Early years learning framework
In the early years, we understand that play provides opportunities for children to learn as they discover, create, improvise and imagine. Our Early Years teachers plan active and complex play opportunities to support the achievement of learning outcomes described in the Early Years Framework.
Taroona Primary School is fully engaged with the Australian Curriculum. Our teachers are committed to using best practice, whole of school approaches in the teaching of Australian Curriculum English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences. Dedicated time is allocated to these learning areas, Prep to Year 6.
Taroona Primary School also offers specialist programs including Music, French and Health and Physical Education.
More information about the Australian Curriculum can be found at the following website: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/
Across the school year a wide range of additional programs support our class programs. Opportunities are offered for students in the following areas:
- Carnivals (inter-house and inter-school) – Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming & Triathlon
- Whole School Special Days (e.g. events organised by our Student Council);
- School and Community Activities (e.g. Open Days, Exhibitions);
- School Association ‘Seaside Festival’ and other special events.
- Tournament of Minds
- Maths Relay and Maths Olympiad
- Grade 5-6 Debating
- Grade 1-6 Swimming & Water Safety Program
- Book Week
- Soccer for Kinder-6 (Saturdays)
- Grade 5 & 6 Interschool Netball & Football Roster (during school time Term 3)
- Class teacher and school-initiated activities (e.g. excursions)
- Scientists in Schools Program
- Concert Band‘Mentor Program’ with Taroona High School
Class programs are also complemented by visits to the school by cultural groups, performers or individuals and people with special expertise. Details of all special events are provided in newsletters.
The Taroona Primary Daily Fitness program operates every day from 8.55am to 9.10am and is led by specially trained Year 6 students. The benefits of this program are well beyond the physical. The Taroona Primary School Daily Fitness program has engendered a tradition of leadership, co-operation and organisation amongst the Year six leaders that the other students respect. It has grown familiarisation, friendships, respect and acceptance between children from all grades and ages through the daily interaction that happens through the vertical grouping process. We believe that the culture of ‘working together’ that this program fosters is largely responsible for the minimal behavioural problems we experience at our school.
Swimming and water safety
This program operates for grades 1-6 students. The program for Years 3-5 will run for two weeks i.e. 10 days in term 3, and for Years 1, 2 & 6 for one week i.e. 5 days in term 3 or 4. The cost of this program is incorporated into the school levies.
Digital learning technologies
Taroona Primary School fully utilises available digital learning technologies to enhance student learning and engagement in today’s world. All students and teachers at our school start the school year with their own personal iPad. Our teachers employ 21st century learning design skills within their classroom programs to assist with engaging our students in learning activities, as well as providing them with the tools they need to learn ‘anywhere, anytime’.
Fronter is the name of the Taroona Primary School virtual learning environment which supports us to engage in learning collaboratively and sharing our learning with an authentic and wide audience. It is accessible on any computer with internet access using your child’s username and password or the TPS guest login: username tps / password tps.
Fronter is like the School Building. It is made up of many rooms, some of which belong to our specialist teachers e.g. PE, Music and French and some that may be set up temporarily when needed e.g. Tournament of Minds. All classes have their own room as well as accompanying grade curriculum rooms and gallery spaces.
Access to Fronter is either through the school website, click on the Fronter image below and this will take you to your log-in page, or by googling ‘fronter tas’. Once you have entered your username and password it will take you to the School Fronter ‘Primary Home Room’. Then click on the grade you are searching for. Class newsletters, student work and other class activities will be found here.