Junior Years

Learning in our Junior Years commences with our Prep program for four-year old girls, followed by Reception through to Year 6.

Seymour Junior Years

The Seymour Junior Years is leading the way in best practice primary education for girls.

As educators, we are faced with the challenge of considering the bigger picture and teaching the types of skills, dispositions and knowledge that will be relevant for our girls in future years.

Most of the primary school reform efforts to date have focused on making the traditional model work better, rather than creating an alternative.

Our revolutionary and innovative Junior Years model has been guided by the latest global research on how to help girls learn best, coupled with an evolved understanding of teaching and learning. The result is a renewed focus on delivering more impactful teaching and a more vibrant curriculum that is better suited to how girls learn at this age.

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Our Prep program

Seymour Prep. The best start for your four-year-old daughter

Through a carefully curated combination of hands on, play based learning and short bursts of intentional teaching, our Prep girls adjust to the reality of big school, at a practical and enjoyable pace. Our girls spend this year broadening their minds and building connections to the world around them, all whilst developing the crucial skills needed to arrive in Reception confident and prepared.

To give your daughter the best start to her schooling journey, please contact our Director of Enrolments and Community Relations, Sally Penn, please provide your details here. You can also click to book a tour of the College.

Curriculum

Primary school education re-imagined

At Seymour, we believe in the intelligence of every student, ensuring they thrive through the support and differentiation offered within our unique Junior Years targeted group teaching and learning model.

Research has shown the incredible capacity of brains to grow and change in a really short space of time. At Seymour, we firmly believe that any differences students are born with are transcended by a teachers’ belief in their potential, their exposure to explicit teaching and the laying of strong foundations in English and Mathematics from as early as Reception.

Our students respond to positive messages about their potential and ability, therefore our approach to teaching and learning is underpinned by our belief in the intelligence of each and every one of our learners. No one is born with a “maths brain”, and no one is born without one!

In an ever-changing world, we recognise that a clear way of improving achievement and promoting equity as we future-proof our girls, is to broaden the number of students who are given high level opportunities. Unique to Seymour, this is achieved through an individualised, supported, connected and targeted group model.

Research states that any form of targeted-grouping, whether teacher-selected or mixed ability, is better than the traditional ‘whole class instruction’. Seymour Junior Years girls work in English and Mathematics specialist groups for extended periods of time every day. Individual growth and student success are monitored closely, with targeted groups ensuring that no child falls through the cracks or goes under the radar. Our girls are challenged, supported, and learning for extended periods of time, because we know that’s how girls learn best.

Seymour’s unique targeted group learning model puts girls first, right from the beginning. It builds strong academic foundations, setting girls up for a future of success, and options. Underpinned by a culture of kindness and friendship, our girls just simply love school.

We know that the single most powerful influence on achievement is the teacher. As such our attention is directed towards higher quality teaching and higher expectations, understanding that all students from Prep to Year 6 can meet appropriate challenges within this small group learning model. We recognised early that expert teachers differ from experienced ones and therefore identified, esteemed, and trained our teachers to be experts in their fields.

At Seymour College, we are committed to preparing our students for participation and leadership in an increasingly complex digital world and, as part of that, supporting the development of their digital citizenship skills.

Students in Years 3-6 will be assigned a College laptop.

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Co-curricular

Junior Years co-curricular is centered around participation and fun.  

 

Our offering

We foster a love of trying new things, building resilience and developing passions that last a lifetime.