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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 are accelerated programs for scholarship and selective entrance preparation. The curriculum for years 1-7 solidify 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 class 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 and 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 allow 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 knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

Speaking

·       Learn to 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 informed personal responses and recognise alternative viewpoints and responses to a text and evaluate 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, or drawing on and using information from a presentation).

·       Revise, edit and proof-read writing.

·       Reflect on whether a draft achieves the intended impact.

·       Restructure writing, and amend grammar and vocabulary to improve coherence, consistency, clarity and overall effectiveness.

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

Grammar and Vocabulary

·       Consolidate and build knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

·       Study the effectiveness and impact of language, grammar and punctuation in texts.

·       Draw on new vocabulary and grammatical constructions from reading and listening to a range of texts, and using these consciously in writing and speech to achieve particular effects.

·       Analyse differences between spoken and written language, including differences associated with formal and informal registers, and between Standard English and other varieties of English.

·       Use linguistic and literary terminology accurately and confidently when discussing reading, writing and spoken language.

Speaking

·       Speak confidently, audibly and effectively.

·       Use Standard and other styles of English depending on the context and audience.

·       Work 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.

·       Listen to and building on the contributions of others, asking questions to clarify and inform, and challenge courteously when necessary.

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

·       Listen and respond in a variety of different contexts, both formal and informal, and evaluate content, viewpoints, evidence and aspects of presentation.

·       Improvise, rehearse and perform play scripts and poetry in order to develop language skills and discuss language use and meaning, using role, intonation, tone, volume, mood, silence, stillness and action to add impact.