Canterbury’s Years 5-6 Spark Program | Epic Engineering

Semester 2, 2023 Spark Topic | Epic Engineering

This unit focuses on hands-on inquiry-based learning with real-world applications, helping to develop a variety of skill sets.

Students use Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to solve problems and come up with new and creative solutions.

They follow the design process as they identify problems and investigate and research issues.

Students then use this knowledge to develop their ideas, and to plan and create innovative solutions to relevant issues facing our world today.


What is SPARK?

SPARK is an elective-based ‘hands-on’ curriculum for Years 5 and 6 students that is unique to Canterbury.

Each semester our students choose a special subject to study.

Then students from both year levels are combined into the same classroom and taught by relevant staff.

SPARK is about building curiosity, encouraging students to try something new, and providing an exceptional opportunity for them to embark on their own learning journey, as part of their ‘World Ready’ Canterbury education.

When does SPARK occur?

SPARK happens once per week, with students encouraged to continue their learning beyond the classroom.

How does SPARK link to the curriculum?

SPARK focuses on the Australian Curriculum’s general capabilities, looking at critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding.

How can I see my child’s learning?

The Junior School hosts a learning exhibition at the end of each semester, where all students will have something to exhibit based on their SPARK sessions.