Years 5 to 8 are the bridge between the Junior and Senior years of schooling and are often referred to as the Middle Years.
This period of schooling is an important one where students experience significant physical, social and emotional growth while also being an important time for learning essential knowledge, ideas and skills.
During this time, the groundwork is laid for success in the senior years. The understanding of key concepts and skills is deepened in the Middle Years.
In the Middle Years we strive to support students in learning that goes beyond the surface to deep and constructed understanding. We seek to promote Middle Years learning that exhibits the qualities of fluency, retention, application and problem solving. In addition, the learning process aims to build thinking that involves gathering knowledge, building understanding, producing, reflecting, managing and evaluating.
We aim to stimulate Middle Years students through learning content and skills, which link to the students understanding of themselves, environment and their place as active and ethical citizens:
- Our aim is to ensure a consistent approach to teaching and learning that is evidence based and follows the School’s stated teaching and learning framework and associated policies and procedures
- There should be strong alignment at each year level with the School’s stated goals and aims and guidelines regarding curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and reporting
- Over time there should be a seamless transition through the school during a student’s learning journey from the Middle Years to the Senior School
Years 5 & 6
In Years 5 and 6 students remain with the core teacher for English and Humanities. For the remainder of their studies: Mathematics, Science, Music, Language Studies other than English (Indonesian), Art and Health/Physical Education- students have specialist teachers and, where appropriate, move to specialist areas. Years 5 and 6 students and their teachers are located in a purpose built community hub with excellent facilities.
Years 7 & 8
Years 7 and 8 students undertake a core curriculum of the following subjects: English, Mathematics, Indonesian, Humanities, Science, Health & Physical Education, Music, Art, and Sport. Information and Communication Technologies are integrated across the curriculum. In some instances, and where students meet school criteria, language studies other than Indonesian can be undertaken through the Victorian School of Languages. This is via Distance Education and entry is based on an application process.