From her first day at Walford, your daughter will be encouraged to think, ask questions, reflect and take action. She will be equipped with the skills to inquire deeply into her learning, make connections and achieve her best.
Learning and Teaching
The Primary Years Programme (PYP), the first phase of the International Baccalaureate continuum, provides the framework for learning in the Walford Junior School. Through inquiry, students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, delving richly and deeply into concepts that are linked to globally relevant, real-life situations.
The core subjects of English, Mathematics, History, Science, Geography and Technologies are integrated into the units of Inquiry. Learning is enriched with specialised subjects including Music, French, Physical Education and Art.
Strong literacy and numeracy skills are developed through explicit and targeted teaching in discreet blocks of time across the week as well as within subjects. Specialist teachers from the secondary school provide further enrichment within Mathematics and Science as we intentionally target individual growth and engagement in literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning.
Targeting the growth of each learner is enabled through Walford’s LINCmodel. Literacy, Ignite, Numeracy Co-educators work alongside highly qualified teachers to provide enrichment and additional support when required to help each student grow her proficiency in English and Mathematics. Reading, writing, mathematical computation and spelling is supported in class or in small working groups outside of class as required.
Wellbeing, Engagement and Belonging (WEB)
Helping students develop a mindset and the capabilities needed to flourish in an ever-changing world is central to the wellbeing program. Wellbeing underpins all learning and permeates every aspect of school and life. However, like our academic program, our wellbeing framework is thoughtfully and intentionally crafted providing challenging and rewarding opportunities for learning and growth.
From Reception through to Year 5, the WEB program is sequentially designed so that age appropriate learning can occur. With a focus on the development of social and emotional skills, students are supported to become agents of their own lives, leading to a strong sense of empowerment both within and beyond the school gates. Psychologists and key experts across a range of related fields are engaged annually to work with teachers, parents (see parent connect) and students to ensure that the topics explored are grounded in evidence based research. Topics covered will vary from year to year in a program that is deliberately flexible and responsive to the needs of students at any given time.
Central to wellbeing is a strong sense of belonging and connection within the school community. Through the mentoring program, all classes have a buddy class with activities designed to foster cross-age connections and build on the nurturing and supportive nature of the friendships at Walford. Formal and informal mentoring encourages students to feel valued and positive about their interactions with others inspiring optimism and aspiration for the future through the role modelling that occurs.
Leading and Leadership
Our aim is for students to learn early on that they can influence change for the better by serving causes greater than their own. Underpinning our approach to leadership is our school motto Virtute et Veritate – “With truth and moral courage”, reminding us that leadership is about bravely standing up for that which we know to be ethically right and true.
Students are strongly encouraged to lead at Walford and there are formal and informal opportunities for them to do so.
Formal positions in the Junior School include an active Student Representative Council, a House Captain system and the Peer Support Program.
The Year 5 Exhibition is the culminating learning project for the Primary Years Programme. Each Year 5 student has a significant role in leading the whole school community through a comprehensive display of acquired knowledge, taking the opportunity to teach on their learning and inspire others to take action. This showcase of collaboration, service and action highlights the empowerment and agency that is central to our Junior School leadership program.
Beyond the Classroom
In addition to the many co-curricular opportunities available, the Walford Junior School encourages students to be active in a range of initiatives that encourage agency, challenge thinking, build connections and are fun. An annual Junior School Musical and Christmas Concert ensure a role for everyone on stage, whilst the Artist in Residence program inspires creative works for the annual art exhibition.
The knowledge and thinking of students is enriched through participation in a variety of competitions throughout the year. These include:
RoboCup digital technologies competition
IPSHA Poetry Competition
ICAS and AMS Mathematics Competitions
Young Writers Award
ASPO Mathematics Games competition
Oliphant Science Awards
The Commissioner for Children and Young People’s Digital Challenge
IPSHA Junior Orator of the Year competition
The Premier’s Reading Challenge
The Premier’s Be Active Challenge
Students have further opportunities to participate in enrichment and extension programs, some of which are led by Senior Secondary teachers including:
The G.A.T.E.WAYS enrichment program
Science Program – undertaken in Senior Laboratories
Digital Technologies program
Year 2 Strings Program
Year 5 Band Program
The Annual Junior School Swimming Carnival and Sports Day are highly anticipated events in the calendar. Students have the chance to compete for the Parks Medal in the annual Sports Day race as well as enjoy strong competition and novelty events across both sporting carnivals.