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Core Subject
 
The learning program at SJIS is compliant with the NSW Board of Studies with a strong focus on Literacy and Numeracy. The curriculum at SJIS is demanding and challenging, both academically and socially. 

The timetable is structured with a 6 period day, each lesson being 45 minutes long. The children learn Japanese on top of the standard Australian syllabus and partake in mixed lessons with students from the Japanese division. These lessons are in the areas of P.E, art and music.

Although the curriculum is challenging, the school maintains small class sizes. This accommodates for the children's individual needs in order to maximise their full academic and social potential.
We are confident that our school offers the very best environment to nurture children’s patience, acceptance and understanding of one another through cultural diversity.
 
Academic Curriculum
 
The Board of Studies NSW sets the learning requirements for each stage of primary school.
The four stages are:
Kindergarten – EARLY STAGE 1
Years 1 and 2 – STAGE 1
Years 3 and 4 – STAGE 2
Years 5 and 6 – STAGE 3
 

The Board’s syllabuses state what must be taught in these six key learning areas:

English
Mathematics
Science and Technology
Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)
Creative and Practical Arts
Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE)
 
Within each of the learning areas there are sub-topics and themes that are developed at greater depth, providing stimulation for deeper understanding and opportunities for enrichment.
 
English
Developing students’ abilities to use language effectively and critically.
Encouraging positive attitudes towards learning English.
Encouraging children to read widely with understanding and enjoyment, to spell accurately, and to write grammatically in a variety of forms.
Providing all students the opportunity to experience a range of good literature in a variety of forms including printed and mass media.
Exposing students to a variety of writing genres to enhance their English communication skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading.
Developing sound skills and knowledge of language structures, punctuation, spelling and  grammar. The school provides individual assistance for students with English language difficulties.
 
Mathematics
Incorporating globally regarded Japanese teaching strategies to the teaching of the NSW mathematics curriculum.
Teaching all students the basics of number, space, measurement, and problem solving.
Learning geometry, algebra and how to work with data and graphs.
Developing calculating, reasoning, predicting and verifying skills.
The primary goal for all students is the development of basic mathematical competence for daily living and for problem solving.
 
Science and Technology
Developing skills of inquiry, investigation, designing and problem-solving.
Encouraging the acquisition of knowledge and understanding about the natural and modified environments and people's interaction with them.
Developing knowledge of design processes and an understanding of the interaction of technology and society.
Building on the curiosity children have about their natural and built environments.
Computer literacy has become an important aspect of the primary science and technology syllabus in recent years.
 
Human Society and Its Environment
Learning about history, geography, civics and citizenship.
Developing investigation, communication and social skills.
Providing knowledge and encouraging understanding about the history of Australia, its geography, social institutions and place in the world.
Developing a commitment to maintaining and improving the environment.
Exploring, comparing and appreciating moral beliefs and values.
Learning about other cultures and languages. 
 
Japanese
Recognising the indivisible link between language and culture.
Breaking away from the traditional approach to language teaching in favour of a more holistic approach.
Immersing students in a variety of contexts and settings to provide direct learning of Japanese language and culture.
Please click here for more details of the Japanese Language Program at SJIS
ESL, Literacy and Numeracy Support
Students who may need additional support are identified based on observation, assessment and the professional judgement of the teachers. These students are provided extra assistance in individual areas as required. This assistance is by additional support teachers. They are guided by the Student Services Team who meet regularly to ensure all programs are up to date and provide the best for our students.
 
Enrichment Programs
Students who require additional learning are offered extension programs to maintain their engagement in study at advanced levels study and advanced levels. These students often immerse themselves in advanced study of the Japanese language which they find intellectually stimulating and academically rewarding.
 
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