Excitement and wonder characterise the Junior School years: skilled and passionate staff inspire and develop inquisitiveness and curiosity to enable students to build new knowledge and better understand the wider world.
Learning experiences are enhanced by our state-of-the-art Junior School facilities, designed to meet the requirements of primary aged students. Within this supportive and challenging environment, students feel a strong sense of belonging and purpose.
Our lively curriculum is designed to embrace diversity, facilitate key foundation skills, encourage the development of personal spirit and foster active citizenship.
Prep to Year 2
Our Prep classroom is located in a beautiful Edwardian house where the transition from home to school is easy to make. The early years are critical to the foundation of literacy, numeracy, thinking and social skills.
Our curriculum is contemporary and future-focused, with even our youngest girls learning to code with simple robots. Robotics and coding programs increase in rigour and challenge as the girls move through the years in the Junior School.
In small groups and with individual attention, students work from beginning literacy skills to developing fluency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In the development of numeracy, students move from working with concrete materials in mathematics towards more abstract understandings.
Through discussion, role-play and real problem solving, students develop a wide range of thinking strategies and group participation skills.
Students gradually develop independence and responsibility, from carrying their own school bags and being organised for the next day to staying late at the Year 2 ‘Night at School’.
Years 3 & 4
Effective and productive social skills are essential for successful participation in daily life. In the middle years of primary schooling, students become more aware of the needs, views and contributions of others.
Our educational, pastoral care and outdoor education programs aim to:
- enhance the natural development of social skills
- teach resilience
- foster friendship skills
- encourage team spirit
- encourage cooperation
- foster a love of learning.
Positive social and play skills assist students to develop healthy friendships and make effective contributions to group activities. Teachers are aided by excellent resources and materials for extending students’ literacy and numeracy skills.
Years 5 & 6
Learning through leadership
Students in Years 5 and 6 are the leaders of our Junior School and role-models for the younger students. They are given opportunities to be selected as leaders and to be ‘big buddies’ to ELC and lower primary students. All students have the chance to experience elements of leadership including: organisation, public speaking, responsibility and teamwork.
Our approach to learning
With two classes at each year level, students have opportunities to mix with other students and teachers. At this age, students develop an increased awareness of world events and learn to become critical consumers of information.
Reasoning and questioning are fostered by the teaching of thinking skills, honed through discussion, debate, exploration and articulation of viewpoints. Small groups and independent investigations are balanced with larger year level meetings where big ideas are debated and analysed.
Technology in each classroom, including ipads and laptops, is used to enhance learning and independence, whilst robotics and coding become more complex, challenging and rewarding.
Music at Mellor House
Strathcona’s commitment to a rich music program provides all girls with an opportunity to develop the musician within. In addition to co-curricular music activities, classroom based activities include all Year 2 students learning a string instrument and playing in ensembles. Older students can learn a brass, percussion or other instrument and participate in ensembles – the Mellor House String Orchestra, Chamber Strings, Brass Ensemble and Concert Band.
There are choirs for Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. Together with solo musicians, these choirs perform during concerts and soirées, at whole-School events and at community events. Students involved in the co-curricular Speech and Drama program also take part in concerts, soirées and eisteddfods.
Transition to Year 7
While starting a new school at Year 7 can be a challenging time, Mellor House students have the advantage of familiarity with the Senior Campus.
They use Senior Campus facilities each week for:
- physical education
- lunch play
Senior School staff also give regular lessons in:
- Physical Education
During Semester 2, all Year 6 students participate in a transition program including activities in the Year 7 classrooms, Senior Library and the Food Technology area led by the Year 7 Coordinator and Senior School staff.
Overview of Curriculum
- Integrated studies (including Science, Geography, History, Design, Creativity and Technology)
- Thinking skills
- Communication skills
- Information and Communications Technology
- Creating and making art
- Artist in Residence program
- Art displays and exhibitions
- Lunchtime Open Art
- Drama and Dance productions
- Set development
- Appreciating and Responding to Art
- Art extension programs
Being a citizen of the world
- Family Life
- Societies and Culture
- Politics and Government
- Civics and Citizenship
- Australia as a nation
- Local Community
- Global Community
- Christian Education
- Social service
- Social justice
- Interpersonal skills
- Goal setting and reflections
- Musical productions and performances
- Creating and making music
- Appreciating and responding to music
- Instrumental Concerts
- Choirs (Pre-Prep – 2, Years 3 & 4, Year 5, Year 6 and an auditioned choir)
- AMEB Examinations
- Chamber Strings
- Junior Strings
- String instrumental tuition (Year 2)
- Brass instrumental tuition
- Beginner Strings
- Advanced study
- Italian (Prep & Year 1)
- Mandarin (Years 2 & 3)
- French (Years 4, 5 & 6)
- Year 11/Prep, Yr 1 and Yr 2 Big Sister/Little Sister Program
- Year 5/Prep
- Year 6/younger classes
- Year 4/ELC
- Physical Education
- Perceptual Motor Program
- Inter-House and Inter-School competitions
- PE Skill lessons