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Differentiation

Differentiated learning in the classroom at Scotch Junior School, Year 3 - Year 4

The Middle Primary years are an integral period in a student's progress through Primary school.  At Scotch College Junior School students are supported to make this important transition from the Junior Primary years through classroom teachers' differentiation of learning activities and outcomes to cater for students' individual needs.  Small class sizes enable students and teachers to develop strong working relationships and teachers know students personally and are therefore able to meet their individual learning needs more effectively.

Student learning is frequently undertaken using an inquiry approach and is guided by the Australian Curriculum which provides students with modern and relevant learning content and skills.  Students are supported in their development of basic research skills and a developing ability to synthesize their learning across different learning areas.  Technology is embedded across all curriculum areas through these years through the use of Promethean Activ Boards, iPads and computers, all of which encourages them to develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful 21st century learners.

Students in these years are also given the opportunity to begin developing leadership skills through our Peer Support Program.  This program sees students work with younger children from the Early Learning Centre and Reception to learn and practise social skills.  This is an important step for students in their journey towards the Upper Primary years and Middle School.

Differentiated and social learning at Scotch Junior School, Year 5 - Year 6

By the time they reach the Upper Primary years, students are ready to take on more responsibility and this is encouraged at Scotch College Junior School.  To support them as they prepare for the transition to the Middle School, teachers work with students to encourage skills such as independence, self-discipline, leadership and time management skills.  Students are supported to guide their own individualised learning more through differentiated teaching programs and a continued focus on inquiry based learning as an essential learning approach.  With small class sizes, teachers are able to cater for individuals' learning needs and to assist them to develop these skills at their own rate.  Leadership is encouraged and taught explicitly, particularly at Year 6.  All students have the opportunity to practise leadership through the Peer Support Program, where they work with students in Years 1 and 2.

Student learning is guided by the Australian Curriculum which provides students with modern and relevant learning content and skills.  Students are supported to further develop their research skills and to synthesize their learning across different learning areas and social situations.  Technology use is embedded across the curriculum in their learning through these years and the use of iPads and computers is driven by the students who are able to work with their teacher to decide on the technologies which most suit their projects and learning outcomes.  By encouraging our students to take ownership of their own learning, Scotch College Junior School strives to develop our Upper Primary students to excel as 21st century learners and citizens.

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