Middle and Upper Primary

Tranby College Junior School Reporting Information Forum

Years 3 - 6

'Building upon Solid Foundations'

"As children grow, their sense of themselves and their world expands. They begin to see themselves as members of larger communities..."

Years 3 to 6 at Tranby College build upon the solid foundations students have established in the Early Learning years. Students are given increased responsibility for managing and organising their learning and continue to develop their work habits. They are encouraged to become more independent with a focus on taking an active role in the learning process. They accept more responsibilities and begin to understand and appreciate different points of view. They also develop their ability to work collaboratively through planned and meaningful activities that require sustained focus, interaction and decision making.

Learning to learn and co-operative learning strategies are used to help develop students' understanding of the learning process. Independence and interdependence are fostered and encouraged as students begin to understand the variety of ways in which we learn. Students develop the ability to think in a more abstract manner and undertake sustained activities for longer periods.

The introduction of Philosophy in 2012 is evidence of the importance Tranby places on students developing a sense of themselves and others. Philosophical enquiry aims to develop a community in which individuals are respected and where exploring different points of view is encouraged. Our belief is that Philosophy will provide students with higher levels of curiosity, collaboration and conversation across all learning areas.

Activities continue to be integrated across the learning areas with a growing emphasis on ICT skills. Students use iPads and laptop computers on a regular basis to enhance their skills and awareness of technology as an effective learning tool. Students also become aware of a wider range of sources of information and continue to develop their research skills.

The use of interactive whiteboards in Years 3, 4 and 5 continue to be a feature of the classrooms. In addition, students in Years 3 and 4 have access to laptops and a bank of iPads. These are used for whole class or small group instruction and enable students to continue to develop their understanding of technology as a powerful learning tool.

Our commitment to 21st Learning is evident as students move to a one-to-one iPad programme in Years 5 and 6. Each student has their own iPad, which enables technology to be integrated across the curriculum. IPads are a portable, flexible learning tool that brings many learning opportunities to life for students.

As in the Early Learning years, students continue to develop a sense of belonging to the College through the use of the 'House System'. Students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of College life and do their best in order to earn points for their House. This process creates a sense of commitment to the school community and prepares students for the variety of leadership opportunities that become available to them in Years 5 and 6.

In Year 5, students become involved in leadership roles in relation to the school 'House System'. For the first time they are able to become House Officials and contribute in an official capacity to school activities. In Year 6, students have opportunities to extend the role and can serve as House Captains. Students in these leadership roles officiate at assemblies and Chapel services, organise and book out equipment from the sports shed, ring the school bell and have a range of other duties and responsibilities.

An integral part of the Music programme in Year 3 is the learning of the violin. Weekly lessons are provided to students with the option of continuing lessons in Year 4 and beyond. Studies have shown that learning the violin tends to improve children's concentration and self-discipline. Students are also able to participate in private instrumental lessons or belong to one of the school choirs. In recent years, students have gained from being part of school performing arts productions and have learned from the challenges and dedication involved in these events. Students have performed in musicals such as 'Peeps', 'Hoodwinked', 'Treasure Island' and 'The Wizard of Oz'.

In addition, as Tranby College is part of the Independent Primary Schools Heads' Association (IPSHA), students continue to be involved in the Art and Crafts Exhibition and Festival of Performing Arts that are each held biennially.

Students also have the opportunity to be involved in a Dancesport programme that has been established at the College for a number of years. Dancesport has proved to be a wonderful opportunity for students to develop co-ordination, fitness and positive social interactions. The many benefits of the programme have been recognised and in 2013, Dancesport has been extended to include students in Pre-Primary through to Year Six.

Throughout the year, students are able to participate in a range of after school activities that are enjoyable and give a holistic approach to their learning. In addition, students compete in interhouse and interschool carnivals and sporting events. Ongoing emphasis on participation, teamwork and enjoyment continue to be encouraged during these years.

Students in Year 6 work in a state of the art learning community that encourages collaboration across all classes. The Year 6 rooms are purpose built and allow for opportunities to work in different spaces for different purposes. The room design and furniture are multifunctional and provide many diverse learning opportunities.

The Year Six camp is one of the highlights for the students and consolidates their understanding of teamwork, consideration and co-operation. It exposes them to a range of outdoor education activities and is an excellent opportunity for students to shine and exhibit leadership skills in another context outside the classroom.

Teachers in the Years Three to Six team deliver quality teaching programmes that recognises the student as an individual, caters to their needs and promotes academic rigor. Teachers work collaboratively and regularly meet to discuss programmes, plan activities and examine resources. Professional development is ongoing and allows them to develop their understanding of the best teaching and learning practices.

Parents continue to play an important role in the ongoing development and education of their child as we prepare them for the challenges and exciting opportunities that will be afforded to them in Middle School and beyond.