Higher Order Thinking Skills
HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills program) provides a withdrawal program for students in Years 2 - 6 who have scored highly in the ACER General Ability Test (AGAT) as well as showing high scores in the Acer PAT Mathematics and Reading tests. Other tests, such as Psychologist reports and other one to one administered tests, are also taken into consideration on an individual basis, according to the students need.
This program provides greater depth and challenge to students by offering ‘extension’ and giving them additional or higher order thinking tasks with a multidisciplinary focus on creative and critical thinking skills. There is also a strong focus on catering for the socio-emotional needs that are unique to gifted children.
In addition to the in-school program, external opportunities such the SciTech Challenge Day, Academic All Stars Competitions, Robotics competitions and soon to come, Tournament of Minds, add to the experience and development of these students thinking skills in a variety of scenarios. These opportunities are also offered to members of the general student body whose strengths lie in specific areas.
This diverse, challenging and differentiated program enables students to progress beyond standard curriculum requirements, so as to take risks and build knowledge and skills in a safe and flexible context.