Canterbury’s Years 5-6 Spark Program | Medieval Madness

Semester 2, 2023 Spark Topic | Medieval Madness

This unit builds connections between History, Science, Maths and Art.

It involves inquiry-based learning built on students’ curiosity for the past.

This subject allows students to lead an inquiry into medieval history, focusing on what life in a medieval castle was like, why people built castles, and how castles were defended.

Students learn about medieval architecture, innovations and simple machines via hands-on activities.

They also observe, question, research, measure and draw aerial perspectives.

Students use their knowledge and skills to design a blueprint and build their very own medieval castle!


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.