With a strong focus on the future, our Junior School curriculum is continually evolving.
These vital years are when the girls develop a concept of themselves as learners, and the foundations are laid for all future learning.
We have embraced innovative approaches to education, bringing our curriculum more in line with current research and best practices for a 21st century education. Designing a more fluid curriculum that puts greater emphasis on student-centred initiatives and digital tools, we are committed to selecting innovative ways to leverage the many resources and partnerships available to us.
Our teachers provide each student with a rich learning experience that is dynamic, girl-focused, and student-driven. This doesn’t just benefit our students. It also attracts inquisitive and passionate educators. Teachers come to Ormiston to get to the heart of innovative teaching, and because of this, our teachers are creators, innovators, and learners.
From Early Learning to Year 6, we are committed to cultivating a passion for learning, helping our girls find opportunities to discover her personal best and creative endeavours, whatever they may be.
In the Early Learning Centre, our aim is to build deep foundations that provide a basis for lifelong learning.
We have a holistic approach to teaching and learning and encourage the growth and development of the whole child – social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual.
Learning is promoted through meaningful and challenging experiences and interactions in play. We want to instil a love of learning in each child and value, foster and celebrate the dispositions for learning, such as curiosity, imagination, persistence, innovation, resourcefulness, commitment, confidence, reflection, enthusiasm, collaboration, resilience, concentration and creativity.
Children are encouraged to participate in experiences that provide opportunities for them to question, wonder, inquire, problem solve and explore so they can develop effective thinking skills and form deeper understandings.
We recognise that the learning of literacy and numeracy concepts occurs in a social context of interaction and conversation. In line with our holistic approach to teaching and learning, we embed literacy and numeracy experiences into our everyday program.
Foundation – Year 2
Developing the key building blocks for learning, is the primary focus in our early years.
Literacy and Numeracy is designed to be joyful and rigorous. A rich variety of language experiences kindle the girls’ enthusiasm for reading and writing, across the curriculum. Students participate in daily shared reading, play word games, use digital tools, develop their fine motor skills, and engage in imaginative play to bolster fundamental comprehension and communication skills. In Numeracy, they learn to understand numbers, to observe patterns and experience real world mathematics. Counting games, concrete materials and discussion help to develop number fluency, which is a cornerstone of a strong mathematical understanding.
A clear structure for each day and habitual routines, create a rhythm to the day and we believe this creates a sense of safety and security for our young students. We encourage our girls in the early years to develop an increased sense of responsibility by carrying her own school bag, choosing her own take home books, helping to unpack her bag after school and sharing her learning through her portfolio.
Years 3 – 6
The scope and breadth of learning opportunities in extensive.
In addition to the core subject areas of literacy and numeracy, our girls delve into areas of science, design, technology and coding. We utilise a wide suite of digital tools, which are used creatively and purposefully to leverage thinking and communication skills.
In these older year levels, students transition from learning to read, to reading to learn.
Comprehension skills become more complex as the students explore character development, authors purpose, storylines and more complex vocabulary. The students develop strategies to facilitate summarising, synthesising, analysing and interpreting. All of these skills aim to help our girls to learn how to develop inferential thinking skills and draw more meaningful assumptions from literature.
Numeracy is contextualised in real world settings and we strive to provide experiences which really stretch our students thinking and understanding of concepts.
All of our students, from Early Learning to Year 6 participate in specialist subjects throughout their school days.
We offer Art, Library, LOTE, Physical Education, Music, Choral Choirs and Instrumental groups.
Full STEAM Ahead Program
All year levels participate in a range of short courses exploring the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) fields of study. The girls have the opportunity to become creative and responsive designers, explore different materials and technologies and manage projects independently and collaboratively from conception to realisation. There is a very strong focus on coding, programming and robotics.
Inquiry Based Learning
The questions young people ask remind us that the search for meaning is fundamental to what it is to be human. The urge to inquire activates thinking on many levels and in many forms. When we seek to make sense of the world around us, we wonder, we plan, we analyse, we create, we reflect. At its very heart, inquiry based learning is all about thinking – thinking in order to make meaning.
From Early Learning to Year 6, all our students inquire into big questions and ideas. These inquiries are continually evolving in order to stay relevant to the lives of our girls. These rich questions open the opportunity to make meaningful links across the curriculum, which is often seen in literacy and numeracy. Some examples of our inquiries are:
How and Why Do We Share Our Stories?
Where Does it Come From and Where Does it Go?
Why is Water Important?
What Can We Learn, from Walking with the Wurundjeri?
What is Our responsibility?
What Makes Me, Me?
How Do You Bring Big Ideas to Life?