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Curriculum
 
Taroona High School has a commitment to ensuring all students leave this school enthusiastic about learning; confident that they understand how to learn effectively and that they have new skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve their dreams, whatever they may be.
Our school curriculum has been informed by our School Improvement Plan and our aim to provide a learning environment that is personalised, integrative and responsive to student voice.

 

Junior School Curriculum

All students in Grade 7 study a common course that covers all learning areas in the school with the introduction of some choice in Grade 8. Wherever possible, teachers offer a personalised approach to learning taking into account the prior experiences and achievement of students. Students are encouraged to be autonomous learners and participate in learning opportunities that engage and promote the achievement of personal excellence.

Our core educational program will focus on learning outcomes in the areas of Mathematics (numeracy), English (literacy), Science, Society and History and Digital Technology. Students will spend 50% of their time in these core areas. It will also be the responsibility of the teachers in these areas to foster the quality relationships and supportive environment that we know is so important for young adolescents.

Wellness is an important part of the curriculum in all grades. This is much more than a traditional Physical Education program. It is the ultimate aim of this learning area for each student to achieve physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual wellbeing, ensuring that all students know how to make wise health choices for themselves and to take some responsibility for the health of others. In year 9 and 10 the school day is structured into 4 blocks of time per day, three of 80 mins duration and one of 60 mins, giving 20 blocks per week. Most courses are taught as vertical 9/10 groups. Students choose 8 courses for the year. Some courses will be year long; some will be semester long. There are 5 blocks/periods per week for semester long courses and 5 blocks/periods per fortnight for year long courses. All semester long courses and year long courses are notionally 120 hours in total length.

In addition to these core programs students will be given the chance to explore areas such as Languages, the Arts, Music, Drama and Art and Vocational and Applied Learning - D&T (Woodwork, Plastics and Metalcraft) and Home Economics (Cooking and Textiles). These courses are offered in a mix of courses that operate for either a full year or half year. In Grade 8 students have a choice to specialise more but are encouraged to study at least one course from The Arts and one from the area of Vocational and Applied Learning.
 
In Grade 7 we aim to ensure that students connect to the school, feel a sense of belonging and are provided with a supportive environment. To do this we endeavour to give students ownership of a room and exposure to a relatively small number of teachers at any one time, usually less than 6 different teachers, 2 of whom will take them for approximately 50% of their school week.

 

Senior School Curriculum

In the Senior School student learning opportunities are more targeted to individual needs and aspirations. Students are still required to meet the requirements of the Tasmanian Curriculum Framework but are given a diverse range of pathways to achieve the learning outcomes specified. Many courses are offered that challenge students in a variety of ways to ensure they receive a broad education but are also given the chance to pursue their passions. In year 9 and 10 the school day is structured into 4 blocks of time per day, three of 80 mins duration and one of 60 mins, giving 20 blocks per week. Most courses are taught as vertical 9/10 groups. Students choose 8 courses for the year. Some courses will be year long; some will be semester long. There are 5 blocks/periods per week for semester long courses and 5 blocks/periods per fortnight for year long courses. All semester long courses and year long courses are notionally 120 hours in total length.

Programs for gifted and talented students, along with courses that enable students to seek remedial help and fill gaps in their skills and knowledge, ensure that our curriculum is both personalised and differentiated.

Timetable Structure

In year 9 and 10 the school day is structured into 4 blocks of time per day, three of 80 mins duration and one of 60 mins, giving 20 blocks per week. Most courses are taught as vertical 9/10 groups. Students choose 8 courses for the year. Some courses will be year long; some will be semester long. There are 5 blocks/periods per week for semester long courses and 5 blocks/periods per fortnight for year long courses. All semester long courses and year long courses are notionally 120 hours in total length.
 

What we are trying to achieve

  • Greater continuity and coherence with less fragmentation in learning. Students take fewer courses at any one time and have more contacts with each course per week.
  • An effective pastoral care system with teachers have fewer students and fewer classes, more often per week. Thus they are able to know their students better, so as to form more effective relationships.
  • Teachers better able to differentiate learning for students and give more frequent feedback
  • Increase the number, type, and relevance of course offerings – personalizing learning
  • Reduction of compulsory requirements of Society and History, and Science
  • Greater diversity in courses offered
  • Optimum length lessons for all