Junior School

Junior School teachers build an engaging learning environment in which students are motivated, energetic learners. The Australian Curriculum is covered in an innovative way, which reflects students’ interests and learning styles. The enthusiasm shown by them in taking risks and having a go is capitalised upon to create a stimulating learning environment.

Learning in the Junior School

Across subjects, teachers embed the General Capabilities, with a particular focus on Literacy and Numeracy. Teachers in the Junior School are trained in Reading to Learn pedagogy. Additionally, the College has a whole school writing program which includes talk homework, on-demand writing, explicit teaching of 12 sentence types and explicit teaching of different paragraph types. Teachers across the Junior School use a common language around writing instruction to enhance the transfer of information across classes.

In the Junior School, teachers follow the Australian Curriculum. Students study the following subjects:

• English – core teacher
• Mathematics –ability grouped.
• Humanities & Social Studies – core teacher
• Science – core teacher
• Religious Education – core teacher
• Health and Physical Education – specialist teacher
• Japanese – specialist teacher
• Music – specialist teacher
• Visual Art – specialist teacher
• Library and iSkills – specialist teacher
• Digital Technology – specialist teacher

The students in the Junior School have a homeroom where they spend most of their classroom time. It is fully air-conditioned and has a refrigerator to store their lunches and drinks. The classrooms are equipped with a range of teaching aids which include laptops, interactive whiteboards, iPads and data projectors. These teaching aids, grouped with direct cable and wireless internet connection, extend the students learning beyond the classroom and out to the World Wide Web.

Ambrose Treacy College recognises a diverse student population and provides an environment where all learners feel safe, valued, and have a sense of belonging. Our Whole School Approach to Inclusion ensures that all students are provided with effective differentiation across all areas of school life – classroom environment, pedagogy, pastoral care, co-curricular and service.

Ambrose Treacy College values and recognises the academic achievements and talents of learners across the Junior School. Through a range of external competitions students challenge and develop their problem-solving skills, create projects and reflect on learning as a team. Within the classroom teachers differentiate learning to ensure all learners are provided with challenge and extending opportunities.

Ambrose Treacy College supports students through:

• Curriculum Release and Support Classes
• Literacy Intervention Programs
• Break out/Chill out spaces
• Social skills programs
• Assistive Technology
• Assessment Adjustments

Enrichment programs include:

• DaVinci Decathlon
• Metropolitan West Maths Teams Challenge
• Mathematics extension classes
• Australian Mathematics competition
• Days of Excellence

Students will be selected to participate in these extension programs, based on his performance in class, as a result of his performance in recent external testing and on teacher recommendation.