Year Six is a year filled with variety, leadership and challenge.
It is a fantastic year of in depth investigation into the world around us which begins with a close-up look at the history of Australia’s federation and the people who played a part in it. Circuits, generators and energy also excite the students as they study electricity and how it is generated. During Term 2 the Year 6 students have the opportunity to attend a “Big Bang” Science incursion. The entire student cohort will attend an exciting introductory presentation after which each class will have an hour long workshop with hands on activities demonstrating chemical and physical change.
In Week 5 of Term 1, the students head to Mapleton Holiday Centre for an adventurous three day camp with a focus on fun, teamwork and leadership. Our Student Ambassadors and Primary Leadership team are selected shortly after this time away.
Our second unit, “Interconnections,” provides many opportunities to investigate the countries around the globe that Australia has links with. The students enjoy learning about this and carry out a research project on a major Asian country’s relationship to Australia.
Science during Unit 3 investigates changing things through hands on chemistry. Our classrooms are dotted with experiments from crystal growing to slime making. After a great mid-year break the unit continues as we study “Australian Immigration”. Investigations and stories from people who have crossed the globe to live in Australia enrich the students’ learning experiences. This unit culminates with a wonderful day of celebrating some of the cultures that have had a huge effect on our society and traditions. Colourful costumes abound and the stalls which the students put together are filled with flavoursome foods and creative displays. You are very likely to hear strains of the song “We Are Australian” as you pass the Year 6 classrooms.
This sense of national pride is a fantastic basis for our next unit on “Australian Natural Disasters” in which we look at the many floods, cyclones, bushfires, droughts, earthquakes and more that have impacted our country and others. The students are encouraged to develop evacuation plans for their families and to look at how governments and communities can best prepare for emergency situations.
Throughout the year, many of our Christian Studies lessons center on the idea of stewardship. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for the talents, blessings and opportunities that they have been given in order to change lives, utilise the environment in new and exciting ways, as well as to right social injustices.