Junior School Curriculum
At Newhaven College Junior School our Curriculum is designed to lay the foundations for future learning. The Junior School recognises the need to cater for individual differences. As teachers develop their units of work, they incorporate strategies and activities to cater to individual student needs accordingly. Learning experiences for all students are designed to be meaningful, relevant, and challenging. The curriculum caters for a variety of learning styles thus enabling students to reach their potential.
Junior School students are supported in their studies with engaging Promethean interactive whiteboards, classroom computers, iPad Minis and the library computers.
Our Junior School English Curriculum is specifically designed for the needs of the individuals to build their skills in reading, writing, spelling, speaking, and listening. Teachers aim for all students to be fluent, competent readers, writers, and speakers, and this begins from their first year of schooling.
In English sessions students learn to use language effectively, develop skills to form and convey ideas, to inform, to discuss, to persuade, to entertain and to argue. Students realise that different texts are appropriate for different occasions and learn to appreciate the variety of English usage in different times and places. Students learn the grammatical structures of English, learn to spell accurately and use punctuation effectively.
Our Junior School Mathematics Curriculum builds upon the content and skills covered from previous years. Students from Prep are engaged in practical, hands-on activities using concrete materials. As students develop a greater understanding of concepts the focus moves from the concrete to the abstract in preparation for mathematical learning in the future.
Number, space, measurement, and chance and data are natural and common aspects of most people’s mathematical experience in everyday personal, study and work situations. Therefore, it is essential that students develop knowledge and skills that will equip them to function effectively in life, both now and in the future.
Our Junior School Integrated Studies Curriculum includes subjects such as Geography, History, Science, Technology and Health. The integrated curriculum allows students to move across disciplines as they learn about how their world works.
The subjects offer a range of ways for the students to represent how they see and make meaning of the world; this approach allows students to explore topics in more depth. Literacy and numeracy activities are often linked to the topic being studied; classes usually investigate one to two topics per term.
Our Junior School design and Technologies program enables students to become creative and responsive designers. They consider ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors and the economic, environmental and social impacts of technological change. Students consider how the choice and use of technologies contributes to a sustainable future. They develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to become discerning decision-makers.
The Digital Technologies program provides students with practical opportunities to use design thinking and to be innovative developers of digital solutions and knowledge. Students become innovative creators of digital solutions, effective users of digital systems and critical consumers of information conveyed by digital systems.
Our Junior School LOTE Curriculum offers students the opportunity to study Japanese culture and language through a variety of activities. Students learn to use the Roman/Japanese writing system, Romaji, are taught simple greetings and conversation and learn to perform basic counting.
Junior School students learn traditional Japanese songs, crafts such as origami and about the cultural aspects of Japanese life. Students are well equipped with language knowledge and skills at the end of Year 4 to allow them to continue their studies in Middle School.
Presenting & Performing
Junior School students develop confidence and resilience by presenting to, and performing in front of, their peers beginning in Prep. Each class takes turns to host our weekly assembly as well as presenting an informative item that involves public speaking, song, dance and acting to showcase their learning to an audience of their peers and families.
Year 3-4 Junior School students care for our College vegetable garden. Students gain skills in planting, harvesting, composting, and managing the worm farms. Food scraps are collected within the College to significantly reduce the amount of organic waste going into landfill. Students use the worm farm fertiliser to improve the health of the soil and plants.
Student driven, the Drawing Club and Lego Club was formed once a week at lunch time. The Year 4 leaders’ vision was to have 10 students attend the sessions and numbers have been consistently high for the past few years. Year 4 leaders wanted to provide an experience for the students who enjoyed drawing as their passion. The activities are organized by students with teachers supervising the sessions.
The Junior School Dance Club is another extracurricular activity conducted at lunch time. Boys and girls attend the sessions who are ably led by Senior students, both who are passionate about the arts. Research shows that by participating in activities you are passionate about students increase their brain function, helps with their concentration and time management. The more you achieve success through activities you’re passionate about, the more your self-confidence will improve. These activities also provide students another opportunity to expand their friendship groups