As children enter our Year 3/4 class, they move from early to middle childhood. This is a time of great cognitive change, as children’s thinking becomes increasingly logical, organised and more flexible.
Students learn to apply the literacy and numeracy skills gained in the early years in their learning across the curriculum; for example through science, humanities and technology. During middle childhood, children are better able to recognise emotions in themselves and others, control their own emotions, and communicate about emotions, through social and emotional learning.
The class uses inquiry based, hands-on learning to explore the curriculum in ways that are meaningful, engaging and relevant to the lives of the children. Children become ‘researchers’, scaffolded in their learning by the teacher and engaging in research of their interests across different curriculum areas. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an area of special interest in this class with a devoted Maker-Space, Lego Robotics Coding and computer programming happening throughout the year.
Bush School is an integral part of our learning. For three terms in the year we spend every Friday out and about in the local bushland environments. This provides an opportunity not only to strengthen our knowledge of nature but also to take our otherwise indoor learning outside… numeracy, science, english, geography, history and the arts can be learned in a beautiful stimulating environment. Underpinning this academic learning is a fostering of sincere respect for our Indigenous culture, with regular investigation and acknowledgement of ancient knowledge and belief systems. Bush school allows enormous opportunity for the development of lateral, creative thinking skills, the assessing and taking of responsible risks, independence, resilience and rich, relevant team working skills.
We take our learning beyond the school gate in many ways and incorporate our learning within the local community. Learning beyond the school gate provides a wide range of opportunities for developing creative and critical thinking skills and rich, in-depth hands-on learning provides an opportunity for students to take action in areas of interest to them.