Canterbury’s Years 5-6 Spark Program | Structural Engineering: Building Bridges

Semester 1, 2024 Spark Topic | Structural Engineering: Building Bridges

Around the world, bridges are used to connect areas and people.

Some may span long distances over water, others may be responsible for carrying heavy loads over valleys, while other bridges may even be required to move or transform – allowing other transport modes to come through.

In this subject, students examine what goes into researching, planning, designing, testing and building a successful bridge.


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.