The Junior School curriculum is designed to assist young children develop their potential as both people and as learners. We aim to inspire students to be curious about the world in which they live and the living God who created it. Children are challenged to develop skills, knowledge and values which are not only important to becoming competent learners but also to becoming socially aware citizens who know the value of friendship and are able to look beyond just their own needs.
The National curriculum has arrived, and NSW schools are required to introduce English in 2014, Mathematics in 2015 and Science in 2016. At PCS we elected to introduce both English and Mathematics in 2014 and Science in 2015 in the Junior School. To that end staff have been working extremely hard to write curriculum policy that is not only of an excellent standard, but also is challenging and inspiring. To assist with this task a Junior School Curriculum Coordinator was appointed at the start of 2014.
National Curricula have adopted an inquiry based learning style (pedagogy), which involves students doing lots of problem solving, communicating and experimenting. It is very hands-on and interactive, and staff are excited about student learning, as are students engaged in new and challenging ways to learn. This emphasises skills and thinking as much as knowledge, and is a positive way to equip children to be prepared for a society that is changing more rapidly than ever before (21st century learning).