At St Francis of Assisi we have eleven classes in the Junior Learning Community. Four Foundation classes, four Year 1 and three Year 2 classes. The learning in this area of the school is based around an Investigative approach to learning in a highly engaging and interesting language rich environment. The environment and learning reflects the students ideas, interests, strengths and needs, provides creative and open ended opportunities for learning, is collaborative, promotes choice and belonging and links learning from formal literacy and numeracy instruction.
Children engage in a range of subjects with a clear focus on Numeracy, Literacy and the Arts. Students have access to a bank of iPads to enhance their learning through technology.
In Literacy, a structured approach to literacy is adopted and consists of the explicit instruction of phonics, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, fluency and text based units of work.
In Mathematics an explicit instruction instructional model as well as an inquiry instructional model is evident in engaging and dynamic classrooms.