Students with High Intellectual Potential (SHIP)

Thinking Skills Curriculum

Grange Primary School recognises that students who possess exceptional and unique abilities, talents and interests:

  • learn at a pace and depth that sets them apart from their age peers; and
    require modifications to their teaching and learning experiences so that they become confident, independent and self-directed learners.

Gifted students are identified as a result of observations and information from a range of sources.
Formal strategies may include:

  • Psychologists’ reports
  • Standard Progressive Matrices
  • Slosson IQ test
  • Achievement tests (including Naplan results)

Informal strategies may include:

  • Teacher observations and anecdotal notes
  • Checklists of traits and characteristics
  • Cumulative school history
  • Interviews
  • Competition results
  • Nomination forms

Differentiation programmes are negotiated and based on individual student’s needs and may include:

  • Early entry
  • Year level acceleration
  • Subject acceleration
  • Working with a mentor/LAP
  • Enrichment /extension programmes including work at Seaton High School
  • Individual contracts
  • Higher Order Thinking Strategies integrated in classroom programmes
  • Competitions such as Tournament of the Minds, Oliphant Science Awards, ICAS, Future Problem Solving, Math Olympiad, Poetry.
  • Higher Order Thinking Skills

Staff at Grange Primary School acknowledge that all students benefit from learning experiences that develop their creative problem solving and critical thinking skills, reasoning ability, and
skills in decision-making and communication.

All students are offered teaching and learning programmes which integrate a range of Higher Order Thinking Skills including:

  • De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats
  • Graphic organisers such as The Fishbone and Consequence Wheel
    Compass Rose
  • PMI (Pluses/Minuses/Interesting)
  • Moral Dilemmas
  • Staff Professional Development

Grange Primary School teachers actively engage in on-going professional learning and training about:

  • the characteristics and needs of gifted students identification processes
  • appropriate instructional strategies to use in the classroom, within each school and across the Cluster
  • integration of higher order thinking skills across curricular areas.

**Established in 2001, the Tangara SHIP Cluster consists of four schools in the western suburbs of Adelaide in South Australia. The membership schools are: Hendon Primary School (Preschool – Year 7), Grange Primary School (Reception – Year 7), West Lakes Shore Primary School (Reception – Year 7) and Seaton High School (Year 8 – Year 12).

Download Gifted Learners Policy
Download Thinking Skills Policy