curriculum

Junior School
 
prospectus

reception – year 6

At Mount Compass Area School we merge the different phases of education with a seamless transition from Reception through to Year 12.

We:

  • Use a play-based learning approach to support Early Years learners.
  • Create a warm, supportive and secure learning environment in which students take risks to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • Create a culture of lifelong learning.
  • Provide an integrated curriculum which fosters independent thinking, problem solving skills, creativity, self management, teamwork and social competence.
  • Encourage students to recognise and develop their individual skills, interests and strengths through participation in a wide variety of activities outside the classroom, and through a range of teaching approaches.
Respect, participate, achieve

The Junior School builds on the foundation laid in the child’s first five years – at home, childcare and preschool.

Every child is encouraged to develop knowledge and skills at a rate appropriate to their level of maturation in all learning and teaching situations. The aim is to keep motivation high, embrace failure as a learning opportunity and not intervening too quickly in providing correct information but, alternatively, to provoke children to think more deeply or from another perspective.

WRAP

A WRITING APPROACH TO READING

The relationship between speaking, writing and reading is developed by children understanding the purpose of each task and how they will be able to use each skill.
Learning to read is the most important educational outcome of primary education [Literacy Secretariat]
In order to read English, individuals need to have a broad vocabulary and knowledge of language structure. The complexity of the reading process begins with the faculty of oral language. Repeated exposure to new words through conversation, by listening to reading, actual reading and through the media provide the basis of our vocabulary.

 

Children who are surrounded by, and included in, rich and increasingly complex conversations, have an overwhelming advantage in vocabulary development. Conversely, beginning readers have a much more difficult time reading words that are not already part of their oral vocabulary. In fact, there is overwhelming evidence that indicates the bottom 25% of students beginning school has 1000 fewer base word meanings than the top 25%. This supports our knowledge of the enormous differences in vocabulary at school entry between students from language enriched environments compared with those from language deprived backgrounds.
In all aspects of early language development the importance of oral language remains essential. It is evident that how well and how quickly a child learns to read common words depends a great deal on how well that child has acquired and practised spoken language. This is supported by our understanding of phonological awareness [the sounds of the language].
More than ever before, the evidence suggests literacy instruction should continue beyond the elementary years and should be tailored to the more complex forms of literacy that are required of adolescent students. A growing research base on adolescent literacy supports an emphasis on direct instruction in the reading and writing skills needed to perform these more complex literacy tasks.

Literacy learning at Mount Compass Area School

WRAP is an integrated and systematic literacy instruction in spelling, writing and reading.
The explicit, systematic instruction in letter-sound knowledge has been demonstrated as the most efficient literacy learning methodology for Reception/Year 1 students. The explicit methodology teaches students how to decode words, comprehend and punctuate the English language whilst learning grammar and vocabulary.
The teaching and learning of WRAP builds on prior learning and no matter who the teacher, or at what year level, the methodology of communication remains the same.
– Kevin Mooney, Principal

Junior School

Student Leaders

Semester 1
Reagan

Reagan, Year 3

ReaganFor what year are you the captain? Year 3
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year Group Captain? Ms Kasprzak

Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain?
 I accepted the nomination because I like helping others.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? It was really exciting.
What are your favourite subjects and why? My favourite subject is Art because I really like painting.
Who is your favourite teacher and why? I like Miss Schahinger because she is nice.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? I like the teachers.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? Yes, because you get to make new friends.
What would I like to see change in the school? I would like to see our school be cleaner, with less swearing and I would also like new gates.

Elise, Year 4

For what year are you the captain? Year 4
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year group Captain? Mr Mooney
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain?
I accepted because I think I was a born leader.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader?
Getting to help others.
What are your favourite subjects and why?
My favourite subject is P.E. because I love sport.
Who is your favourite teacher and why?
Miss Schahinger because she has helped me the most.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
The people here are very social.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why?
Yes, because you would want to be a good leader.

Bodie, Year 5

For what year are you the captain? Year 5
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year group Captain? Mrs Walker
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain?
I accepted because I wanted to lead my class. I was very excited.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader?
Walking up on the stage in front of the whole school at the end of 2017 was really exciting.
What are your favourite subjects and why?
I like Science because we do lots of experiments.
Who is your favourite teacher and why?
Ms DeZilwa because she is very kind and she doesn’t yell.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School?
The education and all the lessons.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why?
Yes, because it is very exciting to lead other people around the school.

Charlie, Year 6

For what year are you the captain? Year 5
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year group Captain? Ms DeZilwa, Mrs Steimanis, Bu Jemma
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted because I wanted to help improve the school and help other people out.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? I felt really happy with myself and very proud.
What are your favourite subjects and why? I like P.E. because I love sports and I also like maths because I like challenging myself.
Who is your favourite teacher and why? Bu Jemma because she teaches us a different language and she is really friendly. I also like Mrs Steimanis because she is really nice and taught me lots and explained tasks really well.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? Everyone looks out for everyone.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? Yes, because it’s a good way to challenge yourself and become an important person in the school.
What would I like to see change in the school? I would change the filtered and refrigerated water fountains in the school and make sure there is a separate sink for washing out paint brushes.

Stirling, Year 3

For what year are you the captain? Year 3
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year Group Captain? Ms Foster
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I wanted to be a captain because I thought it would be a good experience.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? I got to be on a camp and that made me feel good.
What are your favourite subjects and why? I like Art because I like to have fun with drawing pictures and painting. I also like Drama because I get to move around.
Who is your favourite teacher and why? I like Ms Foster because she is nice to me.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? I like the nature and space to run around and the classrooms are really good as well.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? Yes, because I want to make them feel special.

Sienna, Year 4

For what year are you the captain? Year 4
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year Group Captain? Miss Hoeper
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted because I had never done it before and wanted to see what it would be like.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? Being a leader.
What are your favourite subjects and why? I like Art because I do it at home and I love it.
Who is your favourite teacher and why? Miss Hoeper because she is nice.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? The people here are really friendly.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? Yes I would because you get to make new friends.
What would I like to see change in the school? I want to improve the water in the fountains and paint some of the walls.

Hannah, Year 5

For what year are you the captain? Year 5
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year Group Captain? Mrs Walker
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I care about people; I am a good listener and I can talk in front of many people.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? Now I can share my life with others and I love people.
What are your favourite subjects and why? I like Literacy, reading and mainly excursions because they make you learn.
Who is your favourite teacher and why? Mrs Fonfe because she helps people and is everybody’s friend.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? There are hundreds of nice people
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? Yes, because you get to listen to different suggestions.

Hannah, Year 6

For what year are you the captain? Year 6
Which teacher nominated you to be a Year Group Captain? Ms Kasprzak
Why did you accept the nomination to become a Year Group Captain? I accepted because I wanted to help out around the school.
What was the best thing about being chosen as Student Leader? I want it to help me get out of my comfort zone and help me make the school a better place.
What are your favourite subjects and why? I like all subjects as equally as each other.
Who is your favourite teacher and why? I like them all because they want you to do your best and follow your dreams.
What do you love most about Mount Compass Area School? I can make lots of friends because it is a small school.
Would you recommend being a Year Group Captain, why? I would recommend it because you get to do different things.