JS Curriculum

The Junior School curriculum takes them on a journey of discovery:

Year 3 focuses on Changes – changes that we see around us, changes in our landscape, changes in the way that we use inventions and technology, and changes in the different ways that cultures celebrate. It is important that children learn to embrace change and look for the positives in it. In doing so, their resilience is strengthened and they are better equipped to deal with the many changes that will occur in their lives.

Year 4 is a year of Exploring – they begin with a look at early explorers and the impact that white settlement had on Indigenous Australians. They will explore the properties of a variety of materials and test them for their different uses. They will look at how our earth has changed over time and the effect of people on the environment. They will also explore the characteristics of individuals who have made a difference, and reflect on their own role in our world. We hope that the children will be encouraged to explore the possibilities that there are, to be open to trying new ideas and finding new and different ways of doing things.

Year 5 looks at Choices – the focus is on learning to make wise choices. The units are based on the topics of Space, the world, the discovery of gold and technology. Along with our privileged position in the world, the students will see that there are choices to be made. They will begin to see that choices have an impact on themselves and others. As they learn more about the world, they will see the importance of wise choices.

Throughout the Junior School, specific lessons on grammar, spelling, writing and mathematics are also taught, to ensure that students have the skills to question, hypothesise, experiment, problem solve and communicate. Our integrated units include elements of Geography, History, Science, Technology, Personal Development and the Arts.

We support our approach to catering for the whole child through a range of programs and strategies such as:

  • Thinking Skills, a program that develops the child’s ability to think critically and creatively as both an individual and as part of a group;
  • Enrichment staff use a holistic approach to support children who are experiencing difficulties;
  • extension work is provided for children excelling in a particular area;
  • music lessons include every child learning the recorder;
  • technology in the classroom and computer laboratories allow each child to develop ICT skills and access information;
  • the librarian and the classroom teachers work together to develop Information Literacy skills.