GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION

Riverton Primary Campus is piloting a Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model (Winebrenner & Brulles, 2012) and Cluster grouping occurs when a group of gifted students is placed with groups of other students in a mixed-ability classroom. Years 2-6 each have a Gifted Cluster Class that is taught by a teacher who has a special interest and is upskilling in, the area of gifted education. Riverton Primary Campus challenges our identified Gifted Students and improves achievement for all by modifying pace of learning, the complexity of tasks, providing differentiation across the curriculum (based on Carol Ann Tomlinson’s model) and the use of Kath Murdoch’s inquiry model. Our aim is to meet the intellectual, social and emotional needs of identified Gifted and Talented students, with differentiated instruction and opportunities to interact with their mixed ability age peers working collaboratively and independently. The School Wide Cluster Model Cluster is used in conjunction with differentiation across classes and all teaching staff are expected to provide a differentiated program for students that supports high levels of engagement and motivation. The School Wide Cluster Model provides full time provision for our Gifted and Talented students.

 

School of Instrumental Music (SIM) Program

One of the unique and highly regarded programs for students in public schools is the instrumental music program which is run in schools through Instrumental Music School Services. Selection into this program is based on musical aptitude testing and other criteria, and if your child is selected, this outstanding program will take your child’s love of music to the next level. They will receive free instrumental tuition and the opportunity to participate in a range of music enrichment activities. The teaching standard is extremely high. As well as having a passion for music, instrumental teachers are qualified musicians and registered teachers. They work with more than 400 primary and secondary schools across Western Australia, teaching students from Years 3 to 12.

Classes are generally scheduled in school time. Students are taught in small groups, usually on the same instrument, and go on to join mixed instrumental groups and bands when they are considered ready by their instrumental music teachers.

Instruments offered at Riverton Primary Campus include brass (trumpet, trombone and baritone), cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, violin and viola. Students can continue the program in secondary schools.

 

Further information

Instrumental Music School Services

T: 9272 7800

W: det.wa.edu.au/imss

 

Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) Program

Primary Extension and Challenge (PEAC) is a part-time program for public school children in Years 5 and 6. Children are tested in Year 4 and are selected to participate in a range of innovative and challenging programs offered in a variety of ways. Children are withdrawn from regular class to attend PEAC programs. Students

PEAC programs offer children:

the opportunity to socially interact with other gifted and talented children

an intellectually rigorous and challenging program

opportunities to interact with practising experts

the opportunity to develop higher order process skills and in-depth investigation skills

the opportunity to work on open-ended activities which encourage choice and negotiation

self/peer evaluation and reflection of performance.

 

Process of Selection

Children are tested in Year 4 with results determining entry.

 

If you have any further queries about this program, please visit:

 

http://www.det.wa.edu.au/curriculumsupport/giftedandtalented/detcms/navigation/parents/