In Years 4 and 5, our comprehensive educational program engages students intellectually, physically and socially; providing valuable critical thinking opportunities and encouraging autonomous and collaborative learning.
Our K-12 structure provides flexibility for the design of learning experiences that are the right fit for all students, enabling our learners to feel an appropriate level of stretch and challenge.Mrs Terrie Jones, Head of the School
Students in Years 4 and 5 research and evaluate their learning within the context of a rich Transdisciplinary Learning framework. This includes a focus on core skills and subjects: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Health and Learning Technologies.
I like working with other people in Transdisciplinary Learning. Sharing ideas with the girls and boys in my class helps me with my learning.Sienna (Year 4 student)
Learning incorporates advanced digital technologies, which are fully integrated into classrooms across multiple platforms. Our diverse and challenging junior years curriculum also includes: Physical Education, Literature and Research, French, Japanese, Wellbeing, Visual and Performing Arts, Anam Cara Learning and Outdoor Education.
As a K-12 school situated on one campus, there are many opportunities for our Years 4 and 5 students to mentor younger students, and learn from students in the years above them. Students make use of facilities across the whole School, which they continue to use as they move into Year 7 and beyond. This ensures a smooth transition to the secondary years and allows students to guide and buddy new students entering Year 7.
I enjoy guiding the younger students and being there to help them. I love teaching my Prep buddy about things they don’t already know.
Maddie, Year 5
By starting in Year 4 or 5, students are able to be part of the leadership process and have the opportunity to become Year 6 leaders or lead in other areas such as Community Action and Environmental Action.
Year 5 students in action on Clean Up Australia Day.
Incorporating our country’s landscape into the learning process, our Outdoor Education Program has been central to the School’s educational journey for more than three decades. In sequential ‘Exodus’ adventures held at spectacular Victorian locations from Year 3 onward, students master outdoor skills, learn to lead others with confidence, and build mutual trust.
Sport plays a bigger part in the School life of our Years 4 and 5 students. In addition to Physical Education classes, Year 4 students take part in weekly sport lessons with the aim of preparing them for inter-school sport which begins at St Michael’s in Year 5. Students in Years 4 and 5 take part in House Athletics, Cross Country and Swimming Carnivals, with an opportunity to go on to represent the School at respective inter-school carnivals.
Other opportunities to interact with older students come through participation in ensembles, bands and choirs, and even the Years 5-12 House Aerobics Competition.
In Years 4 and 5, there are many opportunities for extended learning. Each year, St Michael’s enters teams in the G.A.T.E.WAYS Challenge. Taking place in Term 4, teams are made up of students from Years 4 to 6 who exhibit particular interest and advanced skills in problem-solving across the whole of the curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to compete in teams at the annual Mathematics Association of Victoria’s Maths Games Days, and can also take part in the Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad which involves schools from all over Australia, New Zealand and neighbouring countries.
Computer coding is taught throughout the junior years, and in Years 4 and 5, students practice coding language by creating their own video games. They are also invited to be part of the Robotics team which competes at School, State and Australian competitions.
To get a better sense of whether St Michael’s is the right fit for your child, view our online Prospectus or book your place at our next Open Morning to discover what St Michael’s Grammar School can offer your child. Open Mornings are a great opportunity to experience the School in action, speak to staff, and tour the facilities with current students.