Prep students are encouraged to develop their independence skills and learn how to be a ‘learner’ in the Junior School. A key focus in Prep is promoting and developing students oral language which forms the basis of their beginning, reading and writing skills. Students learn from the Australian Curriculum subjects and learn through relevant, fun and hands on investigations and learning in English, Maths, Science, Humanities (History and Geography) and Health. Students also participate in weekly Art, Music, Physical Education and Swimming lessons which further assist in the development of their fine motor skills, gross motor skills and their creativity. In Prep students develop their social and personal skills and learn how to play cooperatively, take turns, share and resolve peer conflict. Students are given scheduled sessions each day that are dedicated ‘play’ times where students can practice these skills and be creative using their own ideas. The promotion and development of students’ fine and gross motor skills are important.
In Grade 1 students build on their oral language skills learnt in Prep and became more confident and capable beginning readers and writers.They are encouraged to further develop their social and emotional skills and learn how to be a positive friend and a positive contributor to their own learning and the learning of their peers. Students investigate units of work and take part in hands on investigations from the Australian Curriculum subjects in English, Maths, Science, Humanities (History and Geography) and Health. Students are introduced to project based learning and develop beginning research skills in Science. They work with peers, in small groups and independently to investigate the world around them. Students are motivated to use ICT’s in their learning and record their learning in Google classrooms and use various online learning tools to assist in the development of their knowledge and skills.
Grade 2 and 3
In Grade 2 and 3 at AIS, students build on the foundations of learning from Prep and Grade 1. The children are encouraged to develop their independence and take more responsibility for their learning. Literacy and Numeracy continue to be a major focus and more complex and abstract concepts are introduced to the students. Collaborative teamwork and hands on activities are used regularly in all areas of the Australian Curriculum. There is a focus on developing the student’s confidence through oral and written language so children can make the shift from learning to read to reading to learn. The key learning areas of History, Health and Science cover purposeful and relevant experiences which relate to the children’s lives. ICT is used within the classroom to complement and extend.
Grade 4 and 5
In Grade 4 and 5 we continue to build on students’ independent learning skills. Using higher order thinking techniques, students apply knowledge and understanding across all subject areas, as well as develop problem solving skills to use in new situations. In order to prepare students for life in the Middle School; self management of homework, assessment and accountability for learning tools are a focal point. There is a strong use of ICTs and Google classroom as a learning platform in class and at home.
Literacy and Numeracy continue to focus on complex and abstract concepts. The study of History, sees students moving from learning about themselves and their immediate surroundings, to learning about the impacts of historical events in local and global communities. In Science, there is a shift in the use of technical components. Students begin to be exposed to the use of Science Laboratories throughout the year to conduct and write about fair tests and experiments. As they begin to mature into young adults, Health subjects cover the concepts of how to look after not only oneself, but their wider community. Students are also given opportunities for a variety of leadership positions, including Student Council Representatives, as well as Junior School Captains and House Captains in Grade 5. The learning that comes along with these processes are life long skills that can be taken with them into their adult lives.