At Ripponlea Primary School, the students are front and centre of all our teaching and learning. We develop programs and practices, and offer educational and extra-curricular experiences that support our children to thrive in whatever path they choose to pursue.
We offer a rich academic environment that empowers students with an understanding of how their own strengths and skills will maximise their success.
With a core focus on literacy and numeracy, teachers provide a stimulating, comprehensive and challenging curriculum based on the Victorian Curriculum- which outlines the common set of knowledge and skills required by students for lifelong learning, social development and active and informed citizenship.
Guiding students to become independent learners is a goal for all teachers at Ripponlea Primary School and we adopt a Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Model.
The model is rich in utilising high impact teacher practices and strategies, explicit modelling, guided practice, prompting and cuing, listening to expert thinking, encouraging collaborative experiences, and lots of opportunity for review.
We use an Inquiry Methodology which enables students to develop an understanding of 'big picture' concepts by questioning, researching, analysing, presenting and sharing their learning. Students are encouraged to be critical and reflective thinkers, connecting their knowledge and experience to develop relevance and personal meaning of the ideas under inquiry. Some of the units we’ve explored in the past are: ‘Community’ (Foundation), ‘Light and Sound’ (1/2), ‘The Ages of Exploration (3/4) and ‘Design, Persuasion & Innovation’ (5/6).
Our classroom work is complemented by a specialist program that includes weekly 50-minute sessions of: