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Junior School Curriculum

The curriculum offered in the Junior School 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. 

Assessment plays an essential role in our curriculum development. Teachers conduct regular assessment tasks to ensure that both the content and delivery of the curriculum is appropriate for individual students. Students are assessed prior to, during and at the end of units of work. Students are powerful learners who must be actively engaged in the learning process. Through the inquiry learning approach offered in the Junior School, we challenge students to be active inquirers rather than passive absorbers of facts and knowledge. Through actively taking part in their learning, students are involved in the construction of knowledge. Inquiry learning and active involvement can lead to important outcomes in the classroom.
Parent-teacher interviews are conducted at the end of Term 1 and the beginning of Term 3. At these interviews parents can discuss the progress of their child with the teacher and look at samples of work. Continuous Reporting is provided frequently during each term. Pastoral comments are given at the end of Terms 2 and 4. Students also bring home a portfolio of work samples at the end of each semester.

Newhaven College 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.