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Grades 1/2 – Junior School

Curriculum in the Junior School

As students move through Grades 1 and 2, our main learning goals are to promote independent learning and encourage individual responsibility.

In order to build independence and confidence, Grades 1 and 2 students are expected to take part in regular school routines.  Students are engaged in small group and class activities to aid in developing positive social relationships in order to achieve goals collaboratively. They make mistakes and learn from them; experience opportunities to solve conflicts for themselves; and develop problem-solving skills to become independent and, most importantly, resilient.  Students are encouraged to demonstrate the school values Рhonesty, responsibility, curiosity, respect and confidence Рin all aspects of their learning.

Parents can assist in encouraging student independence by following the motto ‘Never do for children what they can do for themselves!’.¬† Such activities can include:

  • packing and unpacking their own school bags;
  • returning and changing home readers every day;
  • assuming class roles and responsibilities;
  • accepting and taking responsibility for practising spelling words and completing nightly reading;
  • taking care of their own belongings; and
  • passing on important notes and information to teachers and parents.

Highlights of Grades 1 and 2

  • Swimming Program in Term 4
  • Grade 2 Sleepover in Term 4
  • Excursions and incursions
  • Celebration Days related to Inquiry Units
  • Reading Recovery Program for eligible students in Grade 1
  • Parent helpers for reading and spelling
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