Junior Curriculum

Our Junior learning programmes place the student in the driving seat of their education. We believe that learning is not something that is done to our students, but something done with our students. This approach nurtures a desire to learn through engaging activities that tackle the big issues our students will face in their lives. As they complete the two year junior learning programme, students will be encouraged to be curious about their learning. Our Learning Model provides a scaffold to help students develop core skills and better understand the content they are exploring, both in and out of class.

Base Camp Classes

The concept of Base Camp study is quite simple. While we recognise that our students live in a rapidly changing world, complete with a mountain of new and ever changing problems, we also recognise that students will be unable to navigate these problems without critical Literacy and Numeracy skills.  


Base Camp classes are smaller single teacher classes that focus on highly contextual and engaging topics while developing our students’ Literacy and Numeracy skills. Students are offered a wide range of contexts to develop their Literacy and Numeracy skills and these contexts change on a regular basis, so students can always find something that interests them. Our teachers use meaningful assessment opportunities in these classes to keep track of each student’s progress and help them develop their core skills (including Literacy and Numeracy). 

 

PODS

PODS are our shortest courses. They are intensive single teacher courses that specialise on a specific part of a Learning Area. PODS are largely driven by interest, but we do have some that all students are required to take over their 2 Year Learning programme. Our PODS change frequently and are largely driven by student voice, so the content never gets old.

MODULES

Modules are our larger, cross-curricular classes. In these spaces, students work with two teachers and engage in learning experiences that will develop a range of core and specialist skills. Working together, students will utilise our Learning Model as they navigate through a truly unique programme that will equip them with the skills and knowledge they will need in life. The content in our Modules is created in collaboration with our community to ensure that the learning that takes place is relevant to the lives of our students. 


The Modules themselves are heavily project based so that our students’ efforts are recognisable and visible for everyone to see. The emphasis on student progress in our Modules transcends the typical focus of the single learning areas. Success and Achievement in our Modules is often more holistic in nature, recognising teamwork, curiosity, empathy, leadership, and critical thinking, as well the traditional knowledge typically associated with each learning area.


Modules run for longer lengths of time than our other courses. This is a deliberate decision to allow these big ideas to germinate and thrive over longer periods in the classroom. Many of the skills mentioned above are not as quickly developed and as such they need to be nurtured for longer to ensure maximum progress is made.