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How we teach

Personalised assessments

From Prep to Year Six, students are individually assessed in Literacy and Numeracy on a systematic basis to give teachers valuable information to plan challenging curriculum, and to be able to consider the unique learning needs of each child.

Students undertake standardised assessments twice a year (March and July). Teachers also collect data from non-standardised assessment tasks regularly throughout the year.

All EPS teachers collect a range of short term, medium term and long-term data from these assessments as to each student’s progress in Literacy and Numeracy. Teachers then use this data to plan for each student and for parent-teacher communications.

Student Wellbeing

EPS has a well-established and positive student wellbeing philosophy, where student-peer and teacher relationships are seen as key to effective learning in every classroom. We think it is important to focus on student engagement by providing many opportunities for students to become involved in the school community, for example through the Student Representative Council, the Young Leaders Team, House Captains, Green Team Members, our Grade 4/Prep Buddies program and as peer mediators.

Support Programs

EPS provides targeted literacy programs for students needing additional support.

  • Year 1: Literacy intervention
  • Year 2: Literacy intervention
  • Year 3&4: ’Toe By Toe’ program
  • Prep to Year 6: ‘Shine’ program
  • Year 5-6 students: The literacy support program, ‘Bridges’

Teacher support

Our teachers meet regularly at the year level and broader school level, in order to ensure that teaching and learning is coordinated and cohesive across the school. For additional support in Literacy, EPS has a Literacy Coordinator who supports teachers in developing teaching skills and methods for reading, spelling and writing.

Year Level Coordinators

Each year level has a dedicated team coordinator to ensure cohesive year level planning, to support teachers and to coordinate student learning activities and assessment. Evidence of student learning is shared during team meetings to identify students’ achievements and highlight where further instruction is needed.

Written reports

Consistent with Victorian Educational guidelines students receive two written reports per year – in June and December.

Homework

Homework is a valuable educational experience providing a link between home and school, fostering lifelong learning and study habits, and providing an opportunity for students to be responsible for their own learning.

Homework in Prep to Year 2 focuses primarily on home reading. By Year 3 through to Year 6, students are assigned increasingly challenging homework tasks aligned to their numeracy and literacy levels. Home reading continues to constitute an important part of this homework.

Community

Our parents are actively involved as classroom, school and community volunteers.