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Private Primary School Perth

Junior School: Years 1 to 5

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As a leading all-boys private primary school in Perth, WA, our programme aims to establish solid educational, social and spiritual foundations, empowering students to pursue adventure and lifelong learning.

Split into two pillars, Early Years (PK–2) and Primary Years (3–5), we pride ourselves on providing exciting and all-encompassing programmes, tailored to how children learn best.

Students are given an environment in which they can thrive with a dependable support network and teaching methods to suit students' individual needs and learning styles. We take pride in being a private primary school that values integrity, service and stewardship, striving to nurture your child to become their best self.

Discovery, inspiration and excellence

In the Junior School, we recognise that boys have different needs as they move through their early learning and primary years. As Head of the Junior School, I have the pleasure of being involved in the first and most formative years of your son's education.

In Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, we tap into your child's natural curiosity and inspire a love of learning through guided play and inquiry-based activities.

Curriculum and International Baccalaureate

As he progresses to Junior Primary, our focus is on ensuring he develops his skills and confidence in literacy and numeracy. We teach the Australian Curriculum within the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. This encourages boys to wonder about their world and recognise connections between learning areas.

Developmental needs

At Scotch, we recognise that every boy develops at a different rate intellectually, physically and emotionally. We meet the challenge of creating a positive foundation for school by providing a broad-based curriculum that enables each boy to explore a wide variety of intellectual, physical, and creative opportunities at his own pace. Foremost in the Junior School, we aim to provide a learning environment in which students feel happy, productive and secure.

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I invite you to contact the College to arrange a tour of Junior School and see our community in action. Additionally, we are pleased to offer a Discover Day at Scotch College where your son can gain some insight into the rich experiences on offer at the College. Please contact Admissions to arrange this.

Mrs Maria Hodges
Head of Junior School

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Our Philosophy and Pillars

The JS has been sectioned into two distinct areas to fit in with the National Quality Framework and Standards: Early Years (PK–2) and the Primary Years (3–5).

Early Years (PK–2)

Wonder | Explore | Ignite

The Early Years is when children are in their peak developmental and learning phase and where good quality teaching and learning can have the most significant impact in providing the secure foundations for a child’s future learning, cognitive, social and emotional development.

Children’s brains develop at an incredible speed in the early years of life, a time when they form neural pathways and make connections. Learning is rapid at this time, and the foundations built early will be ever relied upon. The experiences and opportunities a child is given is integral to their growth and learning, now and in later years. Put simply, the early years of a child’s learning experiences lay the foundation for all that is to come and is an important catalyst to their future options.

Wonder

Wondering about the world, its people and a sense of natural questioning and curiosity are innate at this young age. We aim to capture and promote this to retain this ability to naturally question for as long as possible and support children to learn how to act on their wonderings, hypothesise, investigate and make meaning of the world in which they live.

Explore

We encourage children to explore through play, co-constructed activities and provocations promote critical thinking, enabling learning to occur in an interdisciplinary way. Exploration can lead to discovering a passion, interest, or talent and help children become more confident, independent, creative, and collaborative.

Ignite

Our mindfully constructed learning environments engage and become our third teacher to provide rich, authentic opportunities. We strive to provide a foundation and passion for lifelong learning, igniting children’s interests, curiosities and natural thirst to learn.

Philosophy Statement

As part of the first Quality Improvement Plan embarked upon by the Early Years (PK–2) staff, the following Philosophy Statement was created to encapsulate what it is that we provide for our students during their early years at Scotch.

In the Early Years, we honour the image of the child as one who is capable, competent, rich in potential and unique in their characteristics. Cultural identity and diversity are respected and reflected in our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. 

Our children are empowered, through provocations, to think independently and become active inquirers through play, exploration and investigation. Our mindfully co-constructed learning environments engage and become our third teacher providing rich, authentic opportunities for children. We strive to provide a foundation and passion for lifelong learning. 

To build awareness of the interconnectedness of their world, we take the children outdoors to investigate their environment. Our Nature Pedagogy enables children to explore through their innate sense of wonder, ignite their natural curiosity and develop a sense of responsibility for the care of their world. 

Building a strong partnership with families and connecting to the surrounding community is the start of a magnificent journey here at Scotch and beyond. We build resilience to develop independence and perseverance when engaging in everyday experiences. Our priority is to ensure all children feel safe, secure and supported in a fun, dynamic and holistic learning community.

Primary Years (3–5)

Inquire | Discover | Strive

In the Primary Years, we recognise that boys have different needs as they grow and learn at different rates. We provide an environment that supports each boy in learning and engaging through our International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Our staff have a strong understanding of teaching and engaging boys at each age. Our focus is on ensuring each boy develops his skills and confidence in literacy and numeracy. Our Academic Support team supports classroom teachers to ensure each child is targeted at their exact area of learning need. This eliminates any learning gaps and provides challenges and enrichment opportunities to support boys with a strong foundation on which to continue their learning into the Middle School.

