Years 5 and 6
Years 5 and 6 are the years when preparation for High School begins. Students are encouraged to involve themselves in a wide variety of service and extracurricular activities. Sound study habits are developed during these years and there is a consolidation of the teaching done in Stage 3. Students are taught to use a planner to help organise their time and homework.
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 Learning Support Assistant
- One class of 22 students in the Advanced Learning Centre.
The transition to Stage 3 provides opportunities for growth, as pupils are able to take on roles of mentoring younger students. Camps are a focus of this Stage, with a Gold Rush camp in Year 5 and a relationship building camp in Year 6. A transition program assists Year 6 students to move confidently in to high school.
The Old and New Testaments are presented in more depth and children are given the opportunity to study different books of the Bible. Students are challenged at camps and in the classroom to consider how the message of the Bible impacts them personally.
Activities are integrated across all Key Learning Areas (KLAs). Specific reading lessons are skills-based and instruction occurs in small groups within the classroom. Students with identified literacy difficulties continue to have the support of a Learning Support Assistant. Students are given the opportunity to tutor less able students. Novel studies are used to broaden student’s literature base and a wide variety of authors are reviewed.
Classes are streamed across the grade and students 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. Higher order thinking skills are developed and students are encouraged to become confident, independent mathematicians.
Topics that broaden the students’ understanding of God’s creation are presented in interesting and innovative ways. A wide variety of activities and excursions support the in-class programs. Units covered in this Stage include The Environment, The Gold Rush, Government and Antarctica. The development of research skills is an important component of this stage.
Science and Technology
Science is presented as an exciting insight into our technology based world. Students have the opportunity to access the purpose built High School Science laboratories when studying chemistry and electricity. Group work and computers are an integral part of the technology program. Units covered include The Rainforest, Chemistry and Soft Drink Making.
Creative and Practical Arts
As part of a well rounded education, children are given the opportunity to explore and enjoy a variety of media. Students are able to be involved in the school’s musical productions in lead roles or as members of the chorus.
Physical activity is crucial to each child’s development, as is an understanding of health and related issues. Skills are honed to support both individual fitness and team skills. Resilience and bullying are addressed regularly in PDH lessons and, in Year 6, students begin to study the unit of Human Sexuality.