An energising Junior curriculum, taught by specialists, inspires curiosity at every step.
The Head and Deputy of the Junior School are hands on, working alongside class teachers across the grades.
Additional teachers join class teachers to teach literacy and numeracy across each grade. This extra resource means smaller, fluid groups for targeted teaching of specific literacy and numeracy skills.
Specialist teachers bring their expertise and enthusiasm to Languages, Library, Music, Sport and Visual Art lessons, right from Kindergarten. This means children experience a variety of teaching styles and classroom teachers have time off class to collaborate, assess and liaise with parents.
A coordinator for each grade leads collaborative programming and supervises their team of teachers on the grade, assuring quality and consistency of the learning experience.
The curriculum is enriched with an evolving range of excursions and incursions that make learning real and relevant.
Parents can make an appointment to see their child’s class teacher at any time.
We combine a variety of programs and a mix of hands on equipment, concrete learning materials, visual tools and integrated digital technology to get junior students excited about Mathematics.
Juniors are immersed in a literacy environment through a variety of reading and writing programs. Specialist library teachers nurture a love of reading, develop information literacy and teach enquiry based learning skills during a weekly visit to the library.
Art opens our youngest minds to higher order thinking skills associated with creativity and is taught by specialist Art teachers right from Kindy (60 minutes per week). Students investigate a wide range of media, which often directly relate to the topics being explored with their class teacher. A purpose built junior art room, photographic dark room and kiln offer lots of opportunities for junior artists to get creative.
Languages other than English (LOTE)
Children learn French from K-2, Indonesian in Years 3-4 and Japanese in Years 5-6 (30 minutes per week in Kindergarten and 60 minutes per week in Years 1-6). Specialist teachers focus on cultural aspects as well as gaining a grasp of languages in a fun and interactive way.
Music is taught by specialist teachers for 60 minutes per week K-2 and 90 minutes in Years 3-6. Music classes incorporate influences from philosophies of Kodaly, Orff and others. Students play instruments, sing and move to music as well as listening to various styles and creating their own.
The instrumental program runs in Year 3 (strings) and Year 4 (band) where every student learns to play their own instrument in small group tutorials and ensemble lessons. In Years 5 and 6 students perform on classroom instruments including percussion, keyboard, guitar and singing, as well as more advanced listening and use of laptops for composition and research activities.
Find out more about additional extensive cocurricular Music programs including a wide range of ensembles and optional private music lessons.
The Infants Camp in K-2 prepares children for our dynamic Outdoor Education program of annual camps which is led by professional outdoor educators accompanied by CCGS teachers.
Personal Development, Health & Physical Education
All students participate in House sport carnivals and have a Health lesson (30 minutes) and a PE lesson (60 minutes) with specialist PE teachers every week.
K-2 also come together once a week for a rotation of sport games with their classroom teachers to encourage team spirit and participation.
Years 3-6 enjoy Friday afternoon sport, on and off site, usually with professional external coaches, where they choose two sport codes per term including:
- Martial Arts
- Rock Climbing
- Surf Life Saving
Find out more about additional extensive cocurricular Sport programs that start right from Kindergarten.
History and Geography
The class teacher explores enquiry driven understanding of places and spaces. Kindergarten often start with their family history and where they live and Year 6 have studied the Antarctic environment and connected with scientists in situ via video conference.
Science & Technology
Class teachers foster curiosity and scientific thinking. Kindergarten could be learning about what things are made of, transport and animal habitats with their class teacher. Year 6 study solids, liquids and gases as part of their Antarctica – Survival and Sustainability program.
CCGS is a technology rich learning environment. Learn more about our K-12 Digital Literacy curriculum and the use of digital technology in the classroom.
STEAM in Year 6
To the Moon or the Ocean Floor. That's the challenge explored by Year 6 students, guided by specialist Senior School teachers from Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Maths. Collaborative research, presentation and evaluation bring together STEAM skills in an authentic project.
Learning across the curriculum
Literacy and numeracy are often integrated across the curriculum together with an understanding of contemporary issues and the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours for success identified by The Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW (BOSTES). Often a thematic focus like rainforests or cultural identity will involve learning in literacy and numeracy, creative arts, science, geography, history, science and technology.