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Primary Years Education at TSSC


From the first day of Prep to the final day of primary school, Tara Shire State College offers its Primary Years students with dynamic learning experiences and a robust curriculum.  We teach the Australian Curriculum by developing high quality units of work that focus on the developmental and learning needs of individual students. 

Teachers use Explicit Instruction and Gradual Release to scaffold learning with layers of support ranging from extra time, extension activities, adjusted assessments and individual and group support with targeted assistance from the college’s dedicated Teacher Aides.  Underpinning our academic agenda is the Positive Behaviour Learning (PBL) philosophy that we harness to ensure that students are learning in a safe and supportive environment.

Primary School Learning
The two phases of primary school (Early Years and Middle/Upper Years) are very similar and the transition between each year level is smoothed by a commitment to school wide teaching practices.  However, the overarching social and educational focus shifts slightly as students progress through the year levels and grow in independence.

Pre-Prep and Early Years (Prep – Year 2):


Our Pre-Prep program - PIPPAS (Parents Involved in Pre Prep Program at School) provides a solid grounding for a successful transition to school and supports both children and their parents as they participate in activities that enhance physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. 

Our Early Years (P-2) programs are based on the development of key speech and language, reading, writing, numeracy and social skills.  In particular, our teachers follow our Early Years Literacy Framework to ensure that foundation skills are taught systematically, explicitly and well.


Years 3 to 6 - Middle and Upper Primary Years:  

To complement their growing skills in literacy and numeracy, the Middle Years at TSSC provides students with challenging learning opportunities that continue to develop key understandings and skills in all subject areas with a focus on developing a sense of community.  We ensure our Middle Years students can successfully transition from “Learning to Read” to “Reading to Learn” by providing daily, intensive reading support. 
Students in the Middle and Upper Years also participate in the ever popular Primary Leadership Program that sees class captains and sports house captains develop leadership skills and take on active representative roles in the school community.