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Our Junior Years Students love their new learning spaces

The 2017 year started with lots of enthusiasm and excitement about our beautiful new Junior Years classrooms. Last year we began the journey of redesigning our learning spaces in Prep and Year 5 to match our teaching and learning approach, and the Year 1 to 4 classrooms were completed over the 2016 Christmas holiday period.

Why have we redesigned the classrooms and added new furniture?

We did extensive research into student engagement and the future job market, and visited a number schools in order to ensure that our approach would suit the needs of our students at Trinity Lutheran College, and align to our vision and mission. To support the implementation of our recently developed Teaching and Learning Framework, we are designing spaces to touch the heart, engage the head and extend the hand. We are ensuring that we are meeting the needs of today’s learners with learning spaces that cater for their unique needs.

How do the learning spaces work?

The Junior School is made up of single class environments where the class teacher has the main responsibility for the class and teaching program. Year level collaboration does occur and there may be times when students work across the year level on learning tasks. The classroom environment is designed to reflect our teaching and learning framework.

Teaching and learning in the Junior school differentiates for the varying needs and learning styles of each child in the class. Occasionally withdrawing or grouping students for remediation, extension or enrichment experiences will occur. However, the continual “regrouping” of students, including into mixed-ability groups, is pivotal to successful teaching and learning in our environment. The teacher’s role is pivotal in orchestrating this changing working dynamic so that each student’s learning is observed, monitored and effectively supported when working both individually, and within various groups.

Key Characteristics of our environment

  • Emotional environment: the development of the relationships between the teacher and student are key.
  • Intellectually challenging space: children need to be challenged and the use of explicit teaching is important along with small group and individual learning sessions.
  • Space to be curious and wonder: inquiry is the key pedagogy in the Junior school and the environment needs to lend itself easily to children being curious.
  • Involving students: students are part of the learning community and their input should be sought in creating the space.
  • Collaborative community: collaborative techniques are essential in inquiry learning environments.
  • Honoring the aesthetics: the environment should enhance the learning and therefore we need to consider the look and aesthetics of the environment.
  • Flexible space: flexibility is important to allow for individual differences and to explore the different ways different students learn.

We really encourage you to talk to your children and ask them how they are finding the new learning spaces and what their favourite aspect is. We welcome any feedback.


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