Junior School (Years 1 & 2)
Mathematics is divided into the following areas: Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
Each week 6 /50minute sessions are allocated to mathematics. At this stage of development, children are encouraged to use concrete materials to assist their understanding. They begin to develop mental strategies for mathematical operations and problem solving. They are encouraged to use more than one strategy when solving open ended tasks.
English is divided into the following areas: Reading and Viewing, Writing and Speaking and Listening.
Reading and Viewing
During the daily literacy block children are exposed to a wide variety of texts- fiction and non-fiction and where possible related to the integrated studies topic. They work in small groups to focus on specific aspects of the text and their learning needs.
It is expected that children write every day. They explore a variety of writing genre and are encouraged to develop their ideas through discussion and planning. Editing, revising and publishing are the final aspects of the writing process.
Spelling is taught both explicitly and as part of the writing process. Children will create lists of personal spelling words and also learn about the different sounds and word patterns. There is an emphasis on developing spelling strategies to help solve unknown words.
Speaking and Listening
Children will have the opportunity to speak in formal and informal settings. This might be in small groups, whole class or even a larger school audience.
Inquiry topics cover aspects Health, Science, Technology, Sustainability, History and Geography. Excursions are generally planned to support the Inquiry topic.
During the year students will study English, Mathematics, and Integrated Studies, which incorporates Science and History. Of equal importance is developing both personal and interpersonal skills. Specialist subjects include PE, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, French and Library studies. ICT skills are developed through all learning.
Children have the opportunity to change their books each day at school and are encouraged to read daily at home. This daily practice is invaluable and is a positive experience for both parent and child.
Reading at home aloud for 15minutes each night is a component of Level 2 homework along with personal spelling.
Teachers have a variety of assessment tools when assessing student learning. English and Maths are assessed on a regular basis both formally and informally.
Parents are welcome to assist in English, Mathematics, Inquiry learning and during excursions. To assist in reading or maths parents are strongly encouraged to attend the “Parent Helper Information Sessions.” Parents are also expected to have a “Working with Children Certificate”.