Junior school


​​Strong foundation: prep to year 3

High quality education early in life gives children the best start.

At Earnshaw State College, on entry to prep, every student is recognised as a capable and individual learner. Our early year’s program gives priority to building strong foundations for learning and success. Literacy and numeracy underpin learning, with a strong focus on reading development through our prep to year 12 approach to the teaching of reading.

Teachers build from each student's diverse prior experience. They teach in ways known to engage young learners and to best support their learning and development. Our students learn through interactions, active exploration and experimentation and by representing their learning in a variety of modes.

Teachers assess, monitor and respond to each student's learning. This is critical in the early years when student learning and development of social, physical and cognitive skills occurs at such a rapid and variable rate.

The Earnshaw community sets high expectations for student behaviour and supports students' social and emotional development. Learning experiences contribute to developing children's positive identity, self-esteem, resilience, personal organisation and independence as they interact successfully with others and their learning environments.


Enhanced learning: years 4 to 6

The year 4 – 6 curriculum continues to prioritise English and mathematics along with the opportunity for a broad education that includes science and technologies, humanities, social sciences, language and the arts.

Teachers build curriculum links to deepen students' knowledge and understanding and to foster the connectedness and relevance of their learning. Multiliteracies and ICT are embedded in all learning areas, ensuring that students are well prepared to be active and informed citizens in a diverse and changing world.
Our year 4-6 program is designed to leverage positive engagement and participation and extend academic performance. Students develop resilience and risk-taking in their learning as they are supported in their passage through to adolescence.

Students have the opportunity to participate in interschool sporting programs, STEM and music lessons take place in purpose built music rooms. Students may choose to join our instrumental and vocal music programs.

Specialist teachers for Health and Physical Education, Japanese, Music and Library have developed unique programs for our Junior School students. Our Physical Education curriculum has strong links with our College’s Excellence program - Baseball. Social and emotional development continues to be reinforced through social skills programs.

Our English as an Additional Language (EAL-D) teacher works together with our literacy coach to ensure our newly arrived students are able to access our curriculum.

We recognise the developmental needs of early adolescents. We support their transition from primary to secondary education and enhance their learning. Students in year 6 have opportunities to experience a wider range of subjects provided by specialist teachers in specialist facilities. They participate in Music, Visual Art, Drama, Digital Design, Graphics, Home Economics, Industrial Technology and STEM.

Last reviewed 20 July 2021
Last updated 20 July 2021