Shelford's Junior School is committed to catering for the individual, encouraging the desire to achieve by providing challenge and opportunity in a stimulating environment.
Shelford recognises that each student is unique and that all students exhibit a wide range of abilities, interests and learning styles. The teaching and learning environment of the Junior School supports every student to achieve their personal best within all facets of their development – academic, physical, social, emotional and moral. We focus on the growth and development of the whole child, not only as a learner within the classroom, but also as a member of the wider community. Students are encouraged to be resilient and to persevere when faced with a challenge.
Our smaller class sizes and our open and caring culture ensure that each child is known to her teachers. The relationship between home and school is highly valued and is essential in ensuring that each student achieves their full potential.
In order to ensure that we cater for the needs of all learners and provide them with the opportunity to enhance their understandings and learning potential, a number of ‘learning groups’ operate throughout the day. Frequently these learning groups will cut across traditional age determined year levels, as we acknowledge that all children develop and progress at their own individual pace.
Students may work as individuals, in pairs, small groups or as a multi-age class. At different times, depending on the task, students work in groups consisting of learners with similar abilities and interests, groups based on their learning style or a combination of these. The flexible grouping of students promotes cognitive and social growth, and encourages a spirit of cooperation rather that competition.
Shelford's curriculum is offered through learning programs that focus on the nature and experience of each student, recognising the importance of developing creative and critical thinking skills and providing differentiation.