Accelerated Learning Class

Year 1 - Year 10

We have a range of extension and enrichment experiences to offer our students to enhance their learning experience at Top Scope College.

Accelerated Learning – the fast-paced delivery of the standard national curriculum – is intended to equip academically gifted and driven students with the necessary tools to tackle the complexities of advanced courses in the future stages of their education.

Top Scope College’s Accelerated Learning Class is a dynamic program that is continually modified to suit the needs of individual students. The ALC strives to develop and refine students’ critical thinking and learning abilities, cultivating a skillset focused on independent learning, examination skills and research. Our curriculum is designed to expose students to content that is half a year more advanced than the Australian Curriculum. The class follows a sequential developmental pathway from year 1 to 10 in the three core subjects of the national curriculum: English, Mathematics, and Abstract Reasoning (year 1 – 6) or Science (Year 7 – 10).

Students will be selected to join Top Scope College Accelerated Learning Class after Assessment Testing and Interview. Our core subjects of English, Maths, Abstracted Reasoning or Science is accelerated programs for scholarship and selective entrance preparation. The curriculum for years 1-7 solidify and the foundational skills that are essential for scholarship and selective entrance examinations. With a focus on building strong analytical and critical thinking, students are to be equipped with the skillset to dissect challenging problems presented in scholarship and selective entrance examinations.

This effectively allows students to extend the standard two-year VCE by an additional year by commencing their studies earlier, broadening the range of subjects they undertake and allowing them to complete more year 12 (Unit 3 & 4) studies than a mainstream student. As a result, Top Scope College students are more adequately prepared, positioned to obtain a higher ATAR score at the end of their secondary education than the majority of their peers. As part of this VCE program, some students undertake VCE Extension Studies which allows them to complete one or more university subjects.

We provide:

·       A differentiated curriculum which allows students to work to potential at their appropriate levels;

·       Opportunities to develop special interest areas in depth through various activities;

·       Independent learning on an individual basis;

·       Limited repetitious work so that students begin their programs from what they know and progress from there;

·       A stimulating environment where students with similar interests and learning styles may accept challenges with enthusiasm 

 

For Students from Year 1 - 6:

Reading

·       Develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasingly challenging material independently

·       Understand increasingly challenging texts

·       Read critically

Writing

·       Write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information

·       Plan, draft, edit and proof-read

Grammar and Vocabulary

·       Consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary

Speaking

·       Speak confidently and effectively


For Students from Year 7 - 10:

Reading

·       Read and appreciate the depth and power of the English literary heritage

·       Understand and critically evaluate texts

·       Make an informed personal response, recognising that other responses to a text are possible and evaluating these.

Writing

·       Write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information

·       Make notes, draft and write, including using information provided by others (e.g. writing a letter from key points provided; drawing on and using information from a presentation)

·       Revise, edit and proof-read through

·       Reflecting on whether their draft achieves the intended impact

·       Restructuring their writing, and amending its grammar and vocabulary to improve coherence, consistency, clarity and overall effectiveness

·       Paying attention to the accuracy and effectiveness of grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Grammar and Vocabulary

·       Consolidate and build on their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary through

·       Studying their effectiveness and impact in the texts they read

·       Drawing on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions from their reading and listening, and using these consciously in their writing and speech to achieve particular effects

·       Analysing some of the differences between spoken and written language, including differences associated with formal and informal registers, and between Standard English and other varieties of English

·       Using linguistic and literary terminology accurately and confidently in discussing reading, writing and spoken language

Speaking

·       Speak confidently, audibly and effectively

·       Using Standard English when the context and audience require it

·       Working effectively in groups of different sizes and taking on required roles, including leading and managing discussions, involving others productively, reviewing and summarising, and contributing to meeting goals/deadlines

·       Listening to and building on the contributions of others, asking questions to clarify and inform, and challenging courteously when necessary

·       Planning for different purposes and audiences, including selecting and organising information and ideas effectively and persuasively for formal spoken presentations and debates

·       Listening and responding in a variety of different contexts, both formal and informal, and evaluating content, viewpoints, evidence and aspects of presentation

·       Improvising, rehearsing and performing play scripts and poetry in order to generate language and discuss language use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact.