Junior School Curriculum
Our Curriculum is designed to lay the foundations for future learning. 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 enabling students to reach their potential. Students are supported in their studies with engaging Promethean interactive whiteboards, classroom computers, iPad Minis and the library computers.
English - The 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.
Mathematics - The 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.
Integrated Studies - The Integrated Studies Curriculum includes subjects such as Geography, History, Science, Technology and Health allowing 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.
STEM - Our Design and Technology program enables students to become creative and responsive designers. They consider ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors and the economic, environmental, social impacts of technological change and how the choice and use of technologies contributes to a sustainable future. The Digital Technologies program provides students with practical opportunities to use design thinking and to be innovative developers of digital solutions and knowledge.
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.
Japanese - Our 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, learn basic counting, traditional songs, crafts such as origami and about the cultural aspects of Japanese life. Students are well equipped at the end of Year 4 to allow them to continue their studies in Middle School.
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.
Drawing & Lego Clubs - 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.
Dance Club - The Dance Club is another extracurricular activity conducted at lunch time. Students attend the sessions who are ably led by Senior students, who are passionate about the arts. These activities also provide students another opportunity to expand their friendship groups