Junior School

Class Organisation

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Junior School classes are of mixed ability and formed to ensure each student has peers of like ability and interests to enable her to collaborate effectively and purposefully. We cluster group students to ensure they have peers in classes with whom collaboration will be effective and purposeful. This enables each student to achieve her full potential. Students have learning activities that challenge, and are appropriate to the learning needs of the individual.

The number of classes increases as the Year Groups progress. The class teacher differentiates and integrates the English, Mathematics, Science and Technology, and History and Geography curriculum. Students work in class units, ability and mixed ability groups, and as individuals.

An explicit Thinking Skills program, designed to develop each student’s analytical and deductive thinking skills, underpins the curriculum.

The Learning Enrichment Department and teacher’s aide, assist class teachers to ensure that each student is developing a deep understanding of the learning content and processes.

Specialist teachers in Music, Visual Arts, Personal Development Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), Technology, Speech, Languages, Religious Education, Technical and Applied Studies, Dance and Drama, work closely with class teachers to develop an in-depth knowledge of each student.

The Wellbeing Program is organised on an individual class basis, as Year and Stage groups and across the entire Junior School. Programs covered include Bounce Back, Better Buddy and Peer Support.

Classes may be organised for learning activities as a whole class, collaborative group tasks, cooperative group work or individual work.