Transition to Year 5
The Junior School builds on the foundations of the Montessori based Preschool and Early Learning Years (Transition) educational programs. It applies an extended and differentiated curriculum model from Year 1 to Year 5. Curriculum differentiation strategies in our teaching programs, teaching, learning strategies and learning support/learning extension programs allows us to respond to individual difference. The goal of this type of mode is to find the closest, most comfortable fit between the learner and the curriculum. Implicit in our curriculum is the desire to extend students beyond the Northern Territory curriculum. Classes are organised on a year level basis.
The Junior School places great importance on the teaching of numeracy and literacy. We also have a focus at these years on extending students in Science and information literacy.
Music education in the Junior School is by way of a dynamic, quality, instrument and classroom program. Our outstanding music program was recognised in 2006 in the National Review of Music Education when we were identified in the report as an ‘exemplary music school’. Twenty two ‘exemplary music schools’ were identified in the Review. All students explore and experiment with many ways of developing their musicality, through vocalising, moving and dancing, playing, improvising and composing, active listening and talking about music. All students in Years 3 to 5 have the opportunity to participate in our strings program free of charge. This is delivered in small groups as part of the classroom music program at these year levels. Students learn the violin, viola or cello. We encourage students to continue in this free strings program in Years 4 and 5, but also have an optional classroom music program available for students. There is also a strong choral program in the Junior School. Students are encouraged to participate in the various Choirs offered at the Junior School level and a large number of students are involved in Choirs.
In addition to classroom music classes with specialist primary music teachers, there is an instrumental program providing tuition in a range of woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments including piano.
All students in the Junior School complete Physical Education classes weekly with primary trained or experienced Physical Education teachers. A wide range of physical activities are used to assist in each student’s physical and social development with a major emphasis on positive lifestyle attitudes and sportsmanship. Students are introduced to a range of sports and participate in an active House sporting program each term.
Junior School students attend weekly Visual Art classes in the School’s Visual Arts Centre with a primary art teacher. Here the broad Visual Arts program introduces them to a variety of art medium and develops their art skills and knowledge.
All students in the Junior School study Indonesian in the School’s International Studies Centre as part of their normal classroom program. On demand after school language classes in other languages are offered as requested.
All classrooms have access to computers and the internet, and interactive whiteboards. The use of learning technologies is encouraged to enhance learning, allow for a differentiated classroom learning, and to support or extend students as needed.