The core curriculum is built around English and Mathematics, Social Science, Science, French, PE, Christian Education (JAM) and the Arts.
The core literacy skills identified in the New Zealand Curriculum of listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing and presenting are fundamental to the Junior School programme. Our Reggio Emilia approach provides opportunities for students to practice these skills in a creative and stimulating environment.
The teaching of Mathematics in the Junior School covers the strands of the New Zealand Curriculum – number and algebra, geometry and measurement and statistics. Students are encouraged to solve problems using a range of strategies every day in real contexts.
Social Sciences expose students to different roles people play across a range of cultures, times and places.
Science teaching is practical and hands on. Is is focused on giving girls many opportunities to investigate and make sense of the world we live in. Girls learn about the importance of science in our daily lives.
The use of digital technology as a tool for learning is integrated into everyday learning programmes at all year levels of the Junior School. This starts with our youngest girls who have access to classroom iPads as a tool to support Reading, Writing, Mathematics and sharing their learning through various apps.
Girls are guided by specialist teachers in all areas of technology learning and explore nine key modules addressing digital citizenship concepts as part of a structured programme.
The Stretch programme enables girls to explore key STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) areas. Units explore context, identify a need or opportunity and promote the design and creation of an outcome to address this need through technological processes.
Art and Drama
Art and Drama are integrated into Reggio investigations and offer students the opportunity to express their understandings in creative ways.
The acquisition of a second language begins in Year 1. French is the target language because it complements our core literacy skills development. Our specialist French teacher provides a sequential language learning programme.
Music classes allow students to express themselves through singing, playing, moving, listening, creating and reading music. Specialist teachers offer practical experiences to facilitate the development of beat, rhythm, pitch, tempo, dynamics, form and style.
Our PE programme is designed to encourage regular physical activity and skills development; it also prepares students for playing sport and for working as part of a team.
Taught by specialist teachers, the PE programme incorporates activities such as small and large ball skills, aquatics, dance and movement, running, jumping and throwing, gymnastics, games and activities from other cultures.
JAM: Jesus and Me
Girls work with a specialist teacher to explore the basis of Christian community through Bible stories and to unpack the meaning of our College motto, By Love Serve, and its importance in our community.