In Year 5/6 our philosophy is to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between school, home and the world outside their local community. Students are provided with opportunities to take responsibility for their learning and demonstrate their independence, which also includes developing skills in the five learner assets (self-management, thinking, communication, collaboration and research. These are also developed through the units of inquiry focuses and I-Time.
Students are supported to ensure their senior primary years are positive, challenging and improve their confidence about themselves, their learning and their interactions with others. This is fostered through the school’s Relational Learning philosophy where students are engaged in daily circle time and classroom circles, where students have the opportunity to voice their opinions, thoughts and ideas.
Reading Workshops provide students with comprehension strategies to deepen their thinking connections within texts. Such strategies are, Monitoring and Regaining Comprehension, Creating Sensory and Visual Images, Determining Importance, Inferring and Predicting, Prior Knowledge, Questioning and Synthesising. Students participate in ‘Literature Circles’ to enhance their comprehension strategies. Literature Circles are where students meet in groups to read, talk about and discuss a book selected by teachers. Each student is required to choose a role they need to prepare for before meeting with their group to discuss a text.
During Writers’ Workshops, students learn how to use a Writer’s Notebook as a source of inspiration and guidance for their writing. The notebook includes a range of topics they choose to explore. Students also engage in workshops that focus on grammar, organisation of text structure, text layout, punctuation, planning, drafting, revising, editing and proof reading and publishing. In spelling, students engage in workshops from the ‘Words Their Way’ approach.
In the senior school students learn to ‘work like a mathematician’ aka focusing on strategies we can use to approach problems efficiently and systematically. Mathematics workshops foster an opportunity for students to engage in real life problem solving tasks by learning mathematical concepts and developing persistence through the ZOC (Zone of Confusion) to work out a problem.
Students also participate in extended camping and outdoor education experiences, inter-school sport and carnivals, transition to secondary school and family life education (sex education).
Leadership opportunities are provided for students in Peer Mediation, Leadership Conference, SRC (Student Representative Council) and Chicken Monitors.
In Year 6 leadership opportunities are provided for students through selection of School, Vice and House Captains and Young Leaders who all host assemblies and school bands.
In Years 5 and 6, students participate in a one-to-one notebook computer program which provides opportunities for regular integration of digital technology use within the classroom. Student learning is supported through Google apps such as Google Classroom, and students are facilitated to express their learning through digital means such as blogs, videos and animation.