Curriculum – Junior School

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Scots is the only school in the Albury-Wodonga region teaching the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) for children aged 3-12. It is the overarching framework, with the Australian Curriculum providing the content in all subject areas.

We support your child to ask why, to ask how – and to discover the answer for themselves.


Core curriculum

Years K-6: English, Mathematics, HS.I.E. (Human Society & Its Environment), Science and Technology


Specialist teacher subjects

Early Stage 1, Stage 1, Stage 2 (Years K-4): Christian, Religion and Values Education (CRAVE), Personal Development & Health, Information Technology, Japanese, Library, Music, Violin, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Pipe Band chanter and drums, Visual Arts, Kitchen Garden.

Stage 3 (Years 5-6): Christian, Religion and Values Education (CRAVE), Design Technology (Year 6 only, one semester), Personal Development & Health, Information Technology, Library, Music, Orchestra Band & Strings Program, Physical Education, Performing Arts, Science, Visual Arts.

Scots also has a bigger range of co-curricular activities than most schools. From performing arts (including Music and theatre) to sport, these activities broaden your child’s opportunities to learn and reach their potential.

Homework
Homework is set on a regular basis for all students in Years 1 to 6.

At Scots we feel that the early development of good time-management skills, working habits and ethics is a vital part of a students’ ability to achieve personal goals.

We endeavour at all times to make homework interesting, consistent and relevant by catering for different learning styles.  For example, in the subject area of Human Society & Its Environment (HSIE), Bloom’s Taxonomy, Howard Gardiner’s Multiple Intelligences and De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats are all used to create assignment grids that are both challenging and engaging for the students.

Project briefs created from these principles are completed within school time, with some additional research and specific aspects of work completed at home.


Reporting to parents
Scots actively encourages and welcomes parents to be involved in their child’s education.

A thorough Reporting to Parents program is in place, which involves:

  • Parent information session (Monday Week 3, Term 1)
  • Parent-teacher interviews (Week 7 Term 1 & Week 3, Term 3)
  • End of semester formal reports.

Parental involvement
We are always delighted to develop and foster open communication and positive relationships between parents and teachers. The triumvirate of parent, student and teacher is of paramount importance to us at Scots.

Parent involvement in the classroom is encouraged in a variety of ways. These include:

  • Listening to reading
  • Numeracy groups
  • Helping with Kitchen Garden
  • Guest speakers, and
  • Attendees on camp or excursions.

Challenge Program (Learning Support)

At Scots, a full-time learning support teacher is allocated to this significant area of educational development. Additional teacher and integration aides are also part of the program, depending on need.

The Challenge Program, incorporating the Bridges Program, the Gifted and Talented Students Program and Tournament of Minds, supports intellectual development across a broad range of the curriculum.

These programs are of varying duration and are conducted either within or outside the classroom environment, depending on the individual students’ needs.

  • The Bridges Program is undertaken individually with students experiencing literacy difficulties.
  • The Gifted and Talented Students Program involves students working in monitored multi-age groups on topics that require advanced cognitive and problem-solving skills.
  • Tournament of Minds is a stimulating enrichment activity requiring a team of seven senior primary students to plan, prepare and deliver, a time-bound response to a hypothetical problem.  Participating students in the tournament have the opportunity to compete in the regional championships.

Previous examples of co-curricular enrichment opportunities are:

  • Mathematics Challenge Day involves talented Year 5 & 6 students completing complex mathematical problems in competition with other local schools.
  • The Victorian Chess Championships provides our students with the opportunity to test themselves against other schools in this traditional game of strategy and skill.
  • Public speaking in Years 3-6 allows each student the opportunity to speak in front of their fellow classmates, building both confidence and invaluable skills. Three students from each year are then chosen to speak in front of an audience and a panel of special adjudicators, one of whom is the Coordinator of English.

 

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