An exciting year for young people, Year 6 is jam packed with opportunities and challenges to soar into secondary school and begin the transition into adolescence and adulthood.
Challenge is the focus of Year 6 with students being encouraged to step out of their comfort zone to take up leadership positions as School Leader, House Captain or SRC roles, with a number of special ceremonies to mark and celebrate their graduation from Junior School. Our students are supported to attend a range of leadership workshops to expand their skills to grow as future leaders.
In the classroom, the single year level classes are managed by highly qualified teachers, and dedicated Home Group teachers who teach a differentiated curriculum with a mix of flip and face-to-face teaching to cater to a variety of learning preferences.
A suite of core subjects is presented through rigorous, explicit teaching with many opportunities for Year 6 students to be challenged and achieve to their fullest potential. Civics and Citizenship is an important part of the final year of primary school and students enjoy an engaging program culminating in a study tour to Canberra.
We focus on agency-based learning encouraging entrepreneurship. These programs include the student-agency focused ‘MiSpace’, an elective program called ‘Triple E’, and ‘Clinics’, a series of lessons prepared and taught by students.
Wellbeing is important in Year 6, both to ensure a smooth transition into secondary school and to model sound practices for younger students. Year 6 students are buddied with Year 2 students to solidify connections throughout the School and ensure the wellbeing of our junior students transitioning into Middle Primary. The dedicated lesson for Wellbeing further explores the foundational competencies achieved to date and provides a grounding knowledge of strategies to take into secondary schooling.
The technological capabilities of our Year 6 group are nurtured with a dedicated lesson each week, exploring topics such as advanced coding challenges and hands-on initiatives such as making seismographs and mini villages. CANVAS is our Learning Platform where we share content and offer real time assessment feedback, diary organisation and parent communication portal. CANVAS also allows students to access classroom support and extension, where they can work to their abilities. Additionally, 1:1 computers, completing their Digital License training and participating in social media programs, cybersafety and ergonomics training are all part of the experience.
Creatively, students create a legacy piece in Art, Science investigates aspects of Environmental Science, geology, chemistry and sustainability, and Health focuses on change in teenage brains and the role neurotransmitters.
St John’s Grammar School connection with Belair National Park continues into the classroom through natural inquiry learning. In partnership with the Belair National Park rangers, students use a series of 360-degree photos to develop a VR experience of a trail through Belair National Park.
Our Year 6 students graduate as independent, confident learners with a strong spirit and drive to succeed, ready to soar into secondary school.