Play is one of many ways children learn. Play contributes to the cognitive, social and emotional development of our students. It also creates an environment for creativity to flourish, and for students to practise fine and gross motor skills, decision making and problem solving skills.
Our unique environment allows for a wide range of play opportunities, on the oval, in the natural creek setting, or in our ‘ruin’ and mud-kitchen. Play at Tatachilla includes: games with rules, imaginative and dramatic play, construction, STEM play and nature play.
Surrounded by mature trees and well-maintained gardens, the Junior School enjoys an expansive setting and outlook that encourages exploration, curiosity and imagination. With the mini-beast and bush tucker gardens, a seasonal creek and extensive areas of lawn, each classroom has the great outdoors on its doorstep.
Year level identity
Each year level has a unique focus for the year. Reception is the first year of schooling, and is a year of dynamic growth and discovery.
Year 1s develop their digital citizenship as they enter the BYOD iPad Program. They consolidate their skills as writers, readers, mathematicians and inquirers about their world.
Year 2s grow in independence that culminates in their first overnight camp. They further develop STEM skills needed for scientific investigation.
Year 3s have the opportunity to develop nature spaces with an understanding of the connection between how we live and how we share and support other living species in these areas. The development of a butterfly nurturing garden is one example of how they experience mathematical and scientific concepts in these spaces.
In Year 4, the EcoSanctuary and Classroom is a key focus. Children spend sustained periods of time outdoors, experience the seasonal changes and engage with their learning in a calming natural environment.
Year 5s undertake the personal challenge of ‘Conquer the Mountain’, which encourages perseverance and independence in outdoor experiences.
Year 6 students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills as they reflect on their Junior School learning journey. As leaders of the Junior School, they facilitate whole school assemblies, sporting and service events. They have the opportunity to lead as House Captains or Junior School Captains.