachers opportunities to individualise content for each student. Across the Primary Campus, Class Dojo is a valuable platform used to communicate with parents and for students to digitally share their learning through their Student Story.

The College BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program begins in Year 3 with students working on their own Windows device. The Primary Technology Training Program, taught in Digital Technologies in Term 1, aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to care for and use their first learning device at school. All students are provided with free access to the entire Microsoft Office suite of applications and work in digital collaborative spaces with their teachers and peers. Technology tools also provide students with a variety of ways to create their own content. Students develop their own websites, videos, animations, 3D objects and other impressive products to demonstrate their understanding and skill.

Specialist Lessons

Highly qualified specialist teachers support the comprehensive curriculum in Digital, Creative Arts, Dance, Physical Education and Perceptual Motor Program, Chinese and Library.

Digital Technologies
As technology continues to become an increasing presence in our lives, developing understandings  around the fundamentals of computer science is an empowering opportunity for young learners. Digital Technologies is taught across the Primary Campus from Prep to Year 6. The specialist subject focuses on developing student knowledge of digital and information systems, data and builds skills that allow students to be the creators of technology solutions. Students are introduced to coding through a visual programming language. Computational thinking and problems solving are key concepts developed through these activities. The Fab Lab contains a range of robotics and interactive components for students to engage with as they explore these concepts. Weekly Technology Club and Holiday Code Camps provide students with an interest in this area and extra opportunities to develop their skills.

Creative Arts
Creative Arts subjects provide students with unique and crucial skills essential in today’s workforce. All students from Prep to Year 6 attend a weekly Classroom Music lesson in which essential skills of rhythm, pitch, composing and performing are taught in a sequential manner.

The Kodaly Methodology is a strong focus of music lessons in order to develop transferable skills including gross motor coordination, memorisation, collaboration and problem-solving. Students also learn about music of different cultures, places and times.

All students in Years 1 to 6 attend a weekly Classroom Dance lesson. Students work individually and collaboratively, developing body awareness and technical and expressive skills to communicate meaning through purposeful movement. Through a variety of making and responding tasks, students develop skills in improvising, choreographing, refining and performing, as well as analysing and evaluating their own and others’ dance works.

The Primary curriculum also includes a comprehensive Instrumental Music Course. All students learn a musical instrument from Prep in a group setting, with highly-qualified, professional musicians who are specialists on their chosen instrument or instruments. Prep students attend weekly violin lessons and then can elect to continue group violin lessons in Years 1 and 2. All students in Year 3 study a violin, viola, cello or double bass. From Year 4 onwards, students can specialise in either a band or string instrument, with Year 4 band students initially undertaking the Band Readiness Program. Instrumental Music lessons are elective in Year 6. All Creative Arts students are involved in at least one of our Creative Arts ensembles or activities in our expansive Extra-Curricular Creative Arts Program which includes Music, Dance and Visual Art.

Physical Education
Physical Education (PE) lessons form a developmental component of the Primary Campus curriculum, providing all students from Prep to Year 6 with the opportunity to learn the key skills and rules of a wide
range of sports and activities.

Prep and Year 1 students have 2 x 30 minute lessons each week, with lessons focusing on the development of fine and gross motor skills. Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) lessons enable students to participate in activities that practice core movement skills, such as throwing, catching, kicking, running, jumping and hopping, through various challenges and activities. PE lessons for these students allow
them to learn the basic skills and rules of a variety of sports, using modified rules and equipment.

Years 2 to 6 PE lessons centre on skill acquisition and game play development, with weekly 45 minute lessons allowing students to learn the key skills, rules and game play techniques required to play a range of different sports. With the College being a member of the Junior TAS (JTAS) competition, PE lessons focus on sports played within this competition, including carnival sports.

Students in Years 3 to 6 also enjoy weekly afternoon sport lessons, with Year 3 and Year 4 students participating in sport on a Thursday afternoon, whilst Year 5 and Year 6 students do so on a Friday afternoon. These lessons allow students further opportunities to learn the skills and rules of a range of sports, whilst students who represent the College in JTAS teams get valuable training time ahead of their
weekly fixtures.

All students from Prep to Year 6 also participate in weekly swimming lessons during Term 4, which help students learn the importance of being confident and safe in and around water, as well as developing their stroke techniques.

Chinese
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The Springfield Anglican College offers a primary Chinese program based on the Australian Curriculum: Languages Chinese Syllabus and is designed for Second Language Learners. It is a culturally rich program where students learn through activities, songs, stories and engaging resources such as realia from China and other Chinese speaking countries. Topics in this program include self introduction, family, school life and special celebrations. Students acquire not only communication skills but also an intercultural capability. They are provided the opportunity to experience cultural diversity of the world
and its peoples. Some of the favourites include chopstick racing, dumpling making, Chinese ribbon dancing, fan dancing and Chinese puppet making. Through this program, students will gain an understanding of the role of language and culture in communication and reflect on language use and language learning. Developing these skills also greatly assists and supports their learning in other learning areas. This Chinese program aims to cultivate a passion for language learning and encourage students to discover their connection with the world around them.

The Rosella Resource Centre
The Rosella Resource Centre is a well-resourced and inviting environment where students are encouraged to develop an enduring love of reading. It is a popular place at lunchtimes to relax, read or play board games.

During class lessons Prep to Year 2 students listen to a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books. Through discussion, students deepen their understanding of text types and literacy features. Students
develop the skills to navigate to their favourite parts of the library, whether it be a particular author they enjoy, or a topic they want to read more about, and select a book they wish to take home and share with loved ones. Prep to Year 2 students foster relationships with other students through buddy reading with some of the older classes.

Students in Years 3 to 6 learn to navigate the library operating system to find the print and digital resources they need. They analyse texts for their features and learn to appreciate the ways that authors cater to different audiences. Library lessons support the classroom curriculum and students are taught various ways to conduct research on a topic. They develop the skills to question the validity of the information that they have found and build the foundations to become lifelong inquirers of the world they live in.

Learning Enhancement

Learning Enhancement at The Springfield Anglican College has the sole purpose of supporting and extending students from Kindergarten to Year 6, in order to assist them in achieving their academic potential.

Academic Extension
In targeting diverse learning needs at TSAC, we acknowledge and support students of high ability and their specific learning needs. Using best practice models, the school actively identifies students, and provides curriculum programs to extend, challenge and enrich the learning for these students in the classroom. In addition, the College provides a broad range of extra-curricular extension opportunities, to further provide high ability students with the chance to extend themselves and work with like-minded peers. Some of the options on offer include Da Vinci Decathlon, Debating, BRAINways workshops, technology and coding club, science club, and FAME (Friday Afternoon Maths Extension).

Learning Support
We provide a caring, nurturing environment in which every student is recognised as an individual with unique strengths. We believe every student deserves the opportunity to access the curriculum at a level of challenge that is appropriate for them. We provide a continuum of support with increasingly focused and personalised teaching and intervention at each successive layer including: curriculum differentiation, intensive learning support teaching and the provision of Support Plans. The College identifies the  appropriate layer of support through analysis of student data and ongoing monitoring of student progress.

Primary Schooling

All students at The Springfield Anglican College are supported in their individual growth of academic, social and emotional development.

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Student Care

Our students are at their best when they feel happy, safe and connected. Knowing your child is important to us. They are more than just a face in the crowd.

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Student Activities

Our vibrant and varied leadership opportunities, student activities and extra-curricular programs are vital in allowing us to achieve our goals of educating the mind, body and spirit of our students.

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