Years 3 and 4
Following on from the preparation in previous years, where the building blocks for more complex learning have been taught, students move into Years 3 and 4.
There are four classes in each grade. The current format of these classes is:
- Two ungraded classes, each of 29 students
- One ungraded class of 25 students, some of whom receive assistance from a teacher’s aide
- One class of 22 students in the Advanced Learning Centre.
The transition to Stage 2 provides opportunities for growth as students participate in Interschool Sport, develop cursive handwriting with the goal of achieving their pen licence, attend their first camp and become more involved with community service.
Continuing on with the study of both the Old and New Testaments, students are challenged to look at some of the lesser known books of the Bible. Students are encouraged to consider how the books studied impact them.
Literacy activities are integrated across all Key Learning Areas (KLAs). Specific reading lessons are skills-based and instruction occurs in small groups within the classroom. Children with identified literacy difficulties have the ongoing support of a teacher’s aide.
Classes are streamed across the grade and children are placed in the group that best supports their current level of mastery. Instruction is teacher based and a supporting textbook is used to complement the skills being taught. There is a focus on developing mathematical language skills. Children with identified numeracy difficulties have the ongoing support of a teacher’s aide.
Topics that broaden the student’s understanding of God’s creation are presented in interesting and innovative ways. A wide variety of activities and excursions support the in-class programs. This includes an overnight camp in Year 4. Units covered in this Stage include: Who Will Buy?, Decision Making and Early Australian History.
Science and Technology
Science is presented as an exciting insight into our technology based world. Students use various technologies to explore and understand new material and to present their findings. Group work and computers are an integral part of the technology program. Units covered include: The Digestive System, Space and Invertebrates.
Creative and Practical Arts
As part of a well-rounded education, students are given the opportunity to explore and enjoy a variety of media. Lessons in the classroom, complemented by a wide variety of extracurricular activities, allow students to develop their creativity.
Physical activity is crucial to each child’s development, as is an understanding of health and related issues. Skills are developed, both as individuals and in the context of team games. Resilience and bullying are addressed regularly in PDH lessons. A wide range of sporting opportunities are available for students to enjoy.