Skills Enrichment

The Compass embedded skills enrichment programs take place over a series of sessions in schools. The skills enrichment aims to support identified students needs within the school, particularly in terms of literacy, numeracy and critical thinking skills.

Activity Name Year Group Broad Aims Description Outcomes

Fine Motor Skills Development (Occupational Therapy)

Location: In school

K-2

Motor skills development

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Basic Skills Development

University of Sydney Occupational Therapy students complete their clinical placement at Compass partner schools, providing practical OT support to students and teachers.

Students:

- improve the motor development skills of primary school students
- raise the awareness of higher education aspiration amongst primary school students
- also provides the opportunity for a paediatrics clinical placement for University of Sydney Occupational Therapy students

Teachers:

- develop an understanding of Occupational Therapy in schools and for their own classroom practice
- provide an opportunity for Professional Development relating to Occupational therapy
- capacity to offer this support to students and their parents in the school environment

Film Production & Editing/Stop Motion Animation

Location: In school, selected schools

3-6
7-10

Academic enrichment - utilising multi media

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Can support numerous KLAs
- Literacy and Numeracy capabilities
- Information and communication technology
- Creative writing
- Critical thinking
- Goal setting
- Questioning and inquiry
- Teamwork

Filmmaker and lecturer from the Sydney College of the Arts mentors  classes weekly for one term and works with students and teacher to make a short, live action or animated film.  The program can take place in one of a range of subjects including English, Photography & Digital Media, Visual Art, History, and also meets ICT and Critical Thinking outcomes.

Students:

- understand the filmmaking process
- become familiar with filmmaking as a career and/or option for further study
- practice narrative development
- use and reflect on individual and collaborative skills for learning
- become familiar with basic editing software and gain an awareness of how editing, transitions and video effects help to communicate a narrative with the audience
- develop and execute a narrative idea through the creation of a basic storyboard, script, character model and synopsis

Teachers:

- develop skills in film making/animation and ICT to use for future classroom projects learn a program model based around student collaboration and teamwork
- feel confident to run a film/animation program that can help meet outcomes within their specific KLA in future

Word Up

Location: In school, selected schools

3-6
7-10

Literacy support

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Role models
- Literacy
- Creative writing
- Critical thinking
- Goal setting

Volunteers from the University of Sydney community (undergraduate students, postgraduate students, staff members and alumni) provide 1-on-1 literacy tutoring using the MultiLit reading tutor program.

Students:

- develop their ability to decode unfamiliar words
- grow their ability to recognise sight words
- advance their fluency in decoding unfamiliar words and recognising sight words
- improve their reading comprehension skills
- develop increased confidence with reading
- understand the connection between compass volunteers and higher education

Numeracy Tutoring

Location: In school, selected schools

7-8

Numeracy support

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Numeracy

Volunteers from the University of Sydney community (undergraduate students, postgraduate students, staff members and alumni) provide 1-on-1 numeracy tutoring using the Elementary Math Mastery program.

Students:

- progress their abilities with regard to the numeracy component of the Australian
- curriculum general capabilities
- improve fluency and automaticity in basic mathematics skills develop increased confidence with mathematics
- understand the connection between compass volunteers and higher education

iScience Program 9-10

STEM Academic Enrichment

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Science, TAS
- Information and communication technology capability
- Literacy and Numeracy
- Questioning and Inquiry
- Teamwork

Students will work in groups to carry out an open ended inquiry focusing on a topic within Biology, Physics and Chemistry, assisted by Faculty of Education Secondary Education (Science) students. They will design, carry out and report on their own researchable question.

Students:

- experience increased interest in and understanding of science
- gain an understanding of the work of scientists and/or how an understanding of science is useful for many careers
- experience an open inquiry process for investigating questions of their own choice

Teachers:

- experience increased confidence, interest and competence in teaching science through inquiry to school students

Homework Club

Location: In school, selected schools

7-10

Homework support

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Literacy and Numeracy
- Creative writing
- Goal setting
- Teamwork

Volunteers from the University of Sydney community (undergraduate students, postgraduate students, staff members and alumni) provide homework help to students once a week in the school library.

Students:

- exhibit improvement in the completion of their homework tasks
- demonstrate increased focus and perseverance with their studies
- develop increased confidence with their schooling
- understand the connection between compass volunteers and higher education