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Junior School

Our Junior School is based on small homerooms, with specialist primary years teachers who know their students well. 

We recognise the importance of a strong start in literacy and numeracy, while being equally committed to inspiring our young people to learn through creativity, imagination and experience. Our programs are deliberately developed to integrate the essential skills of literacy and numeracy into a wide range of experiences, to ensure the learning is meaningful and constructive.

During adolescence young people are working through a critical time in their learning, relationships and emerging sense of self. Our programs foster an environment where students continue to develop strong foundations for learning, explore their passions, celebrate their successes and build positive relationships with their peers and teachers.

This is achieved by creating a structured learning environment that balances opportunity for authentic decision-making and guided student choice. We provide young people with the opportunity to explore our diverse range of learning programs, with strong foundations in English, Maths, Sciences, Humanities, The Arts, critical and creative thinking.

Daily 5 & CAFE System

Lake Bolac College has embraced its passion for literacy by introducing the Daily 5 and CAFE system across the junior school.

The Daily 5 consists of a series of literacy tasks - 'Read to Self', 'Read to Someone', 'Listen to Reading', 'Work on Writing' and 'Word Work'.

Students complete these tasks daily while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individuals.

The Daily 5 is more than a management system or a curriculum framework, it is a structure that aims to help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working independently that will lead to a lifetime of literacy independence.

The Daily 5 has been supported with the introduction of CAFE Reading.

CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary, and the system includes goal-setting with individual students, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs and fine tuning one on one discussions. 

Spelling Mastery

Spelling Mastery is a six-level Direct Instruction series that teaches students dependable spelling skills by blending three approaches: the phonemic approach, the whole word approach and the morphemic approach. Each approach has advantages and possible disadvantages. Spelling Mastery is designed to maximize the advantages of each approach and minimize the disadvantages.

Seven Steps to Writing Success

The Seven Steps is a unique system that chunks writing into seven main techniques. 

1 Plan for Success, 2 Sizzling Starts, 3 Tightening Tension, 4 Dynamic Dialogue, 5 Show, Don't Tell, 6 Ban the Boring, 7 Exciting Endings.

Seven Steps provides students with proven and fun techniques to use in their writing. We have created a broad sporting program that helps our students form a positive attitude towards physical activity and a positive self-image.

MultiLit

MultiLit is an Australian developed program which covers the essential reading components of word attack skills, sight word recognition and reinforced reading in an interactive, highly explicit and structured way.

It is a one-to-one remedial reading program, which has been shown to be highly effective in helping those low progress readers move forward with their reading.

The MultiLit program is specifically designed for teaching students in Year Two and above (about 7 years of age upwards) who are reading at a level considerably below what might be expected for their age.


2017 Curriculum Overview

Prep - Year 4

Literacy & Numeracy (20 units)

Science (2 units)

Humanities/Cultural Studies (2 units)

HAPE (2 units)

Arts - Visual & Performing (3 units)

Technology (1 unit)

Years 5 - 7

Literacy & Numeracy (20 units)

Science (2 units)

Humanities/Cultural Studies (3 units)

HAPE (2 units)

Arts - Visual & Performing (2 units) 

Technology (1 unit)


Contact Us
90 Montgomery Street
Lake Bolac, Victoria 3351
AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61 3 5350 2302
Fax: +61 3 5350 2411
lake.bolac.co@edumail.vic.gov.au