Junior Curriculum

The Solway College Junior School is comprised of students in Years7 to 10. The focus of the Junior School curriculum is to provide opportunities for students to experience a range of subjects, as well as to build sound skills and competence in core areas.

Year 7 and 8

Programmes in the Junior School cover the following learning areas:

English

Technology

Languages (including):

Mathematics

Digital

Te Reo Maori

Science

Food

Spanish

Social Studies

Textiles

French

Physical Education

 

Chinese

Health

Music

German

Christian Education

Art

ESOL

Some of these subjects are taught by their core teachers, while others are taught by specialist teachers, using specialist facilities.

Other activities for year 7&8 students include:

  • Cultural performance opportunities
  • Sporting fixtures
  • Gifted and Talented programme
  • National Young Leaders Day
  • Speech competition
  • Annual camp
  • Interschool Sports exchanges
  • Individual Music lessons (if requested)

 

Year 9

At Year 9 students follow a programme of study that includes their core subjects and a rotation of options:

English

Technology

Languages (including):

Mathematics

Digital

 

Science

Food

Te Reo Maori

Social Studies

Textiles

French

Physical Education

 

ESOL

Health

Music

 

Christian Education

Art

 

Rotation subjects are taken over two terms.  We do this to ensure that each of our students has experience of a range of subjects.  This will ensure that they can find and develop interests.

 

Year 10

English

Technology

Languages (including):

Mathematics

Digital

Te Reo Maori

Science

Food

French

Social Studies

Textiles

ESOL

Physical Education

 

 

Health

Music

Accounting

Christian Education

Art

Drama

The major difference is at Year 10 students choose 2 options from a range of subjects that will enable them to pursue specific interests. 

Other activities for year 9 & 10 students include:

  • Cultural performance opportunities (intercollegiate competitions)
  • Sporting fixtures
  • Gifted and Talented programme
  • Speech competition
  • Annual camp
  • Interschool Sports exchanges
  • Individual Music lessons (if requested)
  • Activity week

Current Year Junior Option / Curriculum Booklet

Assessment

Solway College uses standards based assessment and reporting for the Junior School to ensure that our students have practice at this style of assessment before NCEA.  At NCEA Level 1 – 3 and Scholarship all the assessment is standards based.

Standards based learning means that a piece of learning is described in a sentence with some descriptions attached to it.  Student achievement in relation to this standard is then described as being at 1 of 4 different levels.

NA - Not Achieved - student has not yet reached the level required.

A - Achieved - student has reached the level required.

M - Merit- student has reached the required level with understanding.

E  - Excellence - student has reached the required level with a depth of understanding.

Your daughter’s work will be reported on to you using these 4 different achievement levels.  You will have an opportunity to further discuss these at Parent/Teacher interviews which are held at the end of Term 1 and 2.

Assessment Procedures

At both Junior and Senior level we have a set of procedures that students need to learn to follow.  These include:

All work must be handed in on time.

If your work is late without reason then it will receive an NA grade.

If students are ill or have another legitimate reason for absence they must request an extension from that Subject Teacher.  This extension request must follow the Solway College assessment procedure.

Further assessment opportunities may be available where practical and must be applied for.

Personalised Learning

The teaching and learning programmes at Solway College cater to the individual learning needs of students.  The first step to achieve this is to ensure that each student is aware of what they need to learn (learning intentions) and the success criteria for each piece of work.  Teachers then regularly assess each student’s progress towards their learning intentions and feed back to students the progress they are making.  The teacher is able to ensure that each student is given the help and support they require to make their next learning step.  Students also have access to exemplars.  Exemplars are pieces of student work that are used to show students what their work needs to look like when they have achieved a piece of learning.

 

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