Primary Years at Loreto

A place of discovery…where her confidence as well as critical and creative thinking skills are developed in a safe and caring environment.

              Primary Years at Loreto

Loreto Junior School provides education for girls from Reception to Year 6. We teach within the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (IBPYP) framework, which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people, with a strong inter-cultural understanding. This program ensures that our students are encouraged to become critical and reflective thinkers. 

The IBPYP, combined with our knowledge of how girls respond best to learning, provides a proven framework of academic challenge that encourages our students to understand the connections between their learning and the real world.

Our curriculum emphasises a sense of inquiry combined with explicit skill development in both literacy and numeracy. This approach leads students and teachers to deeper investigation, conceptual comprehension, critical and creative thinking, and enduring understanding.

Curriculum is delivered in a collaborative and supportive environment with teaching and support staff working together to ensure the academic and social needs of each individual student are met. Our team of in-classroom and specialist subject teachers are focused on academic, social, and emotional skill development.

At Loreto Junior School, learning is fun and meaningful. An extensive and stimulating range of learning opportunities, including enrichment programs and extra-curricular activities, support girls’ broader development. Our nurturing Pastoral Care program provides guidance to ensure that girls are individually valued and supported.

About the IB PYP

IB schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education.

At the core of all IB programmes is the IB Learner Profile, which focuses on the development of the "whole student" (physical, intellectual, emotional and ethical) and the aspirational qualities that epitomise effective learners.

Designed for students aged 3 to 12, the PYP learning framework prepares students to be lifelong learners who are internationally minded. The Programme is inquiry based, rigorous and inclusive of all students.

Units of Inquiry provide the focus to explore concepts and ideas to deepen students’ understanding and enable them to make connections across the different subject areas and in the real world.

The key learning areas are:

  • Language (English)
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Physical, Social and Personal Education (taught by a specialist teacher)
  • The Arts – Music, Drama, Visual Arts and Dance including compulsory string instrument in Year 2, Year 5 brass instrument program and the Years 4 and 5 Musical (taught by specialist teachers)
  • ​Chinese (taught by a specialist subject teacher)
  • Religious Education (taught by a specialist teacher)
  • Information and Communication Technologies are integrated across all learning areas and supported by a specialist teacher.

Find out more information about the International Baccalaureate, including the mission statement, via the documents for download below. Please also visit the IB Website.

Beyond the Classroom

Getting outside of the classroom and involved in other activities enhances girls’ overall learning and social development.

Extra-curricular and co-curricular life in the Junior Years is broad and varied. Girls enjoy the many activities available to them at Loreto, including:

  • Camps and retreats: Year 3 Zoo Snooze and Year 5 Outdoor Education-based camp
  • Carnivals: Primary Years-specific swimming and athletics carnivals
  • Competitions: Oliphant Science Awards, ICAS Competitions, Primary Maths Challenge and Royal Adelaide Show arts programs
  • Court sports: netball, netta, basketball, aerobics and tennis
  • Field sports: hockey, minkey, touch, soccer, softball and t-ball
  • Higher-order thinking activities: chess and debating
  • Involvement in major school-based initiatives: Mission Day, Pink Day and Footsteps Walk-a-thon
  • Leadership opportunities from Reception onwards: Student Representative Council (SRC), Primary Years and specific year level leadership roles, house leadership including Sport and Performing Arts captaincy, prayer leadership, Friends of the Library group, environmental leadership, among many others
  • Music: string orchestra, choirs, Junior School band and ensembles
  • Social Justice and community programs: Social Justice Passport, community outreach program and sacramental program
  • State, district and regional sporting competitions
  • Water and track sports: swimming and athletics
  • Wakakirri Performing Arts Event: on stage and behind-the-scenes roles
  • Junior School Musical: on stage and behind-the-scenes roles 

Buddy Programs

Our Junior School buddy and mentoring programs have been very successful in ensuring our students always have a peer to turn to. It is a simple yet effective program where our older Junior School students ‘buddy’ with Early Learning or younger Junior School students, and Junior School students with Senior School students.

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