Our school curriculum is guided by the learning outcomes described in the Victorian Curriculum – a state wide curriculum for all Department of Education and Training Schools to align with. Teachers use their knowledge of the curriculum to plan units of learning that align with our school’s context. Specialist teachers are informed of classroom programs to ensure they complement and enhance classroom work units.
Teachers constantly consider the children’s well being and their learning in terms of bringing out and valuing the best in each child. They navigate through current research and best practice and how this can enrich current classroom learning. Staff attend Professional learning seminars in their area of expertise as well as general classroom management. All staff input is valued during conversations and sharing of knowledge and ideas in both informal and formal settings. Teachers implement common strategies and practices in the classroom and evaluate the positive impact these have on student outcomes.
Literacy- Phonics comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and phonemic awareness are the teaching focus for children to learn to read and write. Word investigation using base words and adding to these to make new words is taught with genuine curiosity. We use up to date assessment programs to monitor student growth and identify children who need extra support early. Our library provides a quiet place to read and children are encouraged to borrow books to take home. Toolangi has a visiting teacher with a mobile library that children can also borrow books from.
Numeracy- is taught with a solid foundation around number facts in the early years and applying these facts to problem solving in later years.We use several developmental programs, as well as differentiated tasks where all children can find an entry point to solving a problem. Toolangi PS has had above average NAPLAN results in numeracy and literacy for many years.
Computer Technology-is integrated across the curriculum. Children are taught to use desk top computers; lap tops and iPads. The Junior classroom has an interactive white board and the Senior classroom an interactive television that are used by teachers at various times to enhance student learning.