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.
Our unique three-strand day
Block One: Experiential Strand
Experiential activities are based on the process of learning through investigating prior knowledge 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. These lessons include Science, Dance, Drama, PE, Social Sciences, Visual Arts, and more.
Block Two: Instructional Strand
Instructional learning takes place in scheduled small group sessions and one-on-one individual 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.
Block Three: Thematic strand
This block is designed to satisfy the whole child, helping to keep students engaged, curious and wanting to know more. These lessons are undertaken in the afternoon block, with the support of classroom teachers, and where appropriate, a visiting specialist. The subjects offered in this strand are scaffolded through a Discovery-Based model of teaching and learning, which uses real-life and relevant themes to provide context for new learning.
We employ a new theme each year that underpins, and connects our taught curriculum each of the school terms. Depending on age, personal interest and readiness, each student builds up a body of work, either with several small projects, or one which is larger, exploring ideas in more depth over each term. We match reading material and writing activities with their specific area of interest, because we know engagement, academic success and personal progress comes more readily when a student's passion is identified and tapped into.
Summit Point School’s physical education curriculum is tailored directly to the needs and interests of our students. Physical education assists in the development of fine and gross motor skills, when we are able to, aquatic skills, yoga and safety, ball handling, running, jumping, balance, rhythm and social skills, creating a fun, safe and effective learning environment.
Snapshot of a day at Summit Point
8.30-8.45am Outlaw words
Students arrive at school and begin practise on their personalised outlaw (spelling) words using drill cards, both orally and written.
8.50am School bell and morning circle
Mornings begin with Morning Circle before the first block of learning as part of our responsibility and identity curriculum. 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.
9.30-10.30am Experiential strand
This block might include: technology, digital writing, psychology, science, dance, music, which are timetabled on a weekly schedule for our Experiential Learning Time.
10.30-10.50am Brain break
10.50-12.50pm Instructional Strand
Intervention and acceleration is a focus in this block, using an evidence-based, Structured Literacy approach, which includes phonic awareness, syllabic awareness, grammar and punctuation and language features. Oral and written language development are the focus in these well matched lessons.
Intervention and acceleration for numeracy are timetabled on a weekly schedule in our instructional strand directly after literacy rotations. We support and extend students, using structured, multi-sensory tools, as well as technology.
1.30-1.45pm Quiet time
Students work with their peers and teachers on a daily rotation as part of our social and emotional curriculum. Activities might include a daily intention, yoga, grounding, stretching and breathing.
1.45-2.45pm Thematic strand
Students work individually or in a co-constructed groups 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 be identified as needing extra support with academic, creative and/or personal challenges. Daily rotations within the Thematic Strand may also include art, reading and PE. School assembly takes place Monday morning, each fortnight.
2.45-3.00pm Clean up
3.00-3.15pm Afternoon circle
3.15pm School day ends