Curriculum

Curriculum Introduction

Faith Lutheran College, Redlands Junior School is committed to providing an all-round education in a safe and supportive Christian environment. The Junior School curriculum is delivered in a stimulating environment with high expectations. The emphasis in the Junior School is on all children striving to achieve their potential within a rich and diverse approach built around the eight key learning areas and Christian Studies.

A well equipped computer laboratory and classrooms serviced by a network of computers provide both Internet and Intranet access to students who are taught keyboard, literacy and numeracy skills from an early age.

The Prep Year is a special year where the curriculum is organised to provide the transition between a 'play' environment and the more formal demands of Year 1. All students attend pre-school on a full time basis.

Key Learning Areas

The curriculum is organised around the 8 Key learning Areas of the Queensland Studies Authority. All students study the following curriculum areas:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE)
  • Science
  • Music
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Technology
  • Languages - Japanese (Years 5 and 6)

In addition, students undertake Christian Studies using the Lutheran Education Australia syllabus, LIFE.

While the Junior School curriculum is broad, Literacy and Numeracy are particularly emphasised to enable all children to progress to the next stage of their school life.

Alphabet Sharing in Prep

Students from Prep have been using Edmodo and Strip Designer to work through the letters of the alphabet. Each student drew their allocated letter digitally, took a photo to represent their letter and uploaded their final work for sharing using Edmodo.

Leadership

Faith Lutheran College, Redlands Junior School aims to foster leadership and active citizenship skills and dispositions in students. A range of opportunities exist for students to participate in leadership and citizenship programs, including:

  • Students democratically elect school leaders for Junior School, sporting and cultural leader roles.
  • School leaders participate in the Leader program, sponsored by the World Vision.
  • Year 5 students guide the Prep Year students through a Buddy Program.
  • Year 4 to 6 students elect two class representatives as their Junior School Council.
  • Representatives in addition to positions of Junior School Council President, Secretary, Treasurer, School Environment Coordinator and Service Coordinator Christian Service to the Community activities.
  • Community role models such as our Local, State and Federal members of Parliament are regular visitors and mentors in our College.
  • Various citizenship activities emerge for students. Year 4 students have built a garden, the students participated in Koinonia Day with a focus on under-developed countries in Africa and purchased blackboards for a school and provided food for Mary and Martha’s.
  • Leadership awards are offered for academic, sporting and cultural achievements throughout the school year.

Writing

A Writer-Illustrator in Residence (Narelle Oliver) is a part of the Year 6 Curriculum and assists students with writing and illustrating a book. During the Residence some activities are also undertaken with the other students within the Junior School. From time to time other Authors eg Michael Salmon are featured within the Junior School as a means of students getting an understanding of writing and its features.

Writer’s Club to encourage young budding authors, as well as to give them the opportunity to present original short stories and poems to their peers for positive feedback, operates monthly after school.

Nestle Writing Competition

Australasian Schools Writing Competition

Writer's Circle

Writer's Circle is an after school club whose objectives are to encourage young budding authors by meeting monthly and to give these young authors the opportunity to present original short stories and poems to their peers for positive feedback. Students are encouraged to experiment with a variety of genre and attend dressed as their favourite storybook character. At the end of each club meeting members are given the chance to form social bonds with likeminded peers over an afternoon tea. The outstanding efforts of our talented writers are published each month in the “Writer's Circle Magazine” and copies of this popular publication are distributed throughout the school.

Sport and Leisure Programs

  • Interschool Sporting Carnivals (summer and winter)
  • School Camps
  • Jump Rope for Heart
  • Swimming classes and carnival
  • Cross Country Training
  • Athletics Carnival for Year 4 to 6
  • Prep - Year 3 Fun Athletics Day
  • Year 4 to 6 sports clinics
  • Training for district, regional and further sports teams
  • Close liaison with Community sports eg; Cleveland Air Magic Skippers, Sharks AFL & Cricket
  • Year 1-3 Lunctime activities includes: Games Club, Kite Flying, Beyblades
  • Year 1-3 Sport includes: swimming club afternoons and early morning fitness groups.