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St Kilda Primary School’s Middle Years program strongly reflects a range of strategies that promote high level of engagement for students in Years 5 and 6 and encourages a meaningful connection to learning and school.
Curriculum in the Middle Years at Years 5 and 6 is based on developing children’s deeper understandings and successful problem solving skills through the Inquiry Approach to Integrated Curriculum.
The development of strong leadership skills and relationships with peers and teachers is fostered by students being in composite Year 5/6 home groups for two years. A team approach, in relation to the provision of curriculum is made by the staff in the Real Life Learning Centre.
The physical design of the Real Life Learning Centre is an open planned area, which allows for greater flexibility of curriculum delivery and is supportive of teaching and learning in a variety of settings. The Real Life Learning Centre design allows for positive relationships of all students and staff working within the area.
The Real Life Learning Program is a feature of Curriculum in Year 5 and 6 at SKPS.
The Real Life Learning Program:
- Engages students in analytical, critical and creative thinking tasks
- Creates on-going opportunities for students to develop, practise, refine and share their thinking skills
- Provides students with the tools to manage, organise and record their learning
- Promotes productive thinking, moving beyond memorization and simple recall to synthesis and evaluation
- Encourages students to apply thinking tools and strategies in everyday situations and in solving problems they encounter in the real world
- Assists in the transfer of skills as tools for life-long learners.
Developing our senior students with the capacity and skills, as well as providing many opportunities for them to make contributions to the school, its community and the wider community, as active leaders and advocates of positive change, is our goal.