Inquire

The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) aims to engage students more than other curricula incorporating quality practices based on national and international research and the IB global community. Through the PYP, we create an authentic, inquiry-based learning and teaching programme that is engaging, significant, challenging and relevant. Boys are supported to become independent and collaborative learners, encouraged to have voice, choice and ownership in their learning.

Discover

We meet the challenge of creating a positive foundation for school by providing a broad-based curriculum that enables each boy to explore a wide variety of intellectual, physical, and creative opportunities. We teach the Australian Curriculum within the  International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme  framework, which empowers boys to wonder about their world and recognise connections between learning areas. This also allows boys to choose and pursue areas of interest in their learning. Specifically built teaching and learning programmes focus on boys’ engagement and cater to their specific learning styles.

Strive

We pride ourselves on ensuring we create engaging, challenging and all-encompassing teaching and learning programmes delivered to specifically reach boys and tailored to how we know boys learn best. Our strong pastoral model and genuine care to learn to understand and relate to each boy are crucial in working with our boys to strive to reach their learning goals and achieve their personal best.

Outside School Hours Care

We've partnered with Extend ­– Australia's largest family-owned and operated outside school hours care provider – to offer engaging, inclusive and safe before and after school care programmes.

Extend helps parents balance work with family life by creating spaces where your children can thrive, learn, laugh and play.

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Teaching and Learning

Our Junior School teaches the Australian Curriculum within the framework of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.

The Primary Years Programme is an inspiring curriculum framework designed to challenge students aged three to 12.

Through our units of inquiry, we teacher our boys to investigate, wonder, communicate, and collaborate, as demonstrated by the boys in their culminating experience of the PYP, the Year 5 Exhibition.

Our transdisciplinary units of inquiry are:

  • Who we are
  • Where we are in place and time
  • How we express ourselves
  • How the world works
  • How we organise ourselves
  • Sharing the planet

Through our transdisciplinary approach, boys develop their English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, PE and Health skills through our rigorous and engaging inquiry learning approach. We are also committed to the development of basic skills in literacy and numeracy to ensure that all boys have success in their learning.

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Co-Curricular

Supporting the classroom curriculum, the Junior School offers a range of co-curricular opportunities. These are targeted at the different age ranges of the Junior School and are planned to engage the boys physically, mentally and to develop their creativity.

Our co-curricular offerings include Aviation, Mandarin, Coding, Robotics and Engineering, Environment, Chess, Art, Drama production, Music ensembles and bands, to name but a few.

Community and Service

The Community and Service programme at Scotch has evolved over decades of engagement by boys in a multitude of service activities. Facilitated through partnerships with agencies, our programme encourages students to seek out individual opportunities to serve, giving tangible expression to our Christian values.

From Kindergarten to Year 12, students have access to service activities framed around the Scotch Service model cornerstones: nurture, inspire, sustain, and connect. Service is at the heart of all three International Baccalaureate programmes, and central to our school motto of 'preparing boys for life' – a life of servant leadership.

Junior School students are encouraged to look for ways to help others – in their family, peer group and in the broader local community. The Primary Years Programme inquire-reflect-act process, allows boys to explore ways of serving others. Organisations including Kids Who Give WA and UnitingCare West provide tangible opportunities for boys to serve.

Junior School boys engage in co-curricular clubs such as the Giving Tree, Environmental Club, gardening clubs, beach clean-up and various fundraising activities.

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

Pastoral care is predicated on the concept of 'knowing the boy'.

Underpinning the pastoral care culture of Junior School is the class teachers who has the most significant pastoral care responsibility for the boy.

Supporting the class teachers in the area of pastoral care are the Junior School Chaplain, Junior School Educational Psychologist, the Deputy Head of Junior School and a Director of Wellbeing, who has oversight of Wellbeing and Pastoral Care throughout the College.

We aim to develop boys who are independent, resilient, reflective, caring and kind and who increasingly take responsibility for their actions. We want to assist our boys to care for others and contribute to their community.

We run the Friendly Schools Anti Bullying Programme which is designed to develop boy's social and emotional intelligence to reduce bullying, to better cope with challenging situations that may arise and to thrive when the opportunity presents.

The wellbeing of our community is a priority of the College.

Sport and Outdoor Education

Sport is a valuable component of the programme at Scotch College. The school recognises the need for every boy to participate in sport and places a strong emphasis on participation as well as performing to individual potential. Participation is crucial to a student's development. All boys have access to the School's renowned sports playing fields and recreational facilities.

