Summit Point School's academic program is strengths based, guided by our concept based curriculum principles, allowing for learning to occur individually or in small groups, based on each student's needs, passions and interests.
The three-strand day
Our day begins with a thematic strand in the first block, where the primary focus is on arts and culture. This approach satisfies the ‘whole child’ and starts our day with students engaged with the theme, curious and wanting to know more. Our teachers deliver thematic lessons in drama, dance, music and visual art. This will be undertaken in a shared teaching environment with the support of visiting specialist teachers or in collaboration with services such as Lewis Eady music school. Thematic (theme based) teaching uses real-life and relevant themes to provide context for learning. We employ a new theme for each of the four school terms.
Instructional learning takes place in scheduled small group sessions and one-on-one individual withdrawal sessions as required. Many of our students are twice-exceptional. It is equally important to accelerate children in their areas of strength and help them to develop strategies and skills to bridge their specific challenges. In this block we identify and target gaps while stretching and accelerating your child’s unique capabilities through specific individualised instruction.
Experiential activities occupy the afternoon session of each day. These activities are based on the process of learning through an experience and reflecting on those experiences in an analytical way. This helps your child to develop an understanding of how they learn and their individual learning style.
Summit Point School’s physical education curriculum is tailored directly to the needs and interests of our students. Physical education is delivered three times per week, assisting in the development of fine and gross motor skills, aquatic skills and safety, ball handling, running, jumping, balance, rhythm and social skills, creating a fun, safe and effective learning environment.
Perceptual motor programme
The perceptual motor programme (PMP) helps develop a child's perceptions and understandings of themselves in relation to their world through movement. This includes perceptions of height and space, pattern and order and the limitations of their bodies. Perceptual knowledge and judgement comes from physical and sensory experiences that are repeated over and over. When this is well developed, consequential reactions are more likely to be appropriate for any given situation, when it is not, it can impede learning. In short, refining perceptual judgments prepare the brain for learning.
Snapshot of a day at Summit Point
8.30-8.45am Intensive literacy
Our students sit as a class group and practice their personalised outlaw (spelling) words on drill cards, both orally and written.
8.50am School bell and morning circle
Mornings begin with Morning Circle before the first block of learning. This helps our students to begin the learning day calm and ready to learn-engaging in daily problem solving activities, self-regulation and working on social skills.
9.10-10.30am Experiential strand
Creative arts, drama, dance, music, science, technology and cooking take place depending on the project for the term and student interest.
10.30-10.50am Brain break
10.50-12.30pm Instructional strand
Intervention and acceleration for literacy and numeracy rotations.
We have a large field and lots of sporting equipment, a netball court, indoor space and a sheltered seated area with an edible garden.
1.10-1.30pm Quiet time
Students work on a task, game or rest independently for the last 20 mins of lunch to ‘decompress’ and be ready for learning in the afternoon. It is shown to improve focus, calmness and well-being. Quiet time is a learned life-skill with proven long-term benefits for mental and physical health.
1.30-3.00pm Thematic strand
Students work individually or in a co-constructed group environments on inquiry projects. The emphasis is on collaboration, or partnership working. Workshops also occur at this time. Students can book in for extra help or identified as needing extra support with academic, creative and/or personal challenges.
3.15 pm School day ends