Junior Years

Years 3 - 6

"As children grow, their sense of themselves and their world expands. They begin to see themselves as members of larger communities..."

Years 3 to 6 at Tranby College build upon the solid foundations students have established in the Early Learning years. Students are given increased responsibility for managing and organising their learning and continue to develop their work habits. They are encouraged to become more independent with a focus on taking an active role in the learning process. They accept more responsibilities and begin to understand and appreciate different points of view. They also develop their ability to work collaboratively through planned and meaningful activities that require sustained focus, interaction and decision making.

Learning to learn and co-operative learning strategies are used to help develop students' understanding of the learning process. Independence and interdependence are fostered and encouraged as students begin to understand the variety of ways in which we learn. Students develop the ability to think in a more abstract manner and undertake sustained activities for longer periods. Activities continue to be integrated across the learning areas with a growing emphasis on ICT skills.

As in the Early Learning years, students continue to develop a sense of belonging to the College through the use of the 'House System'. Students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of College life and do their best in order to earn points for their House. This process creates a sense of commitment to the school community and prepares students for the variety of leadership opportunities that become available to them in Years 5 and 6.

The Arts program in Years 3 to 6 provides a wide range of activities and opportunities for the students. An integral part of the Music programme in Year 3 is the learning of the violin. Weekly lessons are provided to students with the option of continuing lessons in Year 4 and beyond. Students in Years 5 and 6 have gained from being part of school performing arts productions and have learned from the challenges and dedication involved in these events. In addition, students are involved in Arts and Crafts exhibitions in the local community as well as exhibitions through the Independent Primary Schools Head's Association (IPSHA).

Students also have the opportunity to be involved in a Dancesport programme that has been established at the College for a number of years. Dancesport has proved to be a wonderful opportunity for students to develop co-ordination, fitness and positive social interactions. The many benefits of the programme have been recognised and since 2013, Dancesport has been extended to include students in Pre-Primary through to Year 6.

Throughout the year, students are able to participate in a range of after school activities that are enjoyable and give a holistic approach to their learning. In addition, students compete in Inter-house and Inter-school carnivals and sporting events. Ongoing emphasis on participation, teamwork and enjoyment continue to be encouraged during these years.

Students in Year 6 work in a state of the art learning community that encourages collaboration across all classes. The Year 6 rooms are purpose built and allow for opportunities to work in different spaces for different purposes. The room design and furniture are multifunctional and provide many diverse learning opportunities.

Camps are a highlight in Years 4 to 6. Students consolidate their understanding of teamwork, consideration and co-operation. The camps provide a range of outdoor education activities and are an excellent opportunity for students to shine and exhibit leadership skills in another context outside the classroom.

Teachers in the Years 3 to 6 team deliver quality teaching programmes that recognises the student as an individual, caters to their needs and promotes academic rigor. Teachers work collaboratively and regularly meet to discuss programmes, plan activities and examine resources. Professional development is ongoing and allows them to develop their understanding of the best teaching and learning practices.

Parents continue to play an important role in the ongoing development and education of their child as we prepare them for the challenges and exciting opportunities that will be afforded to them as they move through the College.

Phases of Learning

Tranby College's Phases of Learning are designed to motivate the children to discover their learning potential to realise the best in themselves and others.

The phases are the core framework of each age and stage. They articulate the expectations of and the educational approach that develops from Kindergarten through their Primary schooling years.

Years 3 and 4 - Exploring and Engaging 

'Developing their love of learning'

Extending the foundation that is core to your child's future success and developing their life-long love of learning. We build on the understanding of concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years. Students make the transition towards being more independent, resilient and self-directed in their learning within a fun and inclusive environment.  In Year 4, the students attend their first outdoor education experience through a camp which builds their resilience, problem solving skills and independence.  

Years 5 and 6 - Broadening the Horizons

'Increasing their awareness of themselves and the world around them'

Students are encouraged to display resilience, take risks and strive for excellence in all aspects of their education. They are expected to be positive role models for younger students and have the opportunity to undertake leadership roles. Independence and interdependence continue to be fostered and encouraged as students build upon and apply these skills. They develop a greater responsibility for organising and managing themselves and their learning. They demonstrate positive work habits, with a focus on taking an active role in the learning process using IT devices to enhance their skills and awareness of technology as an effective learning tool. Students develop their decision making and critical thinking skills both within and beyond the classroom and are challenged to become global citizens through inquiry based learning.

Cheryl Taylor

Dean of Junior Years (3-6)