Junior School | Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School

Junior School

Ivanhoe Girls’ Junior School provides a wonderful environment for learning, in which we strive to enable every student to become a confident, resilient, resourceful and independent learner.

The early years of primary school build solid foundations for later learning with an emphasis on mastery of basic skills of numeracy and literacy as well as developing cultural understanding, problem solving and personal and interpersonal skills. The middle years of schooling are concurrent with the onset of adolescence. It is very important that students develop an awareness of themselves and appreciation of others.

Our students are encouraged to 'speak for themselves'. Students perform at assemblies, church services, music performances and public speaking events. Every student also has the opportunity to hold a leadership position in their time at Junior School and is empowered to have a voice in their class, house, the Library or as a Social Service Leader. Year 6 students focus on leadership and act as role models to younger students.

The Junior School teaching and professional staff are sensitive to the girls’ individual needs, and values and attitudes are taught at School as well as skills and knowledge.

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Curriculum

English

Our English program is designed to develop the ability to speak, listen, read, view and write with enjoyment, purpose and confidence in a wide range of contexts. Girls are taught the skills to speak with confidence in a variety of formal and informal situations from morning news to public speaking, and to listen to others and consider their viewpoints. 

In reading, we endeavour to individualise the teaching, with small focus groups and constant monitoring of progress. In writing, the girls are given opportunities to draft and publish a variety of forms such as reports, narrative, explanation, poetry and recounts. We offer Prep parents a literacy training program to enhance their understanding of this wonderful and complex evolution of skills.

Mathematics

Students in Prep - Year 6 benefit from the Early Years Numeracy model whereby student progress is closely monitored on an ongoing basis and teaching is planned according to individual needs. Students are encouraged to explain their mathematical thinking and strategies as a way of enhancing their understanding of taught concepts. Skill practice is an important part of the early years of mathematics as foundation concepts are developed. Problem solving experiences are essential as they provide diverse, open-ended real life problems at various levels of difficulty.

Individual Differences

In catering for individual needs beyond the classroom in English and Maths, classroom teachers are supported by the Individual Differences teachers who work with them to help support and enrich girls who are clearly performing at different levels. They work with small groups of girls and individuals to target learning needs and strengths. This includes the Reading Recovery program at Year 1.

Integrated Learning

There is so much to learn and so many ways in which to learn. Using an Inquiry Learning approach, it is possible to make connections between many curriculum areas including Science, Health and Studies of Society, which stimulate interest and maintain motivation. All classes in Junior School plan in this way. Thinking Skills can be taught and learned and they are incorporated into classes and subjects.

Specialist classes

  • Physical Education offers sequential skill development in games, swimming, movement, fitness, ball skills, athletics, gymnastics, skipping and dance. Sport is based on participation with abundant opportunities for competition from district to State levels. Outdoor Education (from Years 3 – 6) provides opportunities for girls to take on challenges beyond School.
  • Visual Arts involves a rich variety of media and making links to the world around them.
  • Music lessons address the skills of singing, reading, writing and playing music.
  • French lessons take an innovative approach supported by gestures, music, literature and drama.
  • Library lessons provide an enriching study of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as developing in students the skills to find and use information effectively.
  • RAVE: Religious and Values Education encompasses Bible stories, world religions and ethics.

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Facilities

The classrooms for girls from Prep to Year 6 are in renovated Federation houses set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Each unique classroom is fully equipped with interactive whiteboards and appropriate ICT access and facilities.

Junior School students have access to a wide range of specialist facilities including:

  • the junior area of the Library, with outstanding resources, research zone, quiet reading zones and teaching spaces
  • computer laboratories, in addition to the desktop computers, laptops and tablets in their classrooms
  • music facilities, including performing arts spaces, teaching and instrumental music rooms in our Performing Arts Centre
  • art facilities, specifically tailored to junior students in our Hillsley Visual Arts and Hospitality Complex
  • pool and gymnasium in the Shilliday Physical Education Centre and Perceptual Motor Program classes held in the Hillsley Complex multipurpose room
  • an all-weather synthetic outdoor sports field, comprising netball courts, tennis courts as well as facilities for athletics and hockey together with the Hillsley multipurpose room, enabling students to participate in outdoor activities under a wide range of weather conditions.

Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School

123 Marshall Street
Ivanhoe Victoria 3079
Australia

Telephone: + 61 3 9490 6222
Facsimile: + 61 3 9490 6200
Email: iggs@ivanhoegirls.vic.edu.au
ABN 77 004 098 748
CRICOS 00974A