Junior School

Curriculum

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At Ravenswood, our focus on the individual ensures that every student is educated to her full potential at every stage of her learning journey.

The Junior School curriculum integrates the six Key Learning Areas (KLA):

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology
  • Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
  • Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
  • Creative Arts and Practical Arts.

The Junior School Academic Model involves the core subjects of Literacy (English), Numeracy (Mathematics), Science and Technology, and History and Geography (HSIE). These are differentiated and integrated to cater for the needs of each student by modifying the pace, level and content of teaching, learning and assessment activities.

Specialist teachers provide expertise in:

  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • PDHPE
  • Technology
  • Speech - K–2
  • Languages - French - K–6 and Chinese (Mandarin) - Years 5–6
  • Religious Education
  • Technical and Applied Studies - Years 5–6.

English (Literacy)

English is taught with a focus on reading comprehension, writing, spelling, speaking and listening, grammar and punctuation. Reading fluency, phonics and comprehension form a vital part of the Early Years program.

Literature study enables students to develop their analytical and deductive thinking skills. Communicating verbally and in written form is encouraged and complemented with technology. Our goal is for our students to communicate effectively, use expressive language, and become expert communicators and seekers of knowledge.

Mathematics (Numeracy)

Mathematics provides students with the knowledge and skills to problem solve, reason, make informed decisions and interpret data. Students work in groups and independently, use hands-on equipment and digital technology. Individualised tasks are designed to ensure deep understanding of concepts, and daily practice and challenging learning ensures our students are strong mathematicians.

Science and Technology

Through exploration, hands-on Science, Science Labs (in Years 5–6) and the Scientist in Residence program, students are challenged to seek solutions to problems, develop methodology and look at the processes of science, whilst thinking and working scientifically.

Technology is integrated into all learning environments through wireless network access, interactive SMART Boards, desktop and laptop computers and iPads. Students in K–2 utilise iPads as part of their learning, whilst students in Years 3–4 enjoy access to dedicated laptops. A school-owned 1:1 Device program is operated in Years 5–6.

History and Geography (Human Society and its Environment)

History and Geography is implemented as a disciplined process of inquiry from Kindergarten and investigates the actions, motives and lifestyles of people over time, expanding to national and world history contexts.

Students learn about the physical, man-made and natural world. Younger students discover their school and the environment, building to study about life and culture and the political structure of Australia, with a focus on developing an Aboriginal perspective.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)

PDHPE is one of the six Key Learning Areas and is directly concerned with supporting the development of the student as a whole person. Junior School lessons are taught by specialised PDHPE teachers.

Creative Arts and Practical Arts

Music lessons and programs are designed to develop a range of skills in playing, listening and music appreciation. Programs include Year Group choirs and instrumental ensembles.

Dance provides the opportunity to explore creativity through movement. Students are taught basic movement through various dance styles and experience compositional elements and performance techniques.

Drama encourages students to be creative and imaginative in a supportive environment and to build confidence through exploring various acting techniques.

Visual Arts provides opportunities for students to be exposed to a range of design-and-make tasks, which focuses on creativity, technical skill development and critical investigation.

Music, Dance, Drama and Visual Arts are also offered as co-curricular activities.

Languages

French is studied from K–4, with Years 5–6 selecting either French or Chinese (Mandarin). The Languages program is designed as an immersion into language and culture, through the celebration of French and Chinese festivals, language days and theatrical performances.