In addition to the Physical Education programme the boys from Year 5 compete each week in our JPSSA competitions against the six other PSA schools. There are a great range of sports to choose from including Basketball, Cricket, Water Polo, Volleyball, Tennis, Football, Hockey, Rugby and Soccer. Year 4 take part in the Hockey, Football, Rugby, Soccer and Basketball sporting carnivals to prepare them for JPSSA sport in Year 5.

All boys also participate in Inter-House Swimming, Cross-Country and Athletics and with some representing the College in Inter-School competitions throughout the year.

Boys in Year 4 and 5 take part in our outdoor education programme. At our Moray Outdoor Education Center in Dwellingup, our Year 5 boys engage in orienteering, rafting, hiking, canoeing, ropes and obstacle course, team building activities and camping. Year 4 camp on the school grounds learning to put up a tent, prepare their own food while engaging in orienteering and indigenous studies. For some, this is their first night away from home.

Information Learning Technology and Libraries

The Scotch Library and Information Learning Technology departments form a strategic partnership to create an environment at Scotch that provides each boy with access to the most up to date information through the most suitable technological tools for learning. Through common goals each department supports the boys on a daily basis with dedicated teams delivering a rich curriculum.

In the Junior School the library's four key roles when working with the boys is to promote a love of reading; emphasise the importance of exploring new subjects and genres; allow the boys to play; and teach research skills and information literacy.

Scotch works hard to ensure that your son is able to explore and interact with his imagination through fiction. He will be challenged to read outside of his immediate interests and be introduced to non-fiction that expands his understanding of other topics. As part of the Library programme students have access to games, LEGO, Makerspace items and 3D printing. Through play, students are able to explore in unstructured ways and extend their learning beyond the classroom.

In Years 1 to 5, your son is taught how to use the digital encyclopedias for research and are taught how to begin referencing sources and why this is important.

Device use

In the Junior School, the College dedicates a significant number of resources and time to ensuring that your son is provided with the best technology experiences. As part of Scotch College's programme he is introduced and exposed to a controlled environment of technology use. Your son will be guided on the ways to use technology appropriately and efficiently.

As an Apple Distinguished School we are committed to the Apple Ecosystem that we believe provides the best overall experience for learning.

With all aspects of the Junior School technology integration programme, support and assistance is provided to families.

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Specialist facilities

The Junior School building overlooks the fabulous Black Thistle Pirate Ship playground and the College ovals and playing fields.

The boys have access to other specialist facilities including: the Junior School Art room; MacKellar Hall; Academic Support rooms; Bush School along Lake Claremont; the Early Learning Centre; the Performing Arts room; peripatetic music instruction rooms; a 50m Swimming Pool and the Junior Middle Library.

Academic Extension

There are many parallels between educational enrichment and extension and the PYP framework including:

  • Concept-based curriculum and instruction, encouraging students to draw connections between facts and understand their place in the world
  • Authentic assessment tasks requiring a real-world application of understanding and skills
  • Development of critical thinking skills
  • Development of students' independent inquiry
  • Higher order thinking skills
  • Development of meta-cognitive understanding

Boys are identified through external assessments, summative testing and teacher recommendation. Off-level testing is administered to find their ceiling and a one-on-one interview is conducted. Boys eligible for extension are offered a range of targeted, differentiated and innovative educational programmes such as: mathematics extension classes, Lego League, extension writing clubs and a range of competitions in the arts and much more.

Academic Support

The role of Academic Support in the Junior School is to initially identify boys with special educational needs who are not achieving at year level or those boys with gaps in their knowledge and understanding, who would benefit direct intervention programmes or in class support. These students are carefully monitored and tracked throughout their Junior School journey and provided with support to target their specific learning needs. Support teachers and Education Assistants work within classrooms and with class teachers to provide a highly differentiated curriculum, targeting students at the right point to build understanding and grow their learning. 

Direct intervention programmes including, Multilit, Extending Maths Understanding and Levelled Literacy Intervention Programme support classroom programmes and are administered by Academic Support teachers. In class support is also provided through Academic Support Teachers and Education Assistants to assist boys to access the curriculum and develop basic skills.


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Conversations, Coffee & Curriculum

Free educational events for current and future parents

Join us for this relaxed, informative event series, filled with learning ideas to try at home. Each event offers educational strategies designed for specific age groups, from Kindergarten through to Year 5.

All events are free and adults-only.

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Scotch College is a progressive all boys private primary school in Perth, Western Australia committed to enriching the lives of our students.

If you'd like to find out more about Scotch College's primary school programme, contact us on +61 8 9383 6800 or email us at admissions@scotch.wa.edu.au today.